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Ben Roethlisberger: Martavis Bryant ‘Has To Win Back Everybody’s Trust’
Recently reinstated wide receiver Martavis Bryant has a bunch of work to put in to not only re-establish his spot back on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ roster, but to regain the faith of his teammates again.
“It’s more than just me. He has to win back everybody’s trust,” Steelers quarterback Ben Roethsliberger said to Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
After picking up a second suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, Bryant missed the entire 2016 season, yet the Steelers were able to reach the AFC Championship game without him.
The 25-year-old has since earned conditional reinstatement into the NFL and Roethlisberger appears to also have some conditions for Bryant to meet.
“I would hope he comes up to me and we go somewhere to talk in private. After that, he has to show with his work ethic and by staying clean that he cares – really cares – about us,” Roethlisberger said. “If he does that, it’ll be huge. He can really help us. He can be so great.”
Bryant, drafted in 2014, hauled in eight touchdown catches in his rookie year and six TDs the following season. Despite having the potential to leave a lasting imprint on Pittsburgh, Bryant’s two suspensions have forced the Steelers to move forward with their roster construction.
The club selected receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster out of USC with its second-round pick in last weekend’s draft.
“I don’t know much about him, but I hear nothing but good things,” Roethlisberger said of the incoming 6-foot-1 receiving threat. “It sounds like he can come in and maybe help us right away. That’s what we’re looking for.
“We don’t need someone to come in and replace anybody. We just need someone to help us. To win a championship, we’re going to need everybody.”