During the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders made the unexpected move to acquire Martavis Bryant from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Since then, he has quickly immersed himself into the fold with his new team during the offseason workouts.
In this time, he has also garnered much praise from his teammates regarding his ability on the field. According to Anthony Galaviz of Fresno Bee, Bryant has voiced that he is hoping to just step in to do whatever is asked of him on the field.
“I’m just going to come in and try to contribute the best way I can. Whatever Coach needs me to do or whatever my teammates need me to do, just be there for them and have their back and just go to work every day.”
It is no secret that he did not necessarily have the best experience with the Steelers as he saw his role fluctuate with the team following the emergence of JuJu Smith-Schuster. However, he looks to be on track to have a secure role in the offense as a deep-ball threat for Derek Carr likely behind both Amari Cooper and Jordy Nelson. He certainly brings another element to the passing game that can be relied upon in crucial moments.
Through his first three seasons, Bryant has shown that he can be a high-impact wide receiver due to his speed and big-play ability. He has recorded at least 500 receiving yards in each campaign while bringing in 17 touchdown receptions over that stretch. This includes setting the NFL record with six touchdown catches in his first four career games in his rookie year.
All of this positive feedback along with continued praise from his teammates could lead to him put together a strong 2018 NFL season in his first year in Oakland.