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Will Martavis Bryant Contribute This Year?

By Mike Drakulich

He was James in Bartles and James. Robin in Batman and Robin. You know, the ‘other’guy.

Martavis Bryant had a very good career at Clemson, recording 61 catches for 1,354 yards and 13 touchdowns. His 6’4, 211 pound frame was a huge target for Tiger’s QB Taj Boyd.

But it was all overshadowed by the speedy and elusive Sammy Watkins.

While Watkins went 4th overall to the Bills, Bryant was drafted in the Fourth Round by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Now Bryant is looking to make a name for himself in the NFL. With Ben Roethlisberger longing for a tall receiver in the Steeler’s arsenal, he’s had wish granted in Martavis Bryant.

Now it’s time for Bryant to step up to the plate.

While Bryant won’t likely see much time on the field ahead of Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton, and Lance Moore, he will be utilized plenty in 3rd down situations and almost certainly in the Red Zone.

The only thing Bryant has to do is make the catch when Big Ben looks his way. Roethlisberger likes reliable receivers, and will look their way when he knows a tough throw will result in a completed catch. If Bryant drops a few passes in the end zone, he’ll likely end up a decoy or an observer on the sidelines.

All in all, if Bryant utilizes his talents, he should have a nice start to his Steelers career.

Look for Bryant to contribute around 15-20 catches this year for about 200-225 yards and 3-5 touchdowns.

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