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Steelers need Martavis Bryant to show he is a 'gamer'

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The rookie wide receiver has shown flashes of things to come in training camp with tremendous receptions and incredible poise. Now it's time for the youngster to put it on the playing field.

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Time for Martavis Bryant to prove he is a 'gamer'.

No, I'm not talking about the people who spend hours at a time in front of a television playing video games. I am speaking of the fact that the Pittsburgh Steelers' rookie wide receiver has shown flashes of brilliance in training camp, but after a small sample size has floundered under the bright lights of 'game time'.

By all accounts, Bryant had himself a great camp for a rookie wideout that was knocked as 'unpolished' coming into the 2014 NFL Draft. His camp went so well that is almost seems to be a foregone conclusion that Bryant will make the 53-man roster and could possibly contribute in a red zone capacity in 2014.

Story after story has been written about Bryant's training camp success. Just yesterday Bryant hauled in an 80-yard touchdown from Ben Roethlisberger, caught another toucdown over the Buffalo Bills starters Leodis McKelvin ad Da'Norris Searcy and drew pass interfence calls throughout the joint practice session.

Bryant has the potential, but after last week's horrendous outing against the New York Giants, the Steelers have to take a wait and see approach to the wide out from Clemson University.

A muffed punt, two dropped passes and a fumble is not the start anyone envisioned for Bryant, but he can change all of that with a solid performance Saturday night against when the Bills invade Heinz Field for the Steelers' second preseason game.

Expectations for Bryant have been dulled after last Saturday's performance, but if he can take some of the exciting plays he made in Latrobe, PA and put them onto the field in game time, the Steelers will be forced to give him a role in 2014 - not just a roster spot.