Report: Steelers WR Martavis Bryant To Have Increased Role Against Bengals

Last Sunday it was reported that Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant had requested to be traded a few weeks ago because of his lack of usage on offense. This Sunday, Bryant is expected to see heavy usage in the team’s Sunday homer game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

According to Ian Rapoport, Bryant is slated to have an increased role in the Steelers offense during Sunday’s game against the Bengals. In fact, Rapoport goes on to say that Bryant won’t be subbing out during the game.

Yeah, we’ll see. Bryant played 52% of the Steelers offensive snaps last Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs and the Sunday before that he played 78% of the offensive snaps against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

While Bryant very well could wind up playing a higher percentage of snaps than he did last Sunday, it’s hard to imagine him not subbing out any against the Bengals.

The Bengals could be without cornerback Adam Jones later today and if that’s ultimately the case, Bryant and fellow Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown might have several winnable matchups during the game.

Will this be a case of the squeaky wheel getting the grease? We’ll see later today.

  • Milton Farfara

    I think the media will turn this into “the squeeze wheel getting the grease.” Although Bryant’s body of work vs the Bengals is limited due to the suspension, anyone willing to watch the past games can see he was targeted more because of AB being doubled team and also the favorable match ups afforded the Steelers with MB and his skillet in the lineup. While today should simply be considered a favorable mismatch leaning Bryant’s way, should he have a good game the media and specifically Crapreport will blow the issue up to their/his benefit.

  • ThatGuy

    Any time I see a report from this bozo I let out a sigh, roll my eyes and carry on with my day.

  • Mister Wirez

    I’d like a week of football to go by without a Steelers drama.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I don’t know about an increased role, but I figured he would have big game.

  • capehouse

    Definitely the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Plus Rogers did nothing.

  • scottd7

    Sources say…. right. Rappaort is a hack. No way someone chatted game plan with him
    Ug. .

  • Rob H

    I have no problem with them getting Bryant more involved if he’s earned it in practice, he certainly earned it with his effort on the field last week. Not sure I like the obvious parallel being made with his complaining and then being used more, but whatever, perception isn’t always reality.
    As for Rappaport actually knowing anything about it, he’s making an educated guess. He has at least a fifty-fifty shot, if he hits it, he looks like he actually has inside info, if he misses, he’s just wrong again, and most people forget all about it.

  • Mutatedgenome

    If this is true, and if it’s because he whined, then the coaches are weak.

  • H.K. northern cali

    Offense isn’t the same without him as a deep threat.

  • SilverSteel

    I’m starting to lose my taste for this reporter. 🤢

  • SeventhHeavan

    All those weapons and they can’t score…something is wrong in the Burgh. But it all starts with Ben.

  • Steeler Nation!

    We need him to have a bigger role. He is a big play threat that needs to be utilized for us to be as good as we can be. He can do things AB can’t do, or anyone else on the offense for that matter. He needs to perfect the slant and comeback routes, catch the ball consistently, and he/we will be tough to deal with.

  • John Pennington

    Just want him to get more involved in the game to help the team and not be a after thought.The tightend needs to be more involved alsoLets dont forget Watson on short yardage. Lets use all the tools in the toolbox not just one.Takes everyone to win this game so lets go for it.Open the toolbox for once.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Drats! Now my prediction is gonna seem less prescient but here goes anyway….

    Bryant: 8 touches, 121 yards and a TD.

    BOOK IT!

  • Xclewsive

    The Steelers need to utilize Martavis like the Bucs use Mike Evans. Similar type of player

  • You know how Ben pretty much always passes the ball twice to the same receiver after that receiver drops the first one? I think he likes to assure the receiver that he still has confidence in him to catch the football. Well, I look for Ben to pass for at least two TDs to Martavis Bryant today because of all the talk that happened after the game against the Chiefs. Trying to give Martavis’ confidence that he’s still wanted in Pittsburgh.

  • Nathanael Dory

    What role? More bubble screens and reverse?

  • Pack

    Bryant coming out party would be a welcome sight

  • nutty32

    Rapoport. Like to put him and La Canfora in a giant bag and have Deacon Jones coin the term “sack” all over again by beating them with a baseball bat, as he’s explained on how he came up with the term.

  • heath miller

    how’d that prediction work out for you ? lol

  • heath miller

    rappoport is a a total moron … he needs to get a job in the white house.. he’d fit right in there.. always wrong …

  • Darth Blount 47

    Eh, I’ll take it. Anytime we get the win, I’m happy with however a prediction works out. I could predict the end of the world, but when I wake up the next morning, I’ll still be smiling ear to ear!

  • heath miller

    I LIKE YOU … funny …. made me laugh …. thanks my new friend … i live in hell hole cincinnati .. actually mason by kings island on I71 4 months a year and i HATE THE BENGALS … so anytime we beat them its like a mini super bowl .. i woke up smiling today as well .. WHO DEY ? EVERYBODYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY including the steelers yesterday !!!

  • Darth Blount 47

    Haha, Thanks! Yeah, I have a friend from childhood who is a Bungles fan. You know I had to go ahead and give him the complimentary phone call yesterday. It started out with a resounding… WHO DEY?! I’ve been to many games in Cincy. But I always stay down by the racetrack in Kentucky (Turfway Park), and NEVER in Ohio. We always win, so I always leave with a smile.

    Turfway, however, I do NOT always end up leaving smiling. Stupid ponies. Lol!

    Nice screen-name. I chose to rock my #83 yesterday and it turned out to be a good decision. Choosing which jersey to wear every week is like a ritual with me. My Heath is generally pretty lucky.