The Steelers are attempting to fill the voids left behind by Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery with the likes of Lance Moore and Markus Wheaton . It may work, but those players are vertically challenged; Wheaton is the taller of the two at 5-foot-11. That's where fourth-round rookie Martavis Bryant comes in. The team wants to put all of his 6 feet and 4 inches to work often where it really counts this season.
"He's a big guy, different from what we've had, as far as his length," Wide receivers coach Richard Mann said of Bryant to the Steelers' official website. "We feel like we can utilize his talents in the red zone. He has a big reach.
"He has good speed. So we can use him in various ways, as far as cleaning things out. He's also a deep threat. He does have the speed."
Bryant is not a lumbering giant. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds at the NFL Combine. He can definitely get down the field and has great overall athleticism. He may score a handful of times this season, but it's unlikely he'll have consistent fantasy value acting as the No. 4 WR. However, given the age and mediocrity that exist in this group of receivers behind Antonio Brown and Wheaton, Bryant could have a much larger role sooner than later.