Charley Casserly has been spending a lot of time talking NFL with Stephen A. Smith lately.
Casserly, an analyst at NFL Network, embarrassed himself on Monday while discussing Cole Beasley’s free agency status. He said the Cowboys didn’t utilize Beasley enough because they were throwing the ball to Dez Bryant too much last season.
Casserly just said the reason the #Cowboys didn’t utilize Cole Beasley enough in 2018 is because they “threw the ball to Dez Bryant too much last year”.
— Patrik [No C] Walker (@VoiceOfTheStar) March 11, 2019
You can’t make this stuff up.
Bryant of course was released by the Cowboys last year and declined to sign with interested teams until midway through the year. He eventually signed with the Saints but tore his Achilles’ tendon in his first week with the team and didn’t end up playing in any games.
Casserly has put a target on himself ever since making highly-publicized comments about Kyler Murray’s supposed negative combine performance. You would think he would be on top of his game ever since making that comment, but saying things like this hurts his credibility. Maybe he and Stephen A. should team up for a football show.
Dez Bryant did not play in an NFL game this season, so it’s easy to forget that he actually is part of a team. And he is holding strong allegiances to them.
Bryant was tweeting on Sunday about the New Orleans Saints’ playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He kept talking about the Super Bowl ring he would get when they win it all.
I’ll still get a ring whenever the saints win the super bowl … I planned to get healthy then help them go back to back and I caught it… tune in and watch the saints work today https://t.co/0VjCvVqA4Z
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) January 13, 2019
I did absolutely nothing and I’m still going to get my ring..man I’m not hurt I’ve been over that..can you tell…I’m going to support Dallas because I love the guys in the locker room.. I’m going to support the saints because they gave me a chance and want me back on the team https://t.co/pSpaORrXIJ
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) January 13, 2019
After being released by the Dallas Cowboys last offseason, Dez went several months unsigned despite having offers. He finally chose to sign with the Saints in November, but then he tore his Achilles’ tendon two days after signing.
Even though he was briefly part of the team, Bryant received love from their players and clearly still feels strong about them. He’s hoping they’ll bring him his first Super Bowl ring.
Dez Bryant’s inspiration to finally sign with an NFL team this season came from an unlikely source.
Bryant was cut by the Dallas Cowboys during the offseason and spent some time flirting with teams and entertaining offers. He never signed before the season, and sat out for most of the year until finally signing with the New Orleans Saints in early November.
Bryant went on the radio for an interview with 105.3 The Fan’s Ben and Skin Thursday and said he was ignoring messages from his agent about interested teams. It took rapper Jay-Z reaching out to inspire him to make a move.
“Get your a– down to New Orleans,” Jay-Z texted Bryant, which inspired him to go work out for the Saints.
Bryant suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon two days after signing with the Saints, which ended his season before it really got started. The injury is expected to keep Bryant out eight months and could be devastating to his career given his age (30). He might need another pep talk from Jay-Z to be motivated for next season.
Dez Bryant never got to play a game with the New Orleans Saints this season after he suffered a torn Achilles in his first practice with the team, but his new teammates clearly have a great deal of respect for him.
On Sunday, two Saints players — running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara — paid tribute to Bryant after scoring touchdowns by doing Dez’s patented “throw up the X” celebration.
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) November 11, 2018
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 11, 2018
Bryant took note of the celebrations and expressed his gratitude on Twitter during the game:
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) November 11, 2018
Bryant’s injury has the potential to be a career-ender given his age and situation, but he made it clear this week that he is not going to let it get him down. Watching teammates he never actually got a chance to play alongside show that kind of support for him had to feel pretty good.
New Orleans Saints receiver Dez Bryant is believed to have suffered a torn Achilles on Friday, and he’s reacting to the news.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter clarified that Bryant’s MRI is largely considered a formality, and he’ll be sidelined for eight months, with a chance of returning for training camp. That means he won’t get to play for the Saints this season after signing with them two days ago.
Testing on Saints’ WR Dez Bryant’s Achilles is considered “a formality”, per source. Doctors believe it is torn. Injury expected to sideline him eight months, putting him on track to potentially be ready for training camp.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 9, 2018
Bryant’s reaction was muted, referring to the injury as “the ultimate test.”
Things was just starting to heat up for me… I won’t question the man upstairs… this is the ultimate test.. thank you everyone for the prayers
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) November 9, 2018
Bryant suffered the injury at practice, a brutal blow for him. Players have come back from this sort of injury before, but it’s a fair question whether Bryant will ever be the same.
The New Orleans Saints and wide receiver Dez Bryant may have experienced one of the unluckiest injuries of the season.
According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Bryant was injured at practice on Friday and had to be helped off the field. The Saints fear that Bryant tore his Achilles, which would end his season before it even has the chance to begin.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 9, 2018
This comes only two days after Bryant signed a one-year deal with the Saints. He had just gotten into practice with the aim of getting into game shape, even if Week 10 was going to come too quickly for him to play in. Now, he may not get the chance to play for New Orleans at all.
Dez Bryant has agreed to a contract with the New Orleans Saints that runs through the remainder of the 2018 season, and it is clearly not just about the money for the star wide receiver.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter shared some details of Bryant’s contract on Thursday, and he will earn the pro-rated amount of a base salary of $1.25 million, which amounts to $600K for the remainder of the season. He can also earn up to $500K in incentives, bringing the total possible value of the deal to just over $1 million.
Dez Bryant’s base salary is $1.25M but will be prorated to bring it to $600,000K – and he has the ability to earn an additional $500K in incentives. https://t.co/iApstwy8e3
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 8, 2018
Bryant is clearly betting on himself and hoping he can prove he is still worthy of a significant free agent deal this offseason. Schefter also said this week that playing for a contender was important to Bryant, but it’s fair to wonder if he overplayed his hand last summer.
Bryant had the opportunity to sign a multi-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens well before the 2018 season began, and he turned it down in search of a one-year “prove it” contract. He has lashed out at those who say he mishandled the situation, but it will be hard to argue that his risk paid off if he does not play a big role in New Orleans down the stretch.