Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell: Offense will still be dynamic without Martavis Bryant

Wednesday March 16th, 2016

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.”

• Martavis Bryant drops appeal, accepts one-year suspension

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. 

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