NFL.com names Bryant as a Top 5 Deep Threat


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Bryant had 8 TD's in his short rookie NFL season.
Bryant had 8 TD's in his short rookie NFL season.

NFL.com released an interesting article recently that listed its Top five NFL Deep Threats for 2015 and former Clemson standout wide receiver Martavis BryantMartavis Bryant
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was ranked as the #4 overall deep threat in the NFL.

"The 6-foot-4, 211-pounder routinely blew past defenders on vertical routes, exhibiting a combination of size, speed and leaping ability that makes him an extremely tough cover on the perimeter," NFL.com said.

Most NFL analysts agree that Bryant will have even a bigger role for the Steelers' offense in 2015.

"Although he remains a work in progress as a route runner, Bryant's ability to impact the game as a downfield playmaker creates issues for defensive coordinators intent on slowing down the Steelers' triplets (Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown) with aggressive schemes. Considering the lack of depth and talent in most defensive backfields, the prospect of getting the ultra-explosive Bryant a one-on-one matchup with a CB3 or CB4 should make coordinator Todd Haley giddy as a play caller," NFL.com said.

Bryant had 26 catches for 549 yards and eight touchdowns in his rookie season (9 games). The eight touchdowns were tied for fourth most among NFL rookies and he was only the eighth Steelers' rookie to reach 500 yards.

His nine catches for longer than 15 yards (deep threat ability) totaled 406 yards and five touchdowns.

The other NFL wide receivers listed in the Top 5 Deep Threat rankings included Kenny Stills (#5 overall), T.Y. Hilton (#3 overall), Jordy Nelson (#2 overall) and DeSean Jackson (#1 overall).


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