After struggling to connect the past three weeks, Ben Roethlisberger delivered a playoff message to receiver Martavis Bryant. Bryant has been horrendous lately, and as a Wild Card match-up with the Cincinnati Bengals looms, he needs to bring his game back to full form.
“You’ve got to get tough and you’ve got to make tough plays and you’ve got to make tough catches and you have to find ways to do everything you can to help this team,” Roethlisberger said when asked about Bryant. “I want to challenge him to be the best in the world. It’s really up to him what he wants to do with that challenge. Does he want to crumble and wilt and pout and let it bother him or does he want to rise up, step up and say I want to take that challenge and I want to be the best in the world?”
Bryant missed some practice time last week due to illness, which head coach Mike Tomlin attributed to his wide receiver’s one-catch, 0 yard performance against Cleveland in Week 17.
If the Steelers are to make a serious run at the Lombardi Trophy, Bryant desperately needs to regain his confidence and swagger. With defenses focusing heavily on Antonio Brown, the speedy Bryant must bring his deep play gains and highlight reel touchdowns into action.
With Roethlisberger’s words certainly stirring the pot, all the Steelers can do is hope it serves as motivation for Bryant this week against Cincinnati.