Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin probably didn’t expect to play social media mediator to two of his wide receivers while preparing for the NFL draft in the war room.
Tomlin took to Twitter to tell Sammie Coates and Martavis Bryant to “play nice” after friendly fire over the Steelers’ selection of Southern California receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster with the 62nd overall pick.
— Mike Tomlin (@CoachTomlin) April 29, 2017
Bryant, the wideout who just recently was conditionally reinstated by the league after serving a yearlong suspension, tweeted shortly after the pick.
Coates replied to Bryant, “Hahahahahaha.”
Bryant deleted the tweet and Coates eventually responded to Tomlin,
No nice playing in football! See you Monday coach. https://t.co/0f3AMbe8GH
— Sammie Coates (@sammiecoates11) April 29, 2017
Coates, a third-round pick in 2015, served as the Steelers’ depth threat while Bryant was suspended but struggled late in the year while battling injuries.
Bryant has scored 15 touchdowns in 21 regular-season games, but has missed a total of 20 games because of substance-abuse violations.
Smith-Schuster is the Steelers’ highest draft pick at receiver since Limas Sweed went 53rd overall in 2008. When discussing the pick Friday night, offensive coordinator Todd Haley said the Steelers want to create competition at all positions.