Ben Roethlisberger wants to let disgruntled wide receiver Martavis Bryant to know he is a valuable member of the Steelers offense. He also wants Bryant to know there are no guarantees he will see more passes since he voiced his displeasure on social media. Simply put, Roethlisberger isn't making promises he can't keep. “I'm not going to be a doctor and promise I'm going to save your life,” Roethlisberger said Wednesday morning. “I'm going to tell him if you're on your details and we're working together and I trust that you're going to be where we're supposed to be and you're there, good things will happen.” Good things rarely have happened for Bryant this season, his first back with the Steelers since serving a year-long suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Through seven games, Bryant has just 18 catches for 234 yards – a 13.0 average that is four yard less than what he averaged in his first two NFL seasons. Roethlisberger said Tuesday that he plans to sit down and talk to Bryant about ways they can get him more involved in the offense. As of Wednesday morning, that meeting hadn't happened, Roethlisberger said. “I'm the guy that throws the ball, so if you're unhappy about something, come talk to me,” he said. “Maybe there is something we can figure out together to make it better.” Roethlisberger said Bryant's recent comments on Instagram – he said “I want mine” and downplayed rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster's ability – came as a surprise because he said the 25-year-old receiver has been a model teammate in the locker room and on the field.
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger makes no promises on passing to Martavis Bryant
Pittsburgh Tribune Review | Oct 25