Baltimore’s biggest rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers, received positive news after WR Martavis Bryant was officially reinstated by the NFL for preseason practices and games for the 2017 season.
Martavis was suspended for one year on March 14, 2016 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Near the end of April, he was conditionally reinstated by the NFL, allowed to participate in offseason programs only.
According to ProFootballTalk, Bryant actually suited up for training camp a few days ago before General Manager Kevin Colbert stopped the wideout.
Now, Bryant is one reinstatement away from playing in the NFL once more. He’ll join an already overpowered offense, and yet he’ll still make his way onto the field with his skill, speed and consistent production.
Ravens fans shouldn’t be too thrilled with Bryant’s return. He’s gashed Baltimore on multiple occasions.
In his first game against the Ravens, Martavis caught three passes for 44 yards. Nothing special, except two of the three catches resulted in touchdowns. The next game against Baltimore, the 2014 Wild card against Baltimore. Martavis was targeted nine times and caught five passes. He finished with 61 yards and a touchdown. His efforts weren’t enough to win the game, as the Ravens won 30-17, but he proved he’s a terrifying compliment to Antonio Brown.
The next season he took a step back against the Ravens, recording only one catch for six yards. He didn’t take it easy on the rest of the league though, finishing the season with 50 catches, 765 yards and six touchdowns. For playing second fiddle, in only 11 games, these are some gaudy numbers.