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Ben Roethlisberger: Martavis Bryant will ‘have a great second half’

Ben Roethlisberger expressed confidence that Martavis Bryant is set to embark upon a “great second half” to the season, now that all the drama is hopefully in the past.

The Pittsburgh Steelers benched Bryant for last Sunday’s victory over the Detroit Lions for a series of disruptive incidents spawned by the disgruntled wide receiver. Bryant insisted upon learning he would be inactive for the game that there would be no more distractions on his part.

When asked now that things have been restored to some semblance of normalcy, Roethlisberger indicated faith in Bryant moving on from the troubles of the past few weeks, saying “Absolutely I am” when asked if he’s confident Bryant can be a huge contributor moving forward.

Roethlisberger addressed the Bryant situation during his weekly appearance on 93.7 The Fan, this one coming during the Steelers’ bye week. Roethlisberger praised Bryant for remaining involved last week despite knowing he would not be playing.

“I thought he had a great attitude,” Roethlisberger said, via Steelers Depot. “I thought he was very encouraging to guys, it wasn’t like he was just standing on his own and kind of pouting, or whatever. I felt like he was high-fiving guys, he was celebrating when we scored, he seemed really into the game and I thought that was encouraging.”

Bryant, despite Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin expressed some doubt that Bryant could help the team in light of recent events, is expected to be part of the game plan for when the Steelers face the Indianapolis Colts on Nov. 12.

“I’m excited, I think he’s going to have a great second half, I mean, I need to have a great second half, so, if we both have great second halves, I think we can be a successful offense,” Roethlisberger said.

Bryant ought to be extremely grateful over Roethlisberger once again going to bat for him. The best way for Bryant — who has only 18 receptions for 234 yards and one touchdown on the season —  to reward Big Ben for his continued faith is to put up some big numbers sooner rather than later.