Pittsburgh Steelers: Five Emerging Players

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Martavis Bryant:

Dec 21, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant (10) runs the ball after catching a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won the game, 20-12. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

In Martavis Bryant’s first four games of his career, he caught six touchdowns. In his first game, against the Texans, he stepped onto the field where the Steelers were trailing 13-0, and instantly made an impact, catching a 35-yard dart to the back of the end zone, igniting the team that would then score three touchdowns in 72 seconds, and eventually winning the game.

Bryant was overshadowed by first round choice Sammy Watkins throughout his college career at Clemson. Many questioned his hands, and how his play would translate to the NFL, but he took no time to silence the critics. The 6’4” receiver became a deep aerial threat early in his rookie season, displaying not only his sheer strength, but his surprising speed that led to astronomical plays, including a 94 yard bomb against the Bengals in Week 14.

With the opportunity to emerge as a great WR2, and a fantastic compliment to Antonio Brown, Steelers fans should be very excited about the weapons Ben Roethlisberger has this year.

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