|Ht / Wt:||6'2" / 220 lb.|
|Born:||November 4, 1988|
|Drafted:||2010 / Rd. 1 (24)|
The Ravens officially added Bryant to their practice squad Tuesday.
Analysis: With his deal with Baltimore now official, the three-time Pro Bowl receiver becomes the most noteworthy practice squad player in the NFL. The 31-year-old Bryant hasn't made an NFL appearance since 2017, with a torn Achilles' tendon suffered in November 2018 forcing him to put his career on hold. Bryant has been back to full health for more than a year and was waiting for the right opportunity to emerge, and he appears to have identified one with Baltimore. The Ravens are expected to give him a long look in their practice sessions over the next few weeks before determining if he can provide an upgrade over some of their existing depth wideouts on the 53-man roster.
The Ravens plan to sign Bryant to their practice squad if his workout with the team goes well and his physical goes fine, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The Ravens worked out Bryant in August, so this move doesn't completely come out of nowhere. Bryant, who turns 32 next month, last saw action in an NFL game on Dec. 31, 2017. The wideout sat out the 2019 NFL season while rehabbing from an Achilles tear he suffered in November 2018, but now that he's well past that injury, he'll look to make his way back to the field in a Baltimore uniform. It's unclear how much (and when) he might be able to add to the team's passing attack at this point, but giving the accomplished pass-catcher a look via the practice squad is a low-risk way to evaluate that.
Bryant will travel to Baltimore this week for a workout with the Ravens, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The 31-year-old wideout sat out the 2019 NFL season while rehabbing from the Achilles tear he suffered in Nov. 2018. The Ravens want to see Bryant work out before they offer a contract, and he'll likely need to compete for a roster spot if he ends up signing with the team.
Professionals receivers coach David Robinson said Bryant (Achilees) is back to "90-to-100-percent" strength and has fielded inquiries from multiple NFL teams, ESPN.com's John Keim reports.
Analysis: The teams reportedly want to see Bryant work out and run routes, which may be difficult amidst restrictions for the coronavirus pandemic. A report from February suggested the 31-year-old wideout was interested in rejoining the Cowboys, but there are probably better fits if he wants a real shot to compete for snaps. Bryant suffered a torn Achilles in Nov. 2018.
Bryant (Achilles) is interested in rejoining the Cowboys, Clarence E. Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Analysis: Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said he received a text from Bryant, who last played for the team in 2017 and then suffered a torn Achilles with the Saints in 2018. The 31-year-old wide receiver may draw interest from a few teams, but he'll likely need to prove his health and battle for a spot on the 53-man roster if/when he signs a contract. For what it's worth, Jones didn't dismiss the idea of bringing Bryant back to Dallas.
Bryant (Achilles) said he will try to return to football in mid-October, Jane Slater of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Bryant signed with the Saints last November and suffered a torn Achilles shortly thereafter. There hasn't been any chatter about the 30-year-old wide receiver drawing interest from NFL teams, but he could make sense as a mid-season pickup for an injury-riddled squad. Bryant is five years removed from his last 1,000-yard season (2014).
Bryant (Achilles) ran with cleats Monday for the first time since he was injured, Kevin Skiver of CBS Sports reports.
Analysis: Bryant tore his Achilles tendon two days after signing with the Saints last November, and is progressing through the early stages of a long recovery process. The timing of his injury leaves the veteran uncertain to be ready for Week 1, but his recovery progress is encouraging. The 30-year-old wideout, currently a free agent, clearly intends to continue his NFL career and find a new home when healthy.
Coach Sean Payton said he can't "forecast the future" with Bryant, who is recovering from a torn Achilles, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Within days of signing with the Saints, Bryant sustained the season-ending injury in practice, never playing a down for the organization. He underwent surgery to repair the Achilles within a week, so he's a little more than four months into the rehab process. At the time of the injury, Bryant was expected to need at least eight months to return to full health, at which point he likely will make the rounds to find a new home. Payton didn't shed any light on whether the Saints will consider bringing him back to New Orleans, but the presence of Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara, Ted Ginn, Jared Cook and Tre'Quan Smith indicate targets would be difficult to earn in that locale.
Bryant (Achilles) has been placed on injured reserve, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports.
Analysis: Bryant is expected to be out at least eight months according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, but an official timeline will likely come after the wide receiver undergoes surgery to repair his torn Achilles. The Saints will move on with a depth chart that features Michael Thomas, Tre'Quan Smith, Austin Carr and Keith Kirkwood as its four healthy wide receivers.
Bryant is expected to miss the next 8-12 months after tearing his Achilles, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Fears of a torn Achilles were confirmed Saturday, just three days after the wide receiver signed a contract with the Saints. The 30-year-old will now begin a rigorous rehab process, with the 8-12 month timeline putting his availability near the start of training camps for many teams in 2019. The Saints promoted Keith Kirkwood to the active roster to provide the team more depth, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see another heavy workload for wide receivers Michael Thomas and rookie Tre'Quan Smith in Sunday's contest against the Bengals.
Testing on Bryant's Achilles is viewed as a mere formality, with doctors expecting confirmation of a tear, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Bryant sent out a tweet that supports the notion of a ruptured Achilles, describing Friday's setback as "the ultimate test". He's listed as questionable on the injury report for Sunday's game in Cincinnati, but he wasn't expected to play even when he was healthy. Now looking at an extended rehab timeline, Bryant may have a tough time generating interest during the offseason. He'd just signed a one-year contract with the Saints on Wednesday, doing well to land with a likely playoff team in need of help at his position. Bryant celebrated his 30th birthday this past weekend.
