2014 Draft

Steelers WR Martavis Bryant Says Mike Tomlin Has Already Been ‘Messing’ With Him

Considering how new Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant was used at Clemson, it’s not surprising that he finished with a 22.2 yards per catch average on his 61 receptions. Those numbers could qualify Bryant for the Mike Tomlin “one trick pony” tag, but according to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, that term hasn’t been used yet.

“He’s been talking to me,” Bryant was quoted as saying. “He’s been messing with me a lot. I like it, though. He’s a good coach.”

Bryant, according to Kaboly’s report, did say that Tomlin has gotten on him already for “getting tired sometimes”, so it looks like the young wide receiver might need to work a little on his conditioning between now and the start of the OTA practices. With today being the first day of rookie mini camp, however, it wouldn’t be surprising to hear that Tomlin told a lot of his young players the same thing.

Bryant has already had the chance to catch a few balls from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger since arriving in Pittsburgh, so what does he feel like he needs to do to make a good first impression with his new quarterback?

“Just come out and work,” said Bryant. “Try not to be on anybody’s bad side. Same thing I did in college. Just learn how to be a pro. Learn from all of the veterans.”

The Steelers rookie mini camp will continue on Saturday and conclude on Sunday.

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