Martavis Bryant: ‘JuJu Is No Where Near Better Than Me’

Martavis Bryant and the Pittsburgh Steelers just can’t get through a victory without some drama. After last week’s win over the Kansas City Chiefs, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Bryant requested a trade. Those reports were downplayed and generally swept under the rug. But this time, it might be tougher.

On the fantasyfootballcounselor Instagram page, depicting the following play of a Ben Roethlisberger incompletion to Antonio Brown, Bryant got into a back-and-forth with fans.

One commenter said “JuJu is better,” prompting the following response from Bryant. The comments have now been deleted but captured by several people, including Matt.

In it, Bryant’s official account writes.

“juju is nowhere near better than me fool all they need to do is give me what i want and y’all can have Juju or who ever else.”

Bryant attempted to walk back those comments a little while later with this response I have screenshotted. But he reiterates that he “wants his.”

Here, Bryant says JuJu Smith-Schuster is “the future” but writes “I just want mines period point blank.”

We will continue to update this story.

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  • PaeperCup

    *sigh*

  • WARisHELL

    Fantasy football players complaining about who’s getting targets. There are few things on this earth I could care less about. As for Bryant, they should trade him to the Browns.

  • HiVul

    He needs to get off of social media point blank period

  • Reginald Pippin

    It is telling that he’s not getting the football as much as he should.

  • mape_ape

    What a loser.

  • Steelers12

    As the commenter said below this sounds like a good man posting this stuff

  • Ray

    As a side note, this fantasy football guy says why would Ben force the ball to AB?? How about he’s the best WR in football and will be a lock HOFer

  • Joseph DeFazio

    How about a nice ride on the pine #10? Usually, I don’t care what these guys say, winning takes care of most problems. This guy, however, is just rubbing me wrong this year – all the way back to his comments at the draft. 19 is just a better football player right now for this team.

  • Reader783

    Gotta be honest, his frustration seems to be justified. I’ll admit I can’t see him running his routes downfield, not sure if he’s getting open or if Todd is just making him run streaks all the time, but he’s clearly not getting anywhere near the reps he used to get. Personally, I think it’s because he’s more or less in the same spot as Vance McDonald, a new player with no mini-camp this year.

    Regardless, MB is best to stay off social media if he cares about keeping the locker room on his side….they clearly love Juju.

  • Gluebucket

    Alright, time to trade him. I was so excited to have him back but his play has been just okay, and now he’s becoming a distraction we don’t need.

  • WARisHELL

    Gotta love that guy that suggests NE at a trade partner. If there’s one team on this earth they’d NEVER trade him to it’s NE…

  • JT

    Not only is Juju performing at a higher level now….he’s just a better person than you are. Grow up.

  • Big Joe

    Ok, so what’s the bottom line? Was he open either on that 3rd and 1? Was he open most other times? He got exactly 1 less pass thrown to him than did JJSS. Does B.B. still throw too much to AB, yes, but he comes through more often than not because he has the route and move details down to create space. Unless someone plays off of MB, he generally doesn’t get open if B.B. doesn’t have a lot of time for deep throws or to wait for MB to get open. He should just do what he can to help the team win and stop complaining.

  • CP72

    Just another guy who’s production will never match his talent. I almost think this offense would be better off with DHB.

    He’s deep ball throw Ben didn’t look very happy. I wonder if he quit running again.

  • SfSteeler

    is it because the season is humming along…5-2, no injuries, but we gotta have every other week locker room sheit…?

    1 catch 3 yards, id be kinda tangled bout it!

  • JohnnyFootball

    It had to be an imposter posting that after he was hacked.I was told all week it is impossible that he wanted a trade and that Rapaport was just making stuff up, even after his GF basically confirmed it in comments. Nothing to see here.

  • PaeperCup

    Yup. And for this play..it was going to AB the whole time.

  • melblount

    Like my mama always used to say, “A dope is as a dope does.”

    Earth to MB: JuJu is the present and the future. You conversely are a blip of the past, with a chance to be part of the present and future. But it ain’t looking good for you right now.

  • Zarbor

    Agreed. Get off social media during the season. If he has any complaints about not getting the ball…see the loser of the game Haley. My hand is on the handle ready to flush Haley down the toilet. His play calling has been a steaming pile.

  • Jason Vancil

    Martavis is only hurting himself with this nonsense. You effed up kid. And you are still suffering the consequences. Such is life. Sack up, shut up, cash your paycheck, keep working hard and take advantage of your opportunities when they come.

  • 太阳三联

    He’s honestly getting no looks whatsoever tho.

  • Stay tuned for “As the Steelers Turns!”

  • Big Joe

    Despite your point, which I understand because it is frustrating to listen to, I wouldn’t go that far regarding Hamilton or Ayers. He keeps this up, Hunter may find himself getting more playing time

  • Stevie D

    I agree Big Ben does force the ball AB to much. I don’t recall seeing AB open to much in this game and Big Ben still throw the ball to him. You can’t tell me Martavis not open on some of these plays when AB is getting double coverage. I even seen pass thrown to Ju Ju and he was covered, but Ben gave him chance to make a play. Don’t see this with Martavis.

  • Chad Sanborn

    No one helped him? He wants his? Lol all signs of a very selfish person who lacks self confidence and seeks it through rewards and accolades. Better just cut our losses on him in the off season. I hear the Browns are hiring.

  • melblount

    With the Steelers in need of a shot at a franchise QB next year in next year’s draft, you may be on to something there. As for a guy with MB’s ‘tude, it would be poetic justice for him.

  • John Noh

    I really wouldn’t be surprised if he started toking again, the way this is going.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    I bet if Gronk was on the table they would consider……

  • JT

    My God. The only person I hate more than Bryant right now than the guy on Instagram. STFU.

  • Justin Warrenfeltz

    I wouldn’t. Not with his injury history.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Team needs to step in and ban Martavis from using social media. Too much nowadays is not staying in house and getting worked out.

