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Martavis Bryant Granted Reinstatement

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Commissioner Goodell Reinstates Martavis Bryant

The wait is finally over for Steelers fans!  After being suspended for a year due to testing positive for marijuana, Martavis Bryant will be back in 2017.  It has been a long process for Bryant as he has waited over a month for a decision.  This decision was made by league officials after a recent meeting with Bryant.

Bryant Adds A Much Needed Deep Threat On Offense

With Martavis Bryant coming back, it will give the Steelers a very skilled receiver to pair with Antonio Brown.  While Bryant was serving his suspension, the Steelers struggled to find a reliable deep threat for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. This was mainly due to injury problems to players such as Sammie Coates and Markus Wheaton.

Bryant, who will be in his third season with Pittsburgh, has had proven success as a big-play wide receiver.  He came onto the scene in his rookie season (2014). He finished the year with 26 receptions for 549 yards and eight touchdowns. Bryant improved in his second season as he accounted for 50 receptions for 765 yards and six touchdowns. Hopefully Martavis will be able to keep improving on these numbers as a deep threat and take some pressure away from Antonio Brown.

What Does This Mean For The Steelers?

This ruling comes at a perfect time for Pittsburgh, as it is just days before the 2017 NFL Draft.  Had Bryant not been reinstated, the Steelers would’ve likely had to spend an early round draft pick on a receiver. With Bryant coming back, receiver obviously won’t be a need for the Steelers.  Instead, they can now focus on higher positions of need like outside linebacker, defensive Back, and a back-up quarterback.

It was obvious that the Steelers were short just a couple weapons against the Patriots in last year’s AFC Championship Game. With the addition of Martavis Bryant along with Brown, Eli Rogers, and Sammie Coates in the receiving core, this passing offense will be scary this season.  Let’s also not forget that they have a future Hall of Fame quarterback throwing the ball and arguably the best running back in the league in Le’Veon Bell. With assortment of weapons mixed together on offense and an improving defense, I think it’s safe to say that this could be the year the Steelers knock the Patriots off their throne.

*All stats found via ESPN.com

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