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Steelers' Martavis Bryant continues to rise to the occasion

PITTSBURGH -- Just two games into an NFL career that is suddenly brimming with promise, rookie wide receiver Martavis Bryant has seven receptions for 123 yards and three touchdowns.

Bryant did not dress in the first five games of the season but he already has more touchdowns than any Steelers player not named Antonio Brown.

Yes, that includes running back Le'Veon Bell, who has a pair of scores.

Bryant's emergence in the last week has given the Steelers a bona fide deep threat and a tall, speedy receiver to complement Brown, who is second in the NFL with 852 receiving yards.

"The more he plays the more A.B. is going to benefit from it because he is a threat," Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said of Bryant. "We'll just continue to develop him. I think the key is not to do too much, just keep him right where he is and keep making plays."

Bryant has flashed in his first two NFL games even though the 6-4, 212-pounder is still learning the offense.

"We're playing package football with him," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "He's got to continue to work every day and round out all elements of his game."

What has to have the Steelers really excited about Bryant is he has been the anti-Limas Sweed so far.

The Steelers had high hopes for Sweed when they took the rangy, speedy wideout in the second round of the 2008 draft. Sweed never had a problem getting open but chronic drops suggested that he seemed to shrink from the moment.

Bryant has done anything but that, and the fourth-round draft pick has taken his early success in stride.

When asked if frustration set in at all when he didn't dress for the first five games, the Clemson product said, "The same thing happened in college. Patience is everything so I was fine. As long as you continue to work a lot things will come to you."