When the Pittsburgh Steelers can have their “Killer B’s” on the field, good things tend to happen. With Antonio Brown catching passes, Ben Roethlisberger throwing them, and Le’Veon Bell tearing up the running lanes the Steelers are one of the more formidable offenses in the NFL.
If all goes well—they could be even better next year as a fourth “B” joins the bunch. The Steelers will once again have the services of wide receiver Martavis Bryant.
After having a good season in 2015, the team was looking for him to have a breakout year last season. But he ended up getting suspended for the year for repeated violations of the league’s drug policy.
Martavis Bryant catches passes durin individual work at the Steelers first OTA session. pic.twitter.com/75MbxEkjJn
— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) May 23, 2017
However, with the suspension served and a conditional reinstatement granted, he has been practicing with the team during OTAs and minicamp.
So—how good is a guy going to look that hasn’t played in a year? From what Ben Roethlisberger has said about him, he must look pretty good:
“He looks like a stud, as usual,” Roethlisberger said according to Brian Batko of the Post-Gazette, “so we’re excited for him to be on the field this year and help us out.”
Bryant only has 76 receptions for 1,314 yards to his name. But his combination of speed and strength had people believing he was primed and ready for a breakout season last year. Should Roethlisberger be right in his assessment of Bryant, he could very well have that breakout season this year.
With defenses more concerned about taking away Brown and Bell, it is not hard to see it happening for him.
That is, assuming he can stay out of trouble.