During day one of organized team activities (OTAs), Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, Martavis Bryant, told reporters he’s a changed man.
After practice ended, Martavis Bryant spoke to reporters and of course, the biggest question everyone had was how he’s changed since serving a year-long suspension for PED use. For someone who’s been in and out of trouble his entire football career, Bryant sure sounded like his ways have changed.
“I know this is my last chance,” Bryant told reporters Tuesday. “I changed my whole life around compared to how I used to be. I developed better habits, also who I hang around. I’m a family man. I just had a son, he’s 7 weeks. After here, I’m going straight home to him. It’s really me developing my life and getting back on track.”
Everyone with children knows exactly where Bryant is coming from. Maybe he’s seen the light and knows that if he doesn’t set the right example, his son could end up in trouble just like Bryant. The only difference is when everyday people have problems it’s not televised on ESPN and published on every major sports new site in America.
We’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. Seeing what’s he’s done training wise and watching him get right back into it during day one of OTAs, Bryant really could be a changed man. Meaning the Pittsburgh Steelers are now one of the deadliest offensive teams in the NFL.
With Ben Roethlisberger back, Antonio Brown still arguably the best receiver in the league, and now Bryant on the other side with JuJu Smith-Schuster and Eli Rogers behind them, this receiving core is hands down the best in the NFL.
Add an already proven offensive line and a running back in Le’Veon Bell, and Pittsburgh’s offense is a unit 90% of the teams in this league can no longer stop. Everywhere a defense turns, they’ll have someone else to cover and not a single person they can ignore. For a veteran quarterback like Big Ben, finding an open receiver this season is going to be like taking candy from a baby.
Pittsburgh is already considered the favorite to dethrone the New England Patriots. Now, they have a little more security that Bryant is going to last the season. If he does, the Steelers might have the upper hand on their long-time foe.
Bryant makes this team a serious Super Bowl contender. No one was certain he had actually changed, but hearing him talk about his son and his priorities is comforting.
He may still have some work do to in his personal life, but for the first time since joining the team, you can tell Martavis Bryant is on the right track.