Hunter Bryant

Hunter Bryant

Tight End #86
Team: Free Agent None
Ht / Wt:6'2" / 248 lb.
College:Washington
Age:22
Born:August 20, 1998
Drafted:2020 / UDFA

Hunter Bryant: Minimal usage in season finale

Bryant saw one target but did not catch a pass during Sunday's 37-35 loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: That makes three targets on the season for the undrafted rookie out of Washington whose rookie debut was delayed by a combination of hamstring and head injuries. Not seeing action until Week 13, Bryant at least showcased a bit of explosion in his limited playing time (7.0 offensive snaps per game) this year by catching one of them for a 44-yard gain in Week 15. However, with both T.J. Hockenson and Jesse James under contract through at least 2022, the majority of Bryant's value resides in dynasty formats for the time being.

January 5, 2021 4:51 PM EST

Hunter Bryant: Snags first career catch

Bryant caught one of two targets for 44 yards during Sunday's 46-25 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: Lining up the slot, the 6-foot-2 "tight end" that's really more of a receiver made a nice grab down the seam that marked his first catch as a pro. With Detroit out of playoff contention and none of the Lions top four receivers under contract beyond this season, it'll be interesting to see if the Lions give the rookie an extended look during the final two games of the season.

December 20, 2020 6:01 PM EST

Hunter Bryant: Logs four snaps on offense

Bryant logged four offensive snaps during Sunday's 31-24 loss to Green Bay.

Analysis: Bryant saw another handful of snaps after logging five in his professional debut last week against the Bears. While there's a chance interim head coach Darrell Bevell might experiment with the rookie down the stretch, Bryant will need to see a big jump in playing time to be worthy of fantasy attention.

December 14, 2020 7:43 AM EST

Hunter Bryant: Set to make season debut

Bryant (concussion) practiced fully for the third straight day Friday and doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Bears.

Analysis: Hunter's absence from the injury report suggests he has cleared the concussion protocol and should make his season debut Sunday. His role will likely be limited primarily to special teams duties, however, as Bryant's unlikely to unseat T.J. Hockenson or Jesse James from the top two spots on Detroit's tight end depth chart.

December 4, 2020 12:56 PM EST

Hunter Bryant: Progressing through protocol

Bryant (concussion) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Bryant was activated off injured reserve Wednesday after sitting out the first 11 games with a hamstring injury and, recently, a concussion. While he's been moved back to the active roster, his appearance on the injury report indicates that he may still be in the league's five-step concussion protocol. However, the undrafted rookie out of Washington is on track to make his NFL debut this Sunday against the Bears if this progress continues. He'll slot into a depth role at tight end behind T.J. Hockenson, Jesse James and Isaac Nauta.

December 2, 2020 6:11 PM EST

Hunter Bryant: Finally activated off IR

Bryant (concussion/hamstring) was activated from injured reserve Wednesday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: Bryant returned to practice Nov. 11 but it apparently took a few weeks for him to clear concussion protocol. Now ready for action, Bryant is nothing more than the third or fourth tight end on the depth chart, though he probably is the second-best pass catcher Detroit has at the position.

December 2, 2020 8:23 AM EST

Hunter Bryant: Returns to practice

Bryant (concussion/hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday, indicating the beginning of his 21-day window to be activated from IR, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: Bryant has yet to play this season, as he started the year with a hamstring injury and later was diagnosed with a concussion. It's unclear if he's still bothered by either injury, but the undrafted rookie out of Washington is eligible to make his NFL debut Sunday against the Football Team.

November 11, 2020 2:26 PM EST

Hunter Bryant: Placed on IR

Bryant (concussion/hamstring) was placed on IR on Friday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Bryant has been bothered by both a concussion and a hamstring injury, and the depth tight end will have to sit out for at least three weeks as a result. He can return Nov. 8 against Minnesota at the earliest, and Detroit may opt to bring in another tight end behind T.J. Hockenson and Jesse James in the meantime.

October 16, 2020 12:24 PM EST

Hunter Bryant: Misses another practice

Bryant (concussion) was held out of Detroit's practice session Thursday.

Analysis: The 22-year-old tight end was beleaguered by a hamstring issue for the first month of the season, and now he is navigating his way through concussion protocol as Detroit readies for a Week 6 matchup against the Jaguars. Bryant has yet to make his NFL debut after registering 52 catches and 825 receiving yards last year during his final collegiate season at Washington.

October 15, 2020 3:31 PM EST

Hunter Bryant: Enters concussion protocol

Bryant (concussion) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Bryant missed the first four games of the season with a hamstring injury. He's no longer listed with a hamstring issue on the injury report, but he has entered the league's concussion protocol. The undrafted free agent out of Washington has two more days of practice to get onto the field and have a chance to play Sunday versus the Jaguars.

October 14, 2020 2:41 PM EST

Hunter Bryant: Sitting out Sunday

Bryant (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Saints.

Analysis: The undrafted free agent out of Washington will remain sidelined through the Lions' Week 5 bye with hopes of returning against the Jaguars in Week 6. T.J. Hockenson and Jesse James are the only tight ends active for the Lions on Sunday.

October 4, 2020 8:43 AM EST

Hunter Bryant: Status uncertain for Sunday

Bryant (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game versus the Saints, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: Bryant stayed on the practice field the entire week, and although it was only in a limited fashion, it was the first time he's accomplished that this season. The undrafted rookie could make his NFL debut Sunday if his recovery keeps progressing. If he plays, he'll likely slot in as the No. 3 tight end behind T.J. Hockenson and Jesse James.

October 2, 2020 3:24 PM EST

Hunter Bryant: Practicing on a limited basis

Bryant (hamstring) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Bryant has now logged back-to-back limited practices while recovering from his hamstring injury. The undrafted rookie will target making his NFL debut against the Saints on Sunday, but he may first need to resume practicing without restrictions.

October 1, 2020 3:14 PM EST

Hunter Bryant: Debut still on hold

Bryant (hamstring) has been ruled out of Sunday's game in Arizona, Time Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: Bryant's NFL debut remains on hold, as the undrafted tight end will be sidelined for a third consecutive week to open his career. His next chance to suit up will come in Week 4 against the Saints.

September 25, 2020 1:13 PM EST

Hunter Bryant: Unable to play Sunday

Bryant (hamstring) has been ruled out of Sunday's game versus the Packers, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: The undrafted TE made the team out of camp but is still awaiting his NFL debut. He bumped up to limited participation in Friday's practice, which bodes well for Week 3's matchup versus the Cardinals.

September 18, 2020 1:13 PM EST

Hunter Bryant: Still absent from practice

Bryant (hamstring) will not practicing Thursday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Bryant has yet to resume practicing since sustaining a hamstring injury in training camp. The undrafted rookie looks in line to miss Sunday's game in Green Bay, but his absence won't have a significant impact on Detroit's offense.

September 17, 2020 2:42 PM EST

Hunter Bryant: Won't suit up Sunday

Bryant (hamstring) is ruled out for Sunday's contest against the Bears, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: Bryant's hamstring injury kept him from practicing in any capacity this week. The undrafted rookie will work to get healthy enough to face Green Bay in Week 2, but even when Bryant does retake the field he'll likely only play a marginal role behind T.J. Hockenson and Jesse James.

September 11, 2020 12:52 PM EST

Hunter Bryant: Absent from practice again

Bryant (hamstring) won't participate in Thursday's practice, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: With two missed practices to begin the Lions' Week 1 prep, Bryant looks in danger of landing on the team's inactive list once Sunday arrives. Even if he demonstrates enough progress at Friday's practice to gain clearance for the season opener, Bryant is unlikely to see many reps on offense behind the Lions' top two tight ends, T.J. Hockenson and Jesse James.

September 10, 2020 8:54 AM EST

Hunter Bryant: Leaves practice field early

Bryant exited Sunday's practice early due to a leg injury, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Bryant will likely undergo further evaluation before the nature and severity of his injury are disclosed. The undrafted rookie out of Washington looked to be competing for the No. 3 tight end role behind T.J. Hockenson and Jesse James prior being injured. If he's able to avoid missing much time, he could still have a fair shot at making the final roster.

August 23, 2020 6:08 PM EST

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