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Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant primed to be the next "legend" in 2016

The Pittsburgh Steelers have had their share of dynamic wide receivers in recent years, but Martavis Bryant proved this postseason he is next on the list to be remembered as one of the greats.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers know how to draft and develop wide receivers. They have had some incredible receivers don the black and gold, even since Mike Tomlin took over as the head coach in 2007. Hines Ward was still on the team, Santonio Holmes, Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown were all dominant players for the Steelers with their time in the Steel City.

Is Martavis Bryant the next in line?

It would be hard to argue he isn't the next "legend" in the group considering the postseason he just completed. In the two games Bryant played against the Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos he was able to collect 14 catches for 188 yards and a touchdown. This all with an additional 84 yards rushing on three attempts.

Bryant is as dynamic as they come with his size and speed, but there is still a lot which needs to be done for him to reach the status of "legend" within the Steelers' organization.

Bryant tends to be a "body catcher" who prefers to allow the football to come into his body to make a catch rather than extending his arms to use his hands. This has resulted in several drops this season. Bryant's route running is also still on the very raw side. Bryant's route tree should significantly grow as he heads into this third season as a professional.

The good news for Bryant? He has the best wide receiver in the NFL in the same locker room to help lead him to becoming a more polished and well-rounded receiver. Antonio Brown is the ultimate worker and has proven year after year he is the league's best at his position.

The Steelers got a taste of life without Brown in the divisional round of the AFC Playoffs when Brown was ruled out due to a concussion, and, with the team on his shoulders, Bryant played arguably his best game of the season. This postseason success should act as a stepping stone for the young receiver from Clemson, and allow his "legend" to continue to grow within the Pittsburgh Steelers organization.

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