That at least reinforces the Steelers’ public stance that Bryant won’t be moved by the trade deadline, though the team has until 4 p.m. ET to field calls.
Bryant said he spent the game watching coverages and cheering on the Steelers. He left Ford Field liking the possibilities of a passing game with himself, Antonio Brown and Smith-Schuster, who recorded 193 yards.
“I hope so. It’s a long season,” said Bryant about the three serving as part of a potent passing offense.
Coach Mike Tomlin said last week Bryant wasn’t available for a trade, and he hasn’t updated Bryant’s status since then.
Despite a 6-2 start, the Steelers have struggled to score through the first eight weeks of the season. They rank 20th league-wide with 20.9 points per game and have failed to eclipse 30 points in a game.
Bryant, who has 18 catches on 36 targets and one touchdown, still represents a vertical threat for Pittsburgh and can command safety help, which loosens up lanes for Brown.
The Steelers apparently understand that, which is why they haven’t moved on.
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