Steelers Martavis Bryant Among NFL’s Top Five Deep Threats, According To NFL.com

Even though he’s only played in 11 total games so far during his career, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant is already considered by Bucky Brooks of NFL.com as being one of the top five deep threats in the league.

Bryant, who caught 26 passes for 549 yards and 8 touchdowns last season as a rookie, is ranked as Brooks’ No. 4 overall deep threat wide receiver heading into 2015.

Brooks writes:

Bryant hasn’t cracked the Steelers’ starting lineup, but he has already impressed coaches around the NFL. Despite suiting up in only 10 games as a rookie, Bryant scored eight touchdowns and posted five catches of 40-plus yards. The 6-foot-4, 211-pounder routinely blew past defenders on vertical routes, exhibiting a combination of size, speed and leaping ability that makes him an extremely tough cover on the perimeter. Although he remains a work in progress as a route runner, Bryant’s ability to impact the game as a downfield playmaker creates issues for defensive coordinators intent on slowing down the Steelers’ triplets (Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown) with aggressive schemes. Considering the lack of depth and talent in most defensive backfields, the prospect of getting the ultra-explosive Bryant a one-on-one matchup with a CB3 or CB4 should make coordinator Todd Haley giddy as a play caller.

Ahead of Bryant on Brooks’ list is DeSean Jackson, Jordy Nelson and T.Y. Hilton, respectively, and as of right now, you’re unlikely to find many people that will take issue with that.

Last year, Bryant was targeted more than 15 yards past the line of scrimmage a total of 23 times during the regular season and he caught nine of those passes for 406 yards and five touchdowns. You’d like to see his 39.1 deep pass completion percentage improve some during his second season and odds are that it will.

Bryant has added some muscle mass this offseason in addition to working on improving his hand fighting by incorporating some MMA training out in California. The Clemson product is expected to have a very productive 2015 season for the Steelers and at this same time next year, he very well could be considered by many as being the top deep threat in the league.

  • Vinhuddle

    Really hope this guy can be the next GREAT Steelers WR.

  • Shawn S.

    Love the gif. The toe tap showed that even raw he coul do more than just run under bombs.

  • VIPSteel

    They really need to relax with all this Martavis Bryant praising. I understand that he has a chance to be great, but all these expectations and praises are a little bit wild

  • Orlysteel

    Born to be wild, VIPSteel, there’s a lot to get excited about with this cat! Tangible evidence!

  • Spencer Krick

    Not bad for a 4th round pick 😉

  • Orlysteel

    That pony is going to do a lot of tricks.

  • pittfan

    Frankly, I was surprised not to see Dez and megatron in that top 5 list. But, I’ll admit to being giddy about the potential this whole unit has, particularly with 10 taking the top off the defense.

  • WeWantDaTruth

    We’ll see how our WR corps do against a tougher schedule this year. It all comes down to the O-line and how well they can keep #7 clean.

  • steelersfan

    Cool. I’d put aj green on that list somewhere

  • JB Burgess

    Many in here said not to expect much from him… And McCullers…

  • Axe Skot

    Also love the throw. Ben steps up under a collapsing pocket and delivers.

  • MarcWash

    Its going to be hard to stop our offense. If the defense can come along to do a better job of stopping the run and getting a better pass rush we will be in the super bowl again this season. Barring any significant injuries of course. Our offense will average 28 points this year!!