  • Joseph DeFazio

    I hear ya – might be a trust issue with Ben. Not sure if 7 trusts him

  • Reader783

    Or at least ban social media for 12 hours after a game…that would solve the live stream fiasco as well

  • JT

    What kind of loser does Bryant have for an agent? Your client is already extremely unstable off the field, and you have all this nonsense going all over social media now? Doing nothing but hurting himself. That big payday he surely wants is looking more and more unlikely.

  • Jacob

    Martavis is his own man but I have to partly blame AB who sets a bad example of whining for the ball. Now Martavis is whining… poor Ben.

  • Darth Blount 47

    HAHAHAHA! That was funny.

  • Shawn S.

    Sadly that’s what I worry about too.

  • StolenUpVotes

    Got a look on that bomb where he channeled his inner Coates and forgot how to track the football

  • Dave D

    This is the thing that pisses me off. Dang fantasy football site bitching about targets. SMFH

  • John

    True. It seems they are intentionally going elsewhere even if it may hurt the team.

  • Dave D

    I was here at the game and the only long attempt to Bryant, he had the most incredibly lazy attempt at a ball to his outside shoulder. Though he would have had to fight through the CB, he didn’t even make an effort. Just kept running straight…then straight back to the huddle. I turned to my wife and said I wasn’t sure I’ve ever seen a lazier attempt. To be fair, it is possible that he didn’t see it in the lights. And to his credit, on Bell’s 42 yard reception, Bryant was blocking the CB 40 yards down the field to help pick up those last 5-10 yards…

  • StolenUpVotes

    Dude just failed to even find the ball. If he does it’s 6…..

  • #7

    In a year that’s been full of dumb stories, this may be the dumbest.

  • Dan

    Eh, the lack of production stems from his own rust from not playing in awhile, the emerging Juju, and this team turning more into a running team. Still though, he’s not making it easier on himself.

  • pcantidote

    He’s gone. This is on par with Blount walking off the field. Bryant has played his last game as a Steeler. Time for DHB to step up.

  • Jason Kelley

    This jumped out at me, too, bragging about coming back from a hole he put himself in. You shouldn’t have had to come back from it in the first place, dummy. The team has invested millions in him. His coaches and teammates have invested time and effort into trying to make him a great player. Dude needs to shut up with the whining and victim complex.

  • #7

    No it’s not and no he hasn’t.

  • Jason Kelley

    AB didn’t whine for the ball until after he worked to become one of the best WR in the NFL. Maybe Bryant should follow that example.

  • Dave D

    This. Exactly. Didn’t even make an effort to the ball. I turned to my wife in our seats and said, “laziest attempt ever…”

  • Reader783

    (and not getting suspended, missing camp, missing a season)

  • pcantidote

    I guess we’ll see. I’ll be very disappointed if he isn’t at least suspended. I actually think DHB is better anyway.

  • #7

    Saying he’s better than a teammate really isn’t that big a deal. I’m sure these guys do it all the time with each other. It’s not in the same galaxy as what Blount did. Bryant will be here through the remainder of the season, as long as he stays out of trouble of course.

  • gentry_gee

    Ben does have major tunnel vision this year. He is stuck on one read for every play instead of going thru his progressions. I’d like to see the all 22 and see what kind of separation he’s getting.

  • SoCal Steeler

    I hope Martavis reads this. I am a fan and don’t know why he’s not getting more targets but it does appear that he’s not kicking in the afterburners until after the ball is thrown. Kick on those afterburners early Martavis and you’ll be so open that Ben will have to start throwing you the ball. Then we’ll see the Martavis we all love, we’ll all get No. 7 and Martavis will end up with a big payday after that.

  • Michael Cunningham

    Just zip it and keep giving 100% on your routes kid .. the ball will start coming your way eventually

  • pcantidote

    Couldn’t disagree more. Blount walked off from his team. So did Bryant. Whether it’s one teammate or the whole team, it can’t happen. I can’t even think of another example of someone trashing his own teammate like that. Not ok.

  • 太阳三联

    Need another look but didnt look like a good pass to me. Trailed out of bounds.

  • #7

    He didn’t say JuJu stinks. He said he’s better. That’s not trashing his teammate. Bryant didn’t walk off, he was kicked off by the league. Blount took his ball and went to NE.

  • Applebite

    Ben and Haley aren’t helping matters here. Outside forces are trying to drive a wedge between Bryant and the team. It’s obvious that these people don’t want to see the Steelers with this kind of potential, almost as if they’ll have to eat their words in the meanwhile.

    But seriously, bubble screens for a WR his size is ridiculous. Bubble screens are for the likes of Eli Rogers, not somebody that’s 6’4″…

  • Reader783

    I mean MB already did this same thing when Juju got drafted and he tweeted “That is Sammie’s replacement”. Tomlin said “Play nice” and that was it.

    Walking off the field in the middle of a game is an absolute disgrace. Have to agree with #7, not even the same universe. Classy? No. As abhorrent as quitting on your team in the middle of a game outwardly and clearly? No.

  • Reader783

    Great point. Reverses and bubble screens are Haley’s idea of getting MB involved. Goal to go? Bench the 6’5″ MB and put in Eli Rogers…no clue what Haley is thinking….at all.

  • pcantidote

    How exactly DO you get him involved? He can’t catch the deep ball, he is ineffective on screens, he doesn’t go full speed on reverses, he doesn’t have route precision to do the rest of the route tree.

  • pcantidote

    He said “y’all can have JuJu”. Who the hell says that about a teammate that is helping you win games. Y’all can have Bryant.

  • #7

    Reason number 8 million why I loathe fantasy football

  • Reader783

    You can’t tell me a dude with his speed can’t win on a slant and a dude of his height can’t win a jump ball as compared to Eli Rogers on the 3 yard line.

    There is no justification in my mind for MB getting what seemed like 0 goal line reps to Eli’s what seemed like 10

  • Bo Taylor

    FAKE NEWS!!! This was not posted by Bryant. His account is @thabestuno not @martavisbryant10

  • #7

    To a bunch of fantasy players. Who cares? I’m sure JuJu doesn’t.

  • Alex Kozora

    @thebestuno is his Twitter account. This is from his Instagram.

    It’s real.