Bryant suffered what is believed to be a torn Achilles at Friday's practice, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.
Analysis: While his Saints tenure may be in peril after signing with the team Wednesday, Bryant was listed on Friday's injury report as limited with an ankle injury, per Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune. Expect Bryant's status to receive further clarification following an MRI
Bryant isn't expected to play in Sunday's game against the Bengals, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.
Analysis: Bryant has only had two practice sessions to learn the offense since signing Wednesday, and the Saints reportedly want him to drop some weight before he plays in a game. Tre'Quan Smith should be in line for a heavy snap count against Cincinnati, with Austin Carr likely serving as the No. 3 receiver after Cameron Meredith (knee) was placed on injured reserve Thursday. The Saints presumably hope to have Bryant available for Week 11 against the Eagles.
When asked Thursday morning, head coach Sean Payton did not reveal whether or not Bryant will play Sunday against the Bengals, according to Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Analysis: Bryant will have a chance to take the field in Week 10, but Payton said it was difficult to gauge his availability before seeing him practice. Payton figures to provide an update on Bryant's status either after Thursday's session comes to a close, or at least at some point prior to kickoff Sunday.
Bryant agreed Wednesday with the Saints on a one-year contract, Ian Rapoport and Jane Slater of NFL Network report.
Analysis: Unemployed for nearly seven months after failing to find a team who was willing to meet his asking price, Bryant finally landed with New Orleans after working out for the team Tuesday. While Bryant has presumably kept himself in shape while he's been unsigned, his lack of recent practice reps within a team structure could result in the Saints easing him into their offensive system. Though the three-time Pro Bowler is clearly on the downside of his career, Bryant could press for a starting role once he gets fully up to speed with the Saints' playbook. For all their offensive excellence this season, the Saints have yet to find a quality secondary target to support No. 1 receiver Michael Thomas and backfield pass-catching standout Alvin Kamara. Bryant would likely to amount to an upgrade over the likes of depth wideouts Tre'Quan Smith, Cameron Meredith and Austin Carr, who have combined for less than 100 receiving yards and only 14 targets between them over the last three games.
Bryant and the Saints remain in negotiations on a contract after the wideout worked for the team Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.
Analysis: Though Bryant went home without a deal, he and his representatives remain in communication with the Saints, with "all signs" pointing to the 30-year-old eventually landing in New Orleans. Given his status as a three-time Pro Bowler, Bryant presumably has more leverage than most street free agents in negotiations, though any contract he might sign would likely only be for the remainder of this season. If both player and team are eventually able to put pen to paper, Bryant could quickly push for a spot in the starting ranks alongside No. 1 wideout Michael Thomas. The Saints' remaining healthy depth options at receiver -- Tre'Quan Smith, Cameron Meredith and Austin Carr -- have combined for just eight receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown on 14 targets over the past three games.
Bryant is scheduled to work out for the Saints on Tuesday, Jane Slater of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Since being cut by the Cowboys in April, Bryant has indicated on multiple occasions that he was on the cusp of finding work, but the 30-year-old has remained unsigned deep into the regular season. Bryant has been presumably kept himself in shape with the hope of landing with a team, so New Orleans will take a cursory look as the team aims to upgrade its wideout corps. Since Ted Ginn (knee) was placed on injured reserve Oct. 18, rookie Tre'Quan Smith has moved into the starting lineup while Cameron Meredith and Austin Carr have maintained roles in three- and four-receiver sets, but none of the three have offered meaningful production on a week-to-week basis. If Bryant shows well in his workout, the Saints could add him to the roster and see if he can provide an upgrade over the team's existing secondary passing-game options behind top receiver Michael Thomas and running back Alvin Kamara.
In response to a question posed to Bryant via Twitter pertaining to when he might sign with a new team, the wideout tweeted "soon," UPI.com reports.
Analysis: In the midst of Week 4, Bryant -- who the Cowboys released back in mid-April -- remains without a team and with no known current offers. That said, as injuries build up around the league, it's conceivable that wideout-hungry squads may reach out to Bryant. In the event that he does catch on with a new team, he'd have to get up to speed with an unfamiliar playbook, as well as establish that he's in game shape. While fantasy relevance this season can't be ruled out for Bryant, such a potential outcome is far from imminent at this stage.
Bryant indicated via Twitter on Sunday that he's interested in playing for New England or Washington, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
Analysis: It remains to be seen if either team will roll the dice on the veteran wideout now that Week 1 has kicked off and any contract Bryant signs won't carry the same guarantees as if he had been on an opening-day roster. It's worth noting that the Patriots waived wide receivers Riley McCarron and Chad Hansen on Monday, but they've also kicked the tires on free agents Brandon Reilly and Kendall Wright, so those moves don't necessarily point to potential interest in Bryant.
The Browns could re-engage with Bryant on contract negotiations at some point next week, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Analysis: Cleveland reached out to Bryant early in training camp about a potential deal, but bringing the veteran into the fold became less of a priority for the team when Josh Gordon was activated from the Non-Football Injury list Aug. 25. While Gordon is expected to be ready to play in Sunday's season opener against the Steelers, adding Bryant to the receiver room next week would still have some appeal for the Browns due to the lower financial consequences at stake. Contracts for vested veterans like Bryant are only fully guaranteed through Week 1, so the Browns would only have to guarantee 25 percent of his salary in the event the wideout joined the team at a later date. It's worth noting that Bryant has stated this offseason that he's eager to sign with a contender, which may limit his interest in joining a Browns squad that, while seemingly on the rise, has gone 1-31 over the past two seasons.
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