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Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant is no stranger to Rex Ryan

11/6/2014

PITTSBURGH -- New York Jets coach Rex Ryan has more than film at his disposal to game plan against Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant.

He may also call on his son to help him figure out how to stop the first player in NFL history to score five touchdowns in his first three games, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Seth Ryan is a wide receiver at Clemson, and he and Bryant were teammates last season.

"My son thought the world of him when he was there," said Ryan, whose team hosts the Steelers Sunday in a 1 p.m. ET game. "It's hard to cover 6-foot-4 and 210 running a 4.3 (seconds in 40-yard dash)."

The Steelers' last three opponents won't argue with Ryan.

Bryant has burst onto the scene after not dressing in the first six games of the season.

The rookie fourth-round pick has caught 10 passes for 167 yards, and Bryant's five touchdowns are more than any Steelers player not named Antonio Brown.

Bryant made a passing reference to Clemson as "Wide Receiver U" on Wednesday, and it is easy to see why he sees his alma mater that way given the prism through which he views the Tigers.

Two of Bryant's former teammates are among the top 15 in the NFL in receiving yards.

Second-year Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, is 11th with 684 yards. Sammy Watkins, whom the Buffalo Bills traded up for to take No. 1 overall in the 2014 NFL draft, is 15th (590 yards) and is going to be a star. Watkins, who overshadowed Bryant at Clemson, also has five touchdowns.

He and Bryant are the first rookies who were college teammates to combine for at least 10 touchdowns through the first nine weeks of an NFL season, according to Elias.

The contributions of the young NFL wideouts who played for Clemson make it staggering to think of the talent Tigers coach Dabo Swinney had at the position over the previous two seasons.

Hopkins, Watkins and Bryant have combined for 90 catches for 1,441 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns through the first nine weeks of the season.

"Coach Swinney always said if you work hard in practice it's going to come out in a game," Bryant said. "We just took that and ran with it. You put your work in through the week and after that you go cut loose and have fun. Like (Steelers) coach (Mike Tomlin) says, ‘Have fun.' "

Bryant is, and he is just getting started.