  • pcantidote

    Except that he has bad hands. I’ve never seen him go up and attack and win a jump ball. He’s too soft. I’ll give you the slants. He has shown ability there.

  • Reader783

    I’d rather a jump ball to MB than whatever Eli can do on the 3 yard line. He’s not big enough to create separation with press coverage on the goal line.

  • pcantidote

    Uh, no. He said it to the world.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    A big game can delete all of this, but he’s going to have to play better. Shid I want him to get his too! Him on his game can help us get to the Superbowl, but talkin’ crazy is not going to help anything.

  • pcantidote

    He’s never caught a jump ball. He is too soft. He’s like Forrest Gump. You just tell him to run. That’s it.

  • #7

    You’re right. And dollars to donuts JuJu still doesn’t care.

  • Reader783

    He had one of the best catches I’ve ever seen in my entire life on a fade against the Bengals in the playoffs.

  • Lambert58

    Good lord.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    He’s caught a few.

  • pcantidote

    You’re probably right, but that’s only because JuJu is by all accounts a classy kid that knows he can outwork MB. He isn’t worried about him and knows he won’t be around for long.

  • pcantidote

    Face it – That was a drop that he lucked into.

  • Danny Porter

    Ughh

  • Reader783

    Ok well he also made great jump ball catches in the end zone against the Cardinals and Colts in his one breakout year. He’s made many jump ball wins in the end-zone…definitely more than Eli.

    No matter what, I can’t be convinved that Eli belongs on the goal line package over MB

  • #7

    That and he in no way trashed JuJu. It’s dumb to say in public because people will make a story out of it but what he said really isn’t a big deal. He probably thinks he’s better than everyone. All these guys do. You kinda have to in order to play at this level.

  • Dennis Wright

    You can’t really blame Bryant for this one. People are instigating stuff. What is he supposed to say? That JuJu is better than him? Of course not. He shouldn’t ever say that. Ever. You want his confidence sky high whether he’s getting the targets now or not. This is a bunch of drama for nothing.

  • pcantidote

    Are you serious? How about he just get the hell off social media and act like a professional?

  • John Pennington

    The steelers need to address the issue about why they are not throwing to MB once and for all.Dont think MB will be on the team after the bye will be surprised he if he is.

  • pcantidote

    Bottom line – if the Steelers thought more Bryant would give them a better chance to win he’d be in the game.

  • Steel Realist PAul

    Not to be crass.. but, sometimes people self medicate for a reason. Bryant has been saying things since the Coates comment that show a lack of maturity that seems like it’s going to crash and burn eventually.

    He can’t be happy unless it’s all going his way. The deep ball to him where he just lost it? Who’s fault is that? Make a play.

  • thomas hmmmm

    I love the Power I formation! Keep the D fresh and beat down the opposing D.
    I like Bryant and hope he does well but he has to realize that the NFL is not a passing league and you dont win championships passing. You win SBs with a run game, a good D, and a QB that knows how to play.
    I would trade MB for 3rd round pick but no team would do that deal, not even Cleveland who needs WRs.
    He just needs to settle down and be patient. He also needs to know that due to his history his next contract will not be what he thinks it should be. No one will put down top dollar for someone who could be suspended permanently if they mess up again.
    His agent is a fool because his agent should know ethe Steelers do not play those games and they will phase him out which hurts MBs next contract. He needs to fire his agent and leave the girl who is speaking for him because they are both ruining his chances at top dollar by giving him bad advice and interfering with his state of mind.

  • Dennis Wright

    Yeah I’m serious. These guys are allowed to be frustrated. We just saw the media bury the Steelers 2 weeks ago and read Ben his last rights and now they’re praising them? Some fans too. Things need to stay in perspective. Bryant has been through a lot….much of which was his own doing but you gotta let the guy work through it. He has busted his ass to get back. He’s hungry and I don’t blame him. He’s really beat the odds so far and I’m pulling hard for him and will continue to do so.

  • John

    Maybe. But on the other hand, the Pats will take away AB and stop the run and then force us to beat them with the rest. Who is that at this point ????? We have become so AB and Bell dominant, we are playing right into their hands.

  • thomas hmmmm

    Their D has been atrocious this season and the only way they stopped him last season was by injurying him.. That is why we have Conner who is very similar to Bell in terms of having the ability to do it all..

  • pittfan

    +100. Responding some twit fantasy football dweeb no less…sheesh Martay, call your sponsor.

  • Josh Knepshield

    Found the FAKE NEWS post. Idiot.

  • NinjaMountie

    I’d have to disagree, my friend. The NFL is a passing league now. The past several SB’s sort of trend that way as well with the big exception being P. Mannings last win in which was just a strange win.

  • John

    Pats held Falcons scoreless in first half. That is not a terrible defense

  • NinjaMountie

    While Bryant appears to have finally shaken off enough of the dumb to not throw away millions for marijuana he doesn’t appear to have shaken enough of it off to quit putting his foot in his mouth. Sigh….I guess some people just can’t help it.

  • Applebite

    You don’t run Bubble Screens with a 6’4″ WR. How many bubble screens did Detroit run with Megatron again? I don’t remember very many, if any at all. There are many ways they can get him going. But the bubble screen certainly isn’t one of them.

    But that’s also dependent on Ben not locking in one Brown, no matter what. And I can understand Ben really getting to like having JuJu available to him. Have they ran JuJu on a bubble screen this year yet? JuJu is at his best in the slot, because he presents the kind of threat to the middle of the field, akin to Boldin in his prime. You don’t want to be the LB that has to cover him or guys like him, one on one.

    The easiest route to defend against a WR, is when the WR has to depend on a seal block to get up field after the catch. No defense is going to allow a Bubble screen to work on them, when the WR target is as large as Bryant. You have to get him out into space. Bubble screens would be good run with AB or Rogers, guys with very good agility, quickness.

    And never mind the fact that, it’s much easier to get after a larger player on the line, than after he’s left beyond 5-10 yds, where he has gotten up to speed and now he’s almost unstoppable and you have to deal with his size in space.

  • NinjaMountie

    What’s he supposed to say to fans speculating on if someone is better than him? Absolutely freaking nothing!!!!!! I don’t even know how there is another decision to be made!

