Martavis Bryant is fast and big. And now he is physical.
The second-year wide receiver ran through a would-be hold attempt by Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Davon House on the sixth play of Friday's preseason game that resulted in a 44-yard touchdown reception from Ben Roethlisberger.
Bryant, who caught three passes for 55 yards, attributes his new-found physicality to his offseason workouts that included learning mixed martial arts.
“My offseason workouts and me finishing strong and fighting through that contact,” Bryant said of how he was able to beat House. “Being physical is part of the game and if you are not physical, you aren't going to have success.”
Bryant appears to be ready to take his game to a new level after a rookie season in which he caught nine touchdown passes in 11 games. However, according to Roethlisberger, there is still work to be done. Bryant had an opportunity for another long play in the first half but couldn't keep his feet in bounds on a pass from Landry Jones. Ben put a bit of a damper on Bryant this season when he said he expected Markus Wheaton to be the big breakout WR this year. Meanwhile, we continue to rank Bryant as a mid-range WR2 after an impressive season last year. We feel the upside continues to be with Bryant.