Labriola On Bryant: ‘His Upper-Body Is Well-Defined’

Unless I’ve overlooked them, I’ve yet to see any pictures of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant taking part in any of the team’s voluntary offseason training sessions since he returned to town. However, that’s not a big deal right now if he indeed isn’t considering that he might still need to meet other stipulations related to his recent conditional reinstatement.

Rest assured that Bryant is back around the team once again and according to Bob Labriola of, he looks like he’s in great shape.

“I’ve seen Bryant around the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, and he definitely didn’t spend his time away from the Steelers laying around on the couch eating bon-bons,” Labriola recently wrote. “He didn’t get shorter or slower, that’s for sure, and his upper body is well-defined. There also seems to be a resolve about him that he didn’t have during his first couple of seasons in the NFL.”

While it’s not much news, it’s good news nonetheless and with the Steelers set to begin their annual OTA sessions next week, all we can do right now is sit back and wait and see if he’ll be allowed to participate.

If you’ve been following along with the offseason news concerning Bryant, you know by now that he was reportedly training vigorously in Las Vegas while away from the team. That training apparently resulted in him adding some weight and judging by the few pictures that he has posted in recent weeks, he looks great and that matches Labriola’s recent assessment of the former fourth-round draft pick out of Clemson.

Over the course of the past several years it seems as though the Steelers have always had some sort of drama going on when they were about to start their OTA sessions. This year, however, there doesn’t appear to be any and that’s obviously a great sign.

Bryant now has an opportunity to be one of the league’s top comeback stories in 2017 and the Steelers offense could certainly use the kind of contributions he was providing on a regular basis prior to him being suspended for a year. Judging by the latest report from Labriola, Bryant appears ready to pick up right where he left off and potentially become the league’s top deep threat like many thought would happen a little more than a year ago.

  • StillersInThe6

    I guess you’re relegated to strictly upper-body workouts when you’ve got a bum hip…

    **being partially facetious..**

  • gdeuce

    It’s also pretty hard to run in the 4.3 range with a bum hip

  • D.j. Reynolds

    How’d the hip look, Labriola???

  • afrazier9

    I hope this guy can keep it together he owes it too his self enjoy your blessings. We might not need Ladarius put Bryant at tightened

  • Ike Evans

    This just in….leveon bell has abs

  • StillersInThe6

    agreed, but, to be fair to ‘logic’, the report came after that video surfaced, to my knowledge

  • Jason Vancil

    Just wake me when he is catching Touchdowns again.

  • Douglas Andrews

    MB when asked “all I do is catch TD’s”

  • Conserv_58

    I found it quite interesting that Bob Labriola never mentioned Martavis’ hip as being an issue. It sure makes one wonder.

  • Charles Mullins

    How did his upper hip look?

  • Darth Blount 47

    Baby Moss is looking DYN-O-MITE!

  • Paddy

    I see he’s hiding his right hip in that shot! (sarcasm)

  • Matt Manzo

    So Bouchette says his hip is screwed and Labriola says his upper body is awesome? Wtf is going on?

  • VaDave

    The Cone of Secrecy is preventing him from disclosing. So how about Coates’ fingers instead???

  • VaDave

    He’s all set for the Olympic Barrel racing team….

  • walter

    He has completed his treatment plan?

  • Rob H

    With his combination of size and speed, he was a freak even before all the drama.
    Now, a year later he has obviously added more strength, while maintaining his speed. IF he also added resolve, and even a little bit of self discipline…look the hell out, because he will be an absolute beast this season!

  • Conserv_58

    Well, based on what we’ve been told about his fingers he won’t be directing traffic.

  • Conserv_58

    “If he added resolve and a little discipline”? Really?

    What, his coaching youth football, ridding himself of the negative influences in his life, hiring a trainer, getting in the best shape of his life, having a child, passing his drug tests and staying on the straight and narrow isn’t enough for you to realize that he had the resolve and self discipline to change his life around?

  • Rob H

    Nope, and I’m not quite sure what issue you have with that, other than maybe not fully understanding what addiction is, and how it works.
    It doesn’t just go away after a while, and it’s not just how he made it through the adverse times away from his team that are hard, it’s how he maintains that self-discipline over a period of time when things are going well. Why do you think they want to make sure he has a plan and support structure (including a professional counselor) in place before they give him full reinstatement? It’s because avoiding relapse is often more tricky than getting clean in the first place, just in differents ways.
    I’m ecstatic that he has been doing all the right things, and beyond my own selfish reasons as a fan, I hope he continues on his current path, and reaches his full potential, not only as a football player (which is through the roof,) but also as a person. You’ll have to excuse me though, if I take a wait and see approach, and see if he can at least make it through the entire season before I definitively state that he has proven that he has the resolve and self-discipline necessary to stay clean for the long haul.

  • pittfan

    I understand your guarded optimism. I share the same concern. Not because I wish him ill, to the contrary. I wish him all the success in the world. I’d like nothing more than to have stay clean the rest of his life and fulfill his obligations to his kids, his family, and his team (in that order).
    My caution comes in that I understand the nature of addiction. To date, I personally know people who have been trying to stay clean the past 30 years but have not been able to. Addiction is a demon and not well understood or appreciated for its cunning nature.
    Let’s go #10!!

  • pittfan

    He is without a doubt moving in the right direction and I’m excited to see it continue

  • Steel Realist PAul

    If we get there (the beginning of the season), I’ll be stoked. But considering all that we know, there’s still a long way to go.

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  • Eric Mack

    I hope he has. But those stories don’t prove anything. He has showed immaturity on twitter still recently. But he has passed many drug tests in the last year so fingers crossed!

  • pittsburghjoe

    its a work of art until you reach his cranium.

  • Conserv_58

    I fully understand addiction because I was a nicotine addict for decades. I also fully understand and appreciate that recovery is a day to day process and what is involved in maintaining what it takes to stay off of our addiction.

    I guess I get a little testy when fans keep riding his back about staying clean.

  • Conserv_58

    We definitely differ on our opinion regarding his tweet to Coates. IMO, those that see it as being an immature act are too thin skinned and PC obsessed to see it for what it was meant to be.

    I, on the other hand, take no issue with it, what so ever. In fact I liked it because it not only showed he’s honest about what he sees and thinks, but it should light a fire under Sammie’s butt and serve as a reminder that he had better be on his P’s and Q’s come training camp or else JuJu will take his spot in the pecking order and maybe his job. Furthermore, Coates didn’t take issue with it and based on Tomlin’s and Colbert’s reactions to it they feel the same way I do. They liked it for the same reasons.

  • Eric Mack

    As someone who wasn’t even officially a member of the team at the time because of his own mistakes, he was in no position at all to light a fire under anyones butt. But I hope he has a great season and helps us win a championship. I have very little doubt he’s here for one or at the most two more seasons. So both sides should take advantage while it lasts.