Latest On Steelers WR Martavis Bryant

Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant — the subject of recent trade rumors — took to social media and responded to an Instagram user who claimed fellow Pittsburgh pass-catcher JuJu Smith-Schuster is the superior wideout, as Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com writes. Bryant, who has since deleted the post, “wants out” of Pittsburgh, a source tells Fowler.Martavis Bryant (vertical)

“JuJu is no where near better than me, fool,” Bryant wrote. “All they need to do is give me what I want and y’all can have JuJu and whoever else.”

Bryant, who is back in the NFL after being suspended for the entirety of the 2016 campaign, reportedly requested a trade last week, although he has since denied that ask. Either way, the Steelers don’t intend to deal Bryant, although he has struggled this season and is being phased out of the club’s offense in favor of Smith-Schuster. Bryant has manged only 234 yards and one touchdown in seven games, and he essentially rotated with Smith-Schuster in Sunday’s victory. Bryant finished with 36 offensive snaps, while Smith-Schuster — a second-round rookie — played 32.

“JuJu is the future and got great talent and is going to be one of the best to play this game,” Bryant wrote after deleting the original post. “I want him to get his. I just want mines, period, point-blank. Ain’t nobody did nothing to get me back. I worked my a– off to get myself back with no help and little support, period. In due time the process will show.”

Bryant didn’t show up for required team meetings Monday, tweets Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and one teammate said Bryant “called in sick.” Whether or not Bryant’s absence today is related to his ongoing situation within the offense is unclear, but the timing would certainly hint that the two are interconnected. Bryant’s agent says the wideout did in fact see a doctor today, however, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter link).

The Steelers don’t plan on disciplining Bryant for either today’s meeting or his comments on Smith-Schuster, as Bouchette writes in a full piece. And — reiterating previous reports to this effect — Pittsburgh “certainly” doesn’t intend to ship Bryant out of town via trade.

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13 comments on “Latest On Steelers WR Martavis Bryant

  1. steelman

    He has not looked like someone who is grateful for the Steelers standing by him through his issues. He does not appear to be trying on his routes to hard and wonders why JuJu getting the looks. If you can get a third rounder then say bye bye and hello to juju

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    • tsolid

      WHY do you think the Steelers stood by him during his suspension? Out of the goodness of their hearts? Give me a break. They did it b/c he is talented and has value.

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  2. LA Sam

    Piss em….sounds like he’s back on the drugs. Acts like he’s putting up TO numbers, don’t see it, if I were his agent, I’d tell em lose the twitter, it’s 1 thing to be diva malcontent putting up big #’s, it’s another thing when ur team cancer mouthy douche w/1 catch for 3 yards….tweet us bout all ur talent for a whole gm on that lil play….

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    • tsolid

      Yea you’re right LA Sam….too bad he can’t throw the ball to himself, right? Seems like you’re not very smart, as shown by your nonsensical diatribe. You sound more and more like a disgruntled Non-Athlete, jealous of the ones with talent. You fit the role of “mouthy Douche” a lot more than the guy you posted about. Keep being Angry. I bet it suits you just fine

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      • LA Sam

        I remember u tsolid, you are the guy who wants you to have Kaps love child, hows that workin out, been awhile since we have all been able to enjoy your informative, witty posts….finally made bail….?

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        • tsolid

          I chose to have the love child with your old lady. Actually, working out fine. Quite the GIVER

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    • madmanTX

      Actually, sounds like the exact opposite. I’m thinking Bryant is suffering from withdrawal.

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  3. bucsfan

    Bryant has one purpose at this point—go deep and take a corner with him, hopefully pulling a safety over the top as well. That opens up everything underneath and the middle of the field for Brown, JuJu, and Rogers.

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  4. LA Sam

    “Why can’t it ever be me…? It’s Always JuJu…JuJu…Juju…not fair!!!”

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  5. twiker

    Someone from kaps camp should buy a team for him to play on and then Bryant can play for them. Then everyone can stand for the anthem. Boom everyone’s happy

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  6. toby312

    His market for IF they trade him is no where near a 3 rd rounder, my guess is 5 th or 6 th if there is even a market for him? His markets is currently a bit toxic

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