  • NinjaMountie

    All of which was his doing.

  • Shane Mitchell

    Some fans just dont understand the game, relax people, what Martavis said is the truth, so whats the problem? JuJu is a possession WR, he is playing the Jerricho Cotchery role in the offense. He doesnt have the speed or acceleration of a Martavis Bryant outside.

  • Sdale

    That’s what I really want to see. What routes are they having him run and is he getting separation in and out of his breaks? Or, are they just sending him long 90% of the time? He’s been successful with slants. I can’t imagine you couldn’t scheme him open on a post or some other pattern taking advantage of the middle of the field.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    The falcons haven’t been all that great…

  • David Purcell

    I’ll say again my brother Martavis, and so wish it wasn’t so. You have apparently come back after a year as the Glass Giant. Zero lateral agility, zero hip swivel, little acceleration. The definition of total rigidity. Can’t make even a single defender miss you, haven’t all year. And apparently can’t overpower a defender either. So you fall into a heap every time even a smaller defender makes any contact with you. Bizarre and unfortunate for all involved.

  • Obi Ryn Denobi

    “Come to NE!”

    A few years back, Cheatriots needed a feature back — Blount walks off team, right into Belicheat’s lap.

    Fast forward a few years. Squishy Balls needs receivers and all of a sudden least coast media ‘rumors’ Bryant wants a trade! When does this cross the line into tampering, even for …?

  • NinjaMountie

    What does speed or acceleration have anything to do with how immensely stupid his comments were?
    It doesn’t matter if he is right. He shouldn’t be arguing with fans on social media. Lack of maturity to say the least.

  • HiVul

    The NFL has always been a league where being able to win in different ways pays off. I think it’s a passing league in that you have to be able to win that way. The 70s steel curtain teams had a passing game that produced some HOFers too. That said, I think any team with a poor running game and defense will be inconsistent at best.

  • Nathanael Dory

    I seriously think Bryant is right. This game? only 2 targets with a reverse..Like c’mon Haley! c’mon Ben!!! But Bryant shouldn’t have answer

  • Chris92021

    Sigh. Can we just go one week where Bryant is not a story off the field? Just one?

  • PaeperCup

    will it ever end?! Can we get one week talking about just football.

  • blue

    Marty B is capable of taking the top off of the defense and Steelers need him to win the Super Bowl this season, trading him will ruin our chances.

  • Shane Mitchell

    I have no problem with Martavis saying what he feels, not sure why it is such a big issue, as fans we get fed a bunch of BS cliches over and over.

    If he was OK with not having a great season so far and never said a word that would be better?

    Say what you mean, Mean what you say.

  • Rocksolid20

    Well said .

  • Rocksolid20

    Wouldn’t it be more of an issue if we had lost ? I hope he
    has the same complaint about touches after we win the Super Bowl game .

  • Mister Wirez

    The funniest thing was MB’s Tweet on draft day to Sammie Coates telling him that JJSS, was his replacement.. Lol But ironicly, (and Bryant’s not yet aware) that JJSS is probably HIS REPLACEMENT too!

    These boneheads needs to stay off of Twitter, and focus on football, because it’s not very professional reading their dirty landry publicly.

  • Chris92021

    We are not trading him away. However, we probably need to tell him to stay off social media, which is easier said than done.

  • Doug Andrews

    Agreed Reginald not even working him into the offense but as the guy says above just forcing throws into AB

  • Doug Andrews

    From the TV replay it looked like he slowed up. I’m not sure what’s going on behind the scenes but to me if we find ways to “Get BB going”, and to keep AB, and Bell involved in the offense Why don’t we do the same with MB. This would only make the offense better especially in the Red Zone when MB was on the sidelines

  • Reginald Pippin

    They must’ve spotted him at a dispensary and are punishing him by not passing the ball to him the ball for the time being.

  • I.P. Freeley

    Hey MB, shut the f up. Stop running your mouth, and work harder with the team that is paying you, despite your selfish, moronic behavior.

    Does this guy know he has a better chance of winning the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, than getting traded?

    Why not? Well besides the fact that the Steelers would only receive a ham sandwich in a trade for you,

    let’s look at the tape: you don’t get open, you don’t break tackles, your blocking is for sh**, you don’t fight for the ball, and your hands are far less than great, you cry about everyone and everything. . .

    Who the F would want you?

    P.S. JUJU is 20 and more of a man than you, and took your spot, so call it what you will, but thats better than you.

  • DAWAARE

    Trade him to patriots
    Proly win a superbowl lol

  • Can’t we all just get along? LOL

    Another reason I can’t stand Twitter.

  • Shane Mitchell

    You must be a noob or ignorant, Gee Alan Faneca once said something about a certain rookie QB, should we have cut his ass for it? Its not the effn boyscout jamboree its God damn football and not only are things said to team mates but punches are thrown and people are knocked on their ass. This football not a bunch of pusses at your office, understand, Boy?

  • Steven

    Potential isn’t enough. Got to turn up everyday and grind.

  • Rick McClelland

    I see that MB wasn’t and English major in college. His deft command of the English language screams hood.

  • HondoCogburn

    Another T.O.

  • Michael James

    If he continues like this, the Steelers should really be looking if somebody offers them a good deal for Bryant.

  • Eddie Cruz

    Bye martecia

  • kakello34

    It would be nice if there was a tape breakdown of the times when MB had separation and got himself open and the ball was thrown to another covered guy.

  • will

    No injuries?

  • will

    Did they stand for the anthem?

  • will

    Suspended for what exactly?

  • will

    Ok paddicake…….

  • will

    Oh……like A.B.?

  • melblount

    Yo, Martavis, your words are disturbing

    “And that cigarette you’re smoking
    ‘Bout to scare me half to death
    Open up the window sucka
    Let me catch my breath”

    -Three Dog Night

  • Doug Andrews

    IMO not having him on the field for Redzone opportunities is the difference between kicking xtra points and kicking FG’s

  • Work Toward

    Big Ben is at fault for allowing this energy with Bryant to exist. Since training camp those two appear not to resolved the insulting/nonsupportive comments made by Ben. Now because Ben’s skills are on the demise he can’t spread the ball around. So the slot receivers, tight ends or Bryant can’t receive love/fantasy points. The Killer B’s are selfishly executing a few wins at the expense of true team-work…? Ben doesn’t have many wins left so with that said Here We Go Steelers… Here we go….?

