Not long after reporting to the Pittsburgh Steelers, WR Martavis Bryant reached out to Antonio Brown.
When the rookie receiver was disappointed in being deactivated for the first six games of his pro career, he went to Brown for advice. When he made a splash immediately upon seeing the field, Bryant recognized the comparisons to Brown.
So now that he's experiencing the first slump of his short career, Bryant, you guessed it, is asking Brown where to go from here. Bryant is doing everything he can to emulate Brown. Opposing defenses indicate he's proving to be a reasonable — if young — facsimile.
"They're treating me like a little 'AB' now," Bryant said Thursday. "So I'm just really following him, trying to do what he does. He just says you've got to outwork them. Double-team or not, you've got to go out and execute your plays. I'm just working hard, trying to get better."
Bryant's breakout onto the NFL scene has slowed. After six touchdown receptions — at least one in each game — over the first four games of his career, the capricious, 6-foot-4, 22-year-old has had just three catches for 34 yards and no TDs over his past two games.