The Pittsburgh Steelers are growing tired with martavis bryant’s declining attitude, and their move on Wednesday will hopefully be a reality check for the talented receiver.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that Bryant was demoted to the Steelers’ scout team today, and the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport followed up by saying that Martavis is expected to be inactive for Pittsburgh’s Sunday night game against the Detroit Lions. Fowler added that Steelers guard Ramon Foster told him that Justin Hunter was given Bryant’s role in the offense.
In wake of a less than stellar start to the season, Bryant reportedly requested a trade from the Steelers before taking to social media to talk poorly of his rookie teammate, wide receiver JuJu Smith Schuster (who found his bike, by the way).
Then, on Monday Bryant called in sick for mandatory team meetings, further creating a rift between him and the Steelers organization.
Despite Bryant’s claim that he’s not being targeted enough, Ben Roethlisberger has still thrown him nine more passes than Smith-Schuster this season (35-to-26). This past weekend, JuJu did receive seven more snaps than Martavis at 24-to-17 (per Pro Football Focus’ Nathan Jahnke).
When Bryant was asked why he won’t be playing Sunday, he simply told Fowler, “social media.”
Hopefully the Clemson product learns from these past few weeks as his relatively young career continues. Whether he stays in Pittsburgh or is eventually shipped else where, Bryant claims that he’s done complaining.
“If I’m not traded I’m going to work my butt off here, and whatever happens happens. You’re not going to hear me complaining no more. I’m just going to be quiet and let everything fall into place.”