  • Dorian James

    This guy still has the mind of a adolescent, maybe he should take everyone’s advice and stay off social media.
    And for the record Juju is better than him LOL. Better hands, better route running, better blocking, oh yeah and way more mature at a younger age

  • michael young

    The real question is, why is Martavis subscribed to the Fantasy Football Counselor?

  • Work Toward

    Remember Emanuel Sanders…

  • Xclewsive

    I feel for Bryant because he’s not being utilized. The offense is struggling in the red zone and he’s standing on the side line.

  • Conserv_58

    I can understand Martavis’ being frustrated, but airing his frustration on Twitter, especially immediately following a game is not going to endear him to the coaching staff or the front office. Social media is the bane of pro sports.

  • lone pistol

    He is just not real good right now. Its not Bens fault or the coaches. Bad routes, no separation, no fight for the ball and if you just bump in to him he trips up and falls over. He regressed to much because of the suspensions its 100% all on MB no one else.

  • Eric Robinson

    Everybody’s complaining like Ben never forced the football in his 14 years or was one sided wow do you all forget or when he held on the football to long and so on

  • Eric Robinson

    He ain’t the same can’t you see it

  • Conserv_58

    All that commentator did was to expose himself as being an ignorant tool. He jumped on the bash Ben bandwagon by perpetrating the false narrative that Ben intentionally forces the ball to AB at the expense of his other receivers.

  • Conserv_58

    I also didn’t forget that he lead this teamed to three SB’s and won two of them.

  • Will

    I’ve seen MB get targeted on several deep balls this season. Pretty much it always looks like him and BB are not on the same page.

    Only remember one deep target this game but at first I thought it was gonna be a good play but he seemed to slow up and never got anywhere close to the ball.

  • EdJHJr

    He does force the ball to Brown and it’s partially his fault Smith is even here

  • EdJHJr

    Makes me wonder is Coates playing at all

  • Stairway7

    And just what do you think you would get for Bryant? Maybe a conditional 6th rounder. The dude is one toke away from a lifetime suspension and is now turning into a lockeroom cancer.

  • Jason Dock Dudley

    one comment brought an intersting point. I wonder if this is his girlfriend.

  • Alan Tman

    The NFL is a passing league when you have a passing QB. The rules of the game are set up to pass. What are you going to do move the ball 7 yards at a time or 14 yards at a time? It’s a no brainer. You have to do what makes your team successful. That’s the teams identity.

  • pittsburghjoe

    He has limited trade value. He has a documented suspension history and is now a bad team mate. He has bad mouthed jjss and Sammy Coates. You won’t get much for the guy. If he starts to tear the team apart your options are limited. Trade him for a cup of coffee or deactivate him.

  • pittfan

    He Who Shall Not Be Named could take journalism lessons from SD

  • pittsburghjoe

    If it is, someone please introduce her to Tom Brady.

  • T R

    back to IG/twitter he goes.. Guess JuJu is his replacement too.. he failed to mention that during draft when he twitter Juju was Coates replacement.

  • Mike

    Is this spreading rumors? Not his Twitter handle..

  • T R

    yeah that’s his IG account. not twitter.

  • pittfan

    I’d like to see that myself. Hard to judge without seeing examples.

  • francesco

    The problem is Ben and Haley. All game its LBell or ABrown. Crumbs to the rest.
    Haley going to bruise LBell all season only to see him hurt for the playoffs.
    AB going to be triple covered in the playoffs and Ben will have no chemistry with anybody else. In contrast… Patriots throwing to all their receivers (Amendola, Hogan, Gronkowski, and Cooks) and give the ball to all four running backs (Gillislee, Lewis, White and Burkhead).
    There is no excuse for Haley and Ben to not involve MBryant. I hope he gets traded so that we can all live in our fears.

  • Kingsteeler68

    The Steelers Cannot, I will repeat, cannot beat the Patriots without Martavis Bryant,JuJu is good but not good enough for Bill Belichick, and whoever believe something different need to replay the AFC championship game last year, all of the young inexperienced receivers got shut down, Trust me, we need Martavis!!

  • walter

    Wow the kid has issues. So much for being a team player. Sounds like jealousy but why is MBs talent not showing? I hope he hasn’t lost a step. I guess the year off away from football really hurt him. I hope he doesn’t end up on the bench or in the doghouse. But we will play the best player available. The best way to “get mines” is to keep working hard and do the best you possibly can.

  • thomas hmmmm

    Oh it’s a no brainer to move the ball 14 yards at a time versus 14 yards at a time? No offense but that’s a no brainer because your not thinking about anything more than 14 being larger than 7. Now think about which has a higher success right to achieve happening, the 14 or the 7?
    Anyways it is all about wins and loses not about how many yards your offense gains and not what the media says. Go back and look at every year for the past 20 seasons and tell me which type of team has a better chance of making the playoffs, the teams that lead the league in rushing or the teams that lead the league in passing. In ever year there are more top rushing teams in the playoffs than top passing teams. Not only that but as a result of the running game most of those top rushing offenses have better D’s because they are on the field a whole lot less.

  • thomas hmmmm

    The strength of the teams running game dictates how long the opposing offense is on the field which means the team’s D with the better run game will be on the field less, usually correlates to better defensive stats for a multitude of reasons.

  • ThatGuy

    How come all these issues arise after wins? Lol

  • thomas hmmmm

    Falcons this year is not the same as Falcons last year.. They are struggling big time now.

  • Mike

    Oh bummer. Someone needs to cacel his social accounts. He says the right things when being interviewed but not on social.

  • SwagDaddy330

    How could you feel bad for a guy like him? Juju wouldn’t be on this roster if it weren’t for his dope smoking.

  • SwagDaddy330

    Exactly. But what else would you expect from a guy who inked up his neck?

  • walter

    Bingo. MB is obviously not the same. Maybe he cant function without weed? ha ha that was a sick joke. However i agree he is not the same and the year away from the NFL and not allowed to participate in camp early, really hurt him. I hope he can hold it together, keep trying and make a comeback the 2nd half.

  • rdjmsr53

    Coach needs to reel him in, quickly. He needs to man-up.

  • Steel Realist PAul

    Liking the selection of Juju more every week.

  • thomas hmmmm

    Pats and Falcons were both top rushing teams last season, while being top passing teams also. Just look at which type of team makes the playoffs more often, passing teams or the rushing teams.
    You will see that the top rushing teams makes the playoffs more frequently year in and year out.
    If it is all about winning and making the playoffs and being a top rushing team increases your chances of making the playoffs over being a top passing offense then you should/could say that it is still a running league.

  • walter

    But MB admitted he never took practice serious in his life. In the past, he made it on sheer talent. Something is not right.

  • walter

    And Coates was replaced.

  • WilliamSekinger

    At this point Martavis isn’t good enough either -or- haven’t you been watching lately?

  • NinjaMountie

    You don’t argue with your wife in public. You don’t talk bad about your family to outsiders. You don’t act in a way that brings negative attention to your family, business, friends or, in this case, your team.
    You call them cliches. I call them standards of decent conduct.
    He’s entitled to his feelings and he’s entitled to talk about them to people that can actually impact his situation. Talking about them, as he did, to people who can do nothing and aren’t capable of influencing anything is commonly know as bi***ing. Nothing good ever comes of that and there is only one type of person that does it.

  • Bradys_Dad

    We should never, ever consider trading anyone at any level, custodian, ballboy, assistant to the assistant of the head groundskeeper, and definitely not Bryant, NO ONE EVER, to the Patriots.

  • Kelly Johnson

    I don’t think the team is going intentionally elsewhere…the coaches want to win. I think it’s a case that Ben just trusts AB more and that is his go to guy. With that said, I do think that is the problem with the passing game…Ben needs to try and get others more involved and stop locking on to AB so much. Ben is the biggest reason Bryant isn’t getting the ball more.

  • Bradys_Dad

    The instant gratification generation. Patience grasshopper, patience. It’s not like you’re getting paid less for not being thrown the ball.

  • walter

    Good point but he wont get a huge contract in 2 years if he doesnt produce.

  • capehouse

    Ha! What a tool. Those that took Bryant for his word last week can consider themselves played.

  • Bill Thompson

    It’s obvious, the guy is selfish and lacks intelligence. He’s in this position because of his history. They bring in a young, charismatic, straight laced guy who is willing to do everything to help a football team win. JuJu blocks, is upbeat, and will emerge into a great target. He doesn’t have Bryant’s drooling upside, but he does everything to help a football team. Demanding a trade and putting down your teammates after a huge win against a division rival is evidence that this guy is about himself. I don’t know the union rules, but I would offer him up for 1st rounder (which no one will do) and tell him to shut up or sit. I wish they could suspend him and just let him rot. At this point that would be better for the team. No way do they let another player bully them into going to a rival (like Blount). Let him rot.

  • John Noh

    With FAR less talent.

  • Xclewsive

    Charles Johnson, Palxico, Hines, Randel El , Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, Santonioi Holmes, Emmanuel Sanders, JUJU, Sammie Coates, Martavis Bryant. Have all been drafted by the Steelers with WR already on the roster. Regardless of what happen with Martavis there isn’t anyway to say the Steelers still don’t draft JUJU.

    My point is that the Steelers are struggling in the red zone and it seems that everybody outside of MB is being allowed to contribute or put their hand in the pile. I know it’s a long season and there are ebs and flows to it, but one deep shot and a speed sweep don’t maximize MB ability.

    Also I wish fans would stop holding things over players head like they are holier than thou.

  • FanInExile

    I see part, maybe most, of MB’s value as injury insurance right now. We’ve been very lucky so far with injuries to receivers, so to me, it might be a good idea to have someone with MB’s ability ready(?) to step up if AB or JJSS go down. Managing the locker room is clearly a challenge, though, so losing insurance for some draft value may not be the worst thing.

  • Nathanael Dory

    Im sure he is happy with the win. But look he is the #2 receiver on this team and even Eli had more target than him.

  • SwagDaddy330

    Fans stop holding this stuff over players heads? Hmmmm.

    MB was suspended for an entire year and the team stood by him. He comes back and all the sudden wants to be a huge part of the O? C’mon. He’s lucky to have a freaking job.

  • Grant Humphrey

    Shut your mouth and go to practice and work harder quit complaining this isn’t going to be handed to you.

  • VinHuddle

    Amen

  • melblount

    I think the Steelers FO is doing the right thing with this week’s MB drama series. They’re waiting for a post/text/tweet/call from MB’s girlfriend before saying/doing anything.

    After it’s received, they’ll then collectively pi$$ themselves laughing at this comedy act.

  • VinHuddle

    “I just want mine’s period, point blank” probably sums his attitude up perfectly…and grasp of English lol

  • melblount

    When I watched MB’s very first interview as a Steeler I thought, “This guy is dumber than a bag of rocks.”

    Add a couple years of smoking dope to that and this is what a bag of rocks evolves to.

  • Grant Humphrey

    That’s very true he needs to do well in the role that Haley and Tomlin are giving him

  • VinHuddle

    LOL

  • Grant Humphrey

    They should honestly trade him to the Browns he deserves it for complaining this much.

  • melblount

    “The problem is Ben and Haley. All game its LBell or ABrown. Crumbs to the rest.”

    Didn’t the Cryboys win three SBs (including one of the ones I attended) and become a Team of the Decade with their triplets?

  • #beatthepats

    He has proved himself not to be a good teamate, Ben doesnt trust him , and Bens reaction to his effort on that longball- basically looked like Wft was that martavis. I think its over for him here, does he not realize we made it to the championship without him? Juju is leaps and bounds better, justin hunter has better hands / experiance in the redzone- well miss him like we do mike wallace / sammie coates..

  • NinjaMountie

    12 teams make the playoffs. That’s more than a 1/3. You’re going to get a wide variety of offenses with that amount of teams.
    I’m not saying a running game isn’t important or that you can’t win with one. I’m just saying this is passing league now. There was an effort to make it one and it worked.

  • pittfan

    Tell that to Martavis. He wasnt there because he put weed over team.
    I hope at least HE realizes that.

  • Grant Humphrey

    MB is getting a little bit of Karma lol

  • Grant Humphrey

    Bryant is a 1 trick pony he can’t do much besides run straight down the field and draw defenders off of AB

  • gdeuce

    why was he more productive before he got interested in training in the off-season and taking his job seriously?

  • melblount

    SI’s Jacob Feldman wrote a great article dated August 1, 2017 entitled, “Martavis Bryant Will Take the Steelers to the Super Bowl. Or Spoil Their Season. Again.” It contains my favorite MB quote of all-time:

    “I smoked because I was able to,” he says. As for the drug program, “I never really paid it no mind.”

    Well, that favorite quote status has come under fire (sic) these past two weeks with MB’s ramblings but it is for the time being still holding the #1 spot.

    Trusting he’s gonna be able to out do it – he’s sure practicing enough saying really STOOPID stuff. Should be just a matter of time.

  • hdogg48

    MB has all the physical tools to succeed in the NFL ie. Size,
    speed and strength.

    I also give him credit for having the willpower and
    strength of character (so far) to overcome his addiction demons.

    He needs to work on the mental part of the game, which is
    also a huge part of the equation….starting with NEVER badmouth a teammate!

  • Pghomer

    I hate to say it…but this is exactly what I’ve been seeing all year too.
    Excellent observation and comment David.

  • H.K. northern cali

    Yet!!

  • #beatthepats

    Exactly!

  • mhurk

    I agree, social media isnt working for Him, He needs to throw a tantrum on the sideline and start knocking stuff over, thats what works 😉 I hope this crap dont rub off on JuJu.

  • Alan Tman

    What do the Patriots do?

  • Quan Hurst

    Nah hes good on slants and yac

  • Quan Hurst

    Trade him 2nd 5th for ty hilton

  • MP

    Man, cut MB some slack. He’s battled through a lot and wants a chance like anybody else. All the preachers on this board talking about “never do this”, “never do that”, how about you walk a mile in this guy’s shoes? And he and his silly GF are damn right, Ben needs to throw the ball to this major play-maker more. Need we forget that ridiculous catch against the Bungles? This guy has got it. It’s up to Steelers coaching staff, especially Todd Haley, to get this phenomenal talent involved. And yeah, he is way better than Smith-Schuster. Smith-Schuster is simply easier to plug into the simple-minded offensive system that is the Steeler’s Todd-Haley-under-performing-should-be-30-a-game excuse of an offense.

  • John Noh

    Wait, wait, wait. The team is finally playing up to his potential by featuring a run-heavy offense and you’re suggesting we force the ball to this whiner just to appease him? That is not letting the tail wag the dog. That is like the flea wagging the dog.

  • MattHat121

    Sidestory here is MB undercutting Ben and Tomlin’s cleanup act last week. They covered for him, to the point most of us thought the “trade request” news was overblown by reports. Turns out it wasn’t. And with these social media comments he shows Ben and Tomlin’s efforts to clean it up were all for naught and/or they can’t control him. Ben, Tomlin, and the front office aren’t going to respond with magnanimity this time.

  • Grant Humphrey

    They haven’t been using him like that

  • Intense Camel

    Oh so Ben having his worst comp % of his career has nothing to do with it huh?

  • Intense Camel

    He’s open most of the time. Ben either chooses to throw to Ab or just misses him.

  • Intense Camel

    Nonsense, he hasn’t even been thrown any jumpballs this year.

  • Intense Camel

    Ben is channeling his inner Landry Jones with some of his throws.

  • NinjaMountie

    I understand your sentiment but I disagree. Why should we cut him slack? It’s not like he was done dirty by the NFL. He brought every single problem he has on himself, including the current ones.
    Sometimes in life you just have to shut up and eat the plate of crud you’ve been served. You definitely have to do when you are the lone person responsible for putting the crud on the plate in the first place.
    He may be a great talent. I tend to agree that Haley isn’t doing a great job. That still doesn’t make what MB is doing right.

  • MP

    Sure, that’s a reasonable take. Though I’d give the man some sympathy instead. And I’d be, and in fact, I am, frustrated with his lack of integration into this offense. We were talking 10 TDs from him this year during the off-season on this site. He was a main ingredient of the that wistful 30+ high-powered offense so many of us have been expecting. He’s not targeted, he’s not involved, and that’s a problem.

  • MP

    Pass.

  • MP

    Shoot, more like MB cleaning up for the FO after that anthem nonsense.

  • NinjaMountie

    I do have sympathy for the situation he put himself in. I’m just acknowledging that he isn’t doing himself any favors acting the way he is. The Steelers didn’t do it to him. The NFL didn’t do it to him. He did it to himself. He needs to learn more humility.
    I’d love for him to become what we all thought he’d become.

  • Xclewsive

    Bell is suspended and comes back to 20 touches. Martavis isn’t asking to be the man on offense just a piece. Look we can go back and forth about life choices of MB. What can’t be denied is in the playoff game against Denver MB showed he’s a dominant WR.

  • Big Joe

    I agree with the sentiment that Haley needs to find a way to get him involved and B.B. needs to continue to spread things around. I’d be frustrated too, but I’ve watched most of the games a few times and have been looking for times he’s been more open and not gotten the ball. Yes, there have been a few plays that BB has gone elsewhere or forced ball to AB, but a good majority of the time B.B. either doesn’t have the time to take the chance or MB isn’t open at all given the coverage. Also, these last 4 teams have possessed solid pass rush capabilities so the team is playing quick passes and looking for over-the-middle vulnerabilities from TEs and slot workers. I believe there are teams coming in the schedule where the offense will have a ton of chances to go deep with time for B.B. to see those patterns develop. It just hasn’t taken shape these past 4 weeks.

  • Big Joe

    It could very well be. If it is, she’s hurting his career and doesn’t seem to care or he is letting her so he can say it wasn’t him.

  • Brian Miller

    Yes, not to mention if he doesn’t target AB at least 8 times a game then he will throw a hissy fit. BB really is damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t. No wonder he is considering retirement! As a side note, why is it that you never hewar complaints from NE wide receivers or RBs??

  • Big Joe

    Ego? Or someone in the house plays and has him drafted?

  • Big Joe

    And Emmanuel was dependent on Manning because he had other weapons that could draw coverage away from him. Sanders hasn’t been targeted nearly as much by QBs since because of their inexperience. D’s just take him away and force the QB to find someone else. In this case, Sanders is AB on another team but Sanders is mostly healthy and is a good route runner.

  • Dan

    Sympathy can come from mama’s and girlfriends. This is the multi-billion dollar NFL. I don’t see practices and or the all-22 film. I only see whatever CBS wants to show me, but I have to believe there’s a reason he’s not heavily targeted. Maybe there is lack of trust, maybe he’s simply not that open. Certainly seems there’s a maturity issue here. Hope things get worked out. We need to get the passing game in order or Bell’s gonna break.

  • Big Joe

    I can’t pull a compilation together but have watched the Chiefs game and now the Bengals game more than 2x looking for those very things. There were 3 instances I could see from game coverage, like what happened to AB at times, where he found himself open and B.B. was looking elsewhere by that point. Most other times he was covered by the CB and an over-the-top safety or underneath ILB in the area. B.B. has gotten into the mental process of looking for short slot WR/TE openings, Bell on release or relies – too much at times – on his rapport with AB. Teams appear to legitimately be working to take the deep ball away. Again, last 4 teams could rush and rush well so his time is limited despite how well the OL has played. Just isn’t a lot of time to force ball into MB or wait for him to get open on his own.

  • Dan

    Why is our recovering star engaging with fans on a fantasy instagram site?

  • SwagDaddy330

    Bell was suspended for 3 games….. not a whole season. Not only was he suspended, he was away from the team for over a year.

    Also, Bell is a much bigger piece to the puzzle – MB is a dime a dozen kind of player & can easily be replaced with the next guy.

    Here’s the thing, if the Steelers felt that MB was a worthy enough piece to the offense, I guarantee you that he’d be getting his “piece.” Obviously they don’t feel that way.

  • Carl Mendelius

    Keep MB, fire Haley and hire somebody that orders Ben to throw MB the damn ball. Ben has no business discriminating MB he is not the OC.

  • WB Tarleton

    MB “called in sick” for today’s meetings.

  • HiVul

    I want him to get involved as much as anyone, just to clarify. And I agree it seems like there should be a role for him here. But I don’t think there’s a good explanation for how he’s acting right now

  • Xclewsive

    So what about a player like Heyward coming back from injury. See the Steelers make sites like Steelersdepot relevant because they are sometimes more incite full then the actual team. This is the same coaching staff that had a poor OL for yrs, wasted the majority of Bens prime, forced Troy/Hines to retire, kept Harrison inactive when the run defense was getting gashed. C’mon this coaching staff/organization isn’t above reproach.

  • Xclewsive

    Martavis has to be patient.

  • Ike Evans

    I could see if the offense was on point and he wasn’t getting the ball….but the offense is trash….passing game trash….scoring trash….I’d be mad too….they need to fix that

  • StolenUpVotes

    Nope

  • 太阳三联

    Yep

  • Arthur Branch

    At least Coates would try. MB shows no effort.

  • Z Vranic RMT

    Dear Martavis
    I understand that tou feel frustrated and underused. Im not sure what is going on with this situation. However, son this is all on you. You screwed up. You broke rules not once but twice. I read that u missed a meeting cause you were sick. Are u dying cause the optics look bad. Im not sure whos giving u adviae but get rid of them cause its really faulty advice. Dude I was so excited to hear u were in great shape. I heard they were calling you “Alien” cause you are a species of your own. Whats happened? If you think ur will force a trade the question I have is why? Your on a team that can dominate and run roughshod over the NFL. Nobody should be able to cover you! I mean NOBODY! Get your head straight. Make it so Haley cant ignore you. Help win a Super Bowl for tour self as well as thw Steelers. These opportunities in life dont come very often. Dont miss yours. I want to see the “ALIEN” this Sunday night in Detroit. Please.

  • Mark

    This guy is Cancer. Pack his bags and send him to Miami.

  • SwagDaddy330

    Did someone hack your account? lol.

  • HondoCogburn

    …and when exactly did the W.R. position become the number one diva spot?

  • NW86

    LOL, yeah, that was the exact opposite of every other post by Xclewsive on this thread. SMH

  • NW86

    Amen! Wish I could give this comment 1000 likes… I do see that there are many others who agree too.

  • NW86

    None at WR. And no significant ones anywhere else.

  • NW86

    I’ve always felt it should be banned on gamedays, period. No need for that right before or after a game, just take 1 day off.

  • kakello34

    Nice analysis. I can really tell teams are trying to take away the deep pass from them this year.

  • HondoCogburn

    Get the popcorn ready,

  • thomas hmmmm

    They didnt change much, they just started enforcing the rules.
    True 12 teams make it but out of those 12 there are more top running teams than top passing. The formula for winning constistently in the NFL has never changed. Run game plus D and you will win more often than not.

  • Doug Andrews

    It’s still taking him some time to get back to full speed

  • Xclewsive

    Nope. Just understand the process. I know a bunch of Martavis Bryant’s, so I have a understanding of what he’s gong through. Just like I would tell them work hard and stay off of social media because that’s where issues go to be amplified.

  • Kingsteeler68

    Apprantly you haven’t been watching, because you can’t say if someone is good or not if he’s not getting the ball, and film shows that he has been open but not targeted, and you’re delusional if you think this team can beat the Patriots without Bryant, or another veteran wideout at the 2 spot.

  • Work Toward

    No sir… I was referring comments from Sanders about Ben’s leadership.