Martavis Bryant shows off his route running NFL workout drills. To perfect his craft as a Wide Receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Martavis Bryant uses 3 top drills to stay conditioned. The NFL interviewed him along with his trainer Frank Rice of Elite training.
- Whip Route Drill (Slant/Shake Off Defender)
- Four Cone Transition Drill (Quick Footwork)
- “M” Drill (Cutting/Breaking Ability)
Whip Route Drill
Slant and return, where you’re trying to hold the linebacker. You run at the linebacker, thinking you’re going to run at him. Then, you switch it up and run toward the sideline. Get better each one. Sell the slant, then run the route the other way.
Four Cone Transition Drill
The Four Cone Transition drill is used to work on keeping the legs and feet close to your body. When you catch the ball, you want to keep your body tight. This helps with ball control, and getting you going straight up the field after the catch.
Martavis Bryant says:
The key to this drill is to keep your foot placement in order. When you’re coming around cones you want to keep your feet under you. You don’t want to be too wide. It’s important to keep your feet close together, so you’re always in control of your movement. You determine where you want to go, nobody else.
The M Drill works on your cuts and breaks. You do a curl route, then come back and catch the football from the quarterback. The key is to focus on foot placement, and explosion toward your next route.
It especially helps a slot receiver who is looking to make a quick break against a linebacker or safety. You want to think about creating separation, then connecting with the quarterback and getting the ball thrown to you. From there, catch the pass and work quickly to cut and get up the field.
Martavis Bryant explains the “M” Drill:
The key to the M drill is getting out of your breaks faster. Especially when you got a DB on your tail. You want to be able to push off. Get back looking toward the quarterback as soon as possible. The importance of breaking up field is for that 3rd and 4 situation where you want to run that spot routine in the middle of the field.
Martavis Bryant Stats
Martavis Bryant’s stats include 57 catches, 1172 yards and 14 Touchdowns.
Martavis was drafted in the 4th round (118th) of the 2014 NFL Draft. That year, Bryant won the Pittsburgh Steelers “Joe Greene Performance Award” for 2014. This honor is given to the team’s “Top Rookie” each year. He was put on the Reserve/Suspended list in September, 2015 but came back in October, 2015.