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Monday, July 13, 2020

Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant unlikely to play for Saints in Week 10

Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant is expected to officially sign his contract with the New Orleans Saints on Thursday, which doesn’t leave him much time to prepare for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. In all likelihood, fans will have to wait another week to see the star wide receiver with his new team.

As Ian Rapoport of NFL Media notes, Bryant has not been practicing with the Saints this week and has yet to learn the playbook.

Considering he has not played in an NFL game in nearly a year, you would have to assume Bryant will be held out on Sunday. Even if he’s in tremendous shape, expecting a player to participate and know where he’s supposed to be on the field after spending just a few days with a team seems like a tall task.

Dez Bryant agrees to one-year deal with Saints

Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant has finally found a new place to play, and it is with one of the best offenses in the NFL.

Ian Rapoport and Jane Slater of NFL Network reported on Wednesday that Bryant will sign a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints.

The Saints already have an explosive offense, with Drew Brees having an outstanding season at age 39 and Michael Thomas putting up Pro Bowl numbers as his top wide receiver. They also have one of the best play-making running backs in the NFL in Alvin Kamara.

It will be interesting to see how in shape Bryant is, as he has not played in a meaningful NFL game in several months. With a situation like the one in New Orleans, he won’t be expected to carry a huge load or contribute immediately. If he picks up the offense and still has enough left in the tank physically, he could see plenty of one-on-one coverage and have chances to make plays down the stretch.

Bryant negotiated with at least one other NFL team after the start of the season, but nothing ever came of that. He likely thought he would have had more offers by now.

Dez Bryant, Saints reportedly negotiating contract

Dez Bryant

The New Orleans Saints are reportedly in negotiations to add another weapon for Drew Brees to utilize.

New Orleans brought in three receivers for a workout on Tuesday. Among them was Dez Bryant. While the former Pro Bowler departed without a contract, the two sides are reportedly in negotiations on a deal.

Bryant was released by the Cowboys during the offseason and has yet to find a new team. He also negotiated with the Cleveland Browns but ultimately could not reach an agreement.

The Saints already boast an explosive offense, led by future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees. Adding Bryant, who caught 69 passes for 838 yards and 6 touchdowns last season, would give Brees another target to go along with Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara.

Report: Dez Bryant to work out for Saints

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There has not been much news on the Dez Bryant front recently, but we got a big update on Monday night.

NFL Media’s Jane Slater reports that Dez Bryant will be among the three wide receivers the New Orleans Saints work out on Tuesday.

Teams often host free agents for workouts early in the week, often on Mondays or Tuesdays. They usually host players in case they are looking to replace someone on the roster, or just to know who’s available and how they’re looking in case of injuries.

Bryant has gone the entire season unsigned after being cut by the Dallas Cowboys during the offseason. The 30-year-old negotiated with the Browns before the season but never agreed to a deal.

Bryant played all 16 games for the Cowboys last season, catching 69 passes for 838 yards and 6 touchdowