Late in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers took a chance on Clemson wide receiver Martavis Bryant, even though he might not be on the field much, if at all, in his rookie season coming up.
According to a report from Scott Brown, who covers the Steelers for ESPN, Bryant has not gotten off to as fast of a start in camp as they would have liked, which could lead to a proverbial redshirt this year by deactivating him for most of the games while he adjusts.
Wide receiver Martavis Bryant is making the team. The question is will the Steelers essentially redshirt him during his rookie season by deactivating him for games. The answer at this time last week would have probably been yes. But Bryant has come on after a slow start to camp and the Steelers could badly use a 6-4 wide receiver inside the 20-yard line. Bryant dominated a red zone drill late last week.
While Brown does go on to state that he could get back in the team’s good graces because of his minor flashes of brilliance, for those that aren’t familiar with his time at Clemson, one of his negative attributes was inconsistency.
At times, Bryant would look the part of the dominating receiver that you would want from someone that’s 6-4, but then most of the time he looked lost. He would run the wrong routes, drop balls and have a hard time blocking.
So you would think that if the Steelers aren’t 100 percent comfortable with him by the time the season rolls around, then we might not see much of the former ACC star this year.