Somehow, the Pittsburgh Steelers sit at 5-3 during the halfway point of the 2023 NFL season and are a threat to take the AFC North crown.
The Steelers have struggled in spurts offensively as Kenny Pickett tries to navigate his second year as the team’s starting quarterback, but the wide receivers have helped make his job easier.
Diontae Johnson’s return from a hamstring injury has given Pickett a reliable short and intermediate target, while George Pickens remains a rising star on the outside who’s capable of coming down with ridiculous catches.
Pittsburgh’s got a knack for drafting wide receivers as they’ve had players like Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster come through the organization and Johnson and Pickens look like the next batch of stars.
However, there have been some unfortunate misses as the team didn’t get to enjoy having Martavis Bryant on the team for too long.
Bryant was suspended indefinitely after violating the league’s drug policy, but he was recently reinstated and is looking to make his NFL return via Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.
Veteran WR Martavis Bryant, who last played in the NFL in 2018, has been reinstated by Commissioner Roger Goodell and is drawing interest from teams, per his agent James Peterson.
Bryant, 31, has been training for a comeback and played in the XFL last summer. pic.twitter.com/2jDHNCiN6e
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 4, 2023
Bryant last suited up for the Las Vegas Raiders where he played in eight games, recording 19 receptions for 266 yards and no touchdowns.
Known for his speed downfield, Bryant was a legitimate field stretcher who could hit the home run play and is an intriguing option for a team looking to boost its passing attack.
The wideout may have been away from the league, but he stayed on the field as he played in the Canadian Football League and most recently the XFL.NEXT: Analyst Breaks Down Steelers' Familiar Path To Victory