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Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant looking like a beast in his workout videos ahead of NFL return

Dez Bryant

NFL teams in need of some help have the opportunity to make trades ahead of the deadline. But there is one other player out there who might be able to provide an upgrade to teams looking for an offensive boost: Dez Bryant.

Bryant went deep into last season before finally signing as with the New Orleans Saints and then tearing his Achilles tendon in his first practice. He waffled this offseason about whether or not he would return to football, but said in late August he was targeting a mid-October return. He seems to be sticking to his word.

Bryant has posted some videos to social media the past few days that show his progress as he works his way back. Sure, there aren’t any pads or defenders, but Bryant looks good in these videos. You can tell just based on his speed and agility.

In Twitter responses to fans, Bryant said his health was his only focus and that the next three weeks are critical. He also said his recovery is a work in progress.

Will fans see Bryant back on a football field this season? We will find out. The 30-year-old was still a factor in 2017, catching 69 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns with the Cowboys. If he’s motivated to return this season — which it seems like he is — perhaps he could help a team.

Dez Bryant targeting NFL return in mid-October

Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant says he is targeting a return to the NFL this season.

NFL Media’s Jane Slater posted a video to Twitter on Saturday that showed Bryant working out. She also quoted receivers coach David Robinson of describing Bryant as “healthy, moving fast and explosive.”

Bryant also told Slater he was targeting a mid-October return to the NFL. This is notable because as of a month ago, he said he was not interested in playing football at the time.

The 30-year-old receiver was cut by the Dallas Cowboys last year. He went several months without signing despite having interest and offers from teams. He finally signed with the Saints in November but quickly tore his Achilles tendon.

Bryant played all 16 games in 2017, catching 69 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns. It’s unclear whether the Saints would have interest in signing him again, but he should have no trouble finding interested teams.

Dez Bryant explains why he identifies with Andrew Luck

Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant has had terrible luck with injuries since being released by the Dallas Cowboys in 2018, but those experiences have helped him understand Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck’s decision to retire.

Bryant, who is currently unsigned, was one of many NFL players to praise Luck after the quarterback retired Saturday. Bryant added that he understood Luck’s decision “100%.”

When one fan doubted whether Bryant would actually pass up $58 million, Bryant claimed he’d turned down $30 million from the Baltimore Ravens because he hadn’t felt that he could live up to that.

Bryant is referring to the 2018 offseason following his release from Dallas. At the time, it was reported that he turned down a multi-year offer from the Ravens, preferring to find a one-year deal.

Bryant may understand even better now. He didn’t land with a team until over halfway through the 2018 season. Then, two days after signing with the New Orleans Saints, he tore his Achilles. It’s safe to say that he would understand better than most just how much injuries can mess up a career, and why one might simply take the money they’ve saved and move on to other things when the physical toll becomes a major factor.

Dez Bryant not interested in playing football right now

Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant is a free agent and expects that to remain the case for the time being.

The wide receiver addresses his playing status with a couple of tweets sent on Tuesday. He said in one tweet that he had “no interest in playing football right now.”

In another tweet he said he wasn’t retiring but just “taking care of (himself).”

Bryant expressed in June that he could turn to other interests rather than football.

The 30-year-old was cut by the Dallas Cowboys last year. He went several months without signing despite having interest and offers from teams. He finally signed with the Saints in November but quickly tore his Achilles tendon. Bryant shared video in May that showed himself being able to run and work out, so it seems he might be able to play if he wanted to. For now, he appears content to let NFL training camps get underway without him.

Bryant played all 16 games in 2017, catching 69 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns.

Dez Bryant tells Molly Qerim she ‘overreacted’ to LaVar Ball comment

Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant weighed in on the LaVar Ball “First Take” controversy from last week, and he doesn’t believe Ball was wrong.

Early this week, Bryant tweeted at ESPN host Molly Qerim to tell her she “dramatically overreacted” and owes Ball an apology.

He continued to defend his stance even when people challenged him on it.

Bryant later on Twitter defended Ball but got LaVar’s quote wrong. He said Ball told Qerim “we can switch gears,” which is much different from Ball’s actual quote of, “you can switch gears with me any time.”

Other people have repeated Ball’s quote wrong when defending him. There is a world of difference between “we can switch gears” and what he actually said, and more importantly, the way he said it. There was innuendo and seduction to it. She and ESPN had reasons to be upset and call it “completely inappropriate.”

Those defending LaVar by looking at just the words he said and not the way it was said are missing half the picture. That’s like ignoring if someone winks while saying something in a sarcastic voice; you’ve completely missed the point.

The end result is ESPN saying they have no plans to use Ball as a guest moving forward.

Dez Bryant could turn to other interests instead of football

Dez Bryant

Other interests could lead to Dez Bryant stepping away from professional football to pursue something more meaningful to his personal life.

The 2018 season was a lost one for Bryant, who tore his Achilles less than a week after signing with the New Orleans Saints. Last month Bryant returned to football-related workouts, which made it appear he was working his way back to a potential return to game action.

On Monday, Bryant seemed a little cool on returning. He was asked by a fan on Twitter whether he was still interested in playing. His response talking about being a father and entrepreneur suggested that a return to the NFL isn’t a certainty.

Bryant last played in a game in December 2017. He will turn 31 during the upcoming NFL season and is coming back from an injury that has been known to dramatically reduce explosion and lateral quickness, which are essential for wide receivers. It sounds as though Bryant has used time during the recovery process to assess his priorities. Football may not be as high as it once was.

Watch: Dez Bryant returns to workouts after torn Achilles

Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant’s road to recovery has progressed to running routes and catching passes.

Last November, Bryant signed a one-year deal with New Orleans Saints. Less than a week later, he tore his Achilles tendon during practice.

Nearly six months later, Bryant has returned to the practice field. On Monday, the three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver shared two videos of himself running for what he called the “first time in a long time.”

As we have seen in the past, Achilles injuries can have a devastating impact on an athlete’s explosiveness. While the recovery from a torn Achilles is generally a long road, Bryant looks to be moving about as well as can be expected at this point in the process.

Clueless Charley Casserly thinks Dez Bryant played for Cowboys last season

Charley Casserly

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.

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 looking forward to getting Saints Super Bowl ring

Dez Bryant

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.

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 says Jay-Z inspired him to sign with Saints

Dez Bryant

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.