Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell believes that his team will still be strong on offense despite losing receiver Martavis Bryant to a year-long suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
During an appearance on the R&B podcast with Michael Robinson and Nate Burleson, Bell said that the “sky is the limit for our offense regardless” of Bryant being out.
“We got guys, we got depth and I think the fact that we have all of that depth and we have playmakers everywhere, I think our offense is still going to be just as dynamic,” Bell said. “Obviously Martavis would make it a lot easier but we still have that next man up and that’s the kind of things we’ve been doing.”
Bryant was the Steelers’ second-most targeted receiver last season, catching 50 passes for 765 yards and six touchdowns. In his absence, Markus Wheaton becomes Pittsburgh’s No. 2 option at receiver and players like Darrius Heyward-Bey and Sammie Coates will likely have larger roles in the offense.
The Steelers’ passing game will still hinge on All-Pro Antonio Brown, whose 1,834 receiving yards were second-best in the NFL in 2015.
Pittsburgh’s offense averaged 395.4 yards per game during the 2015 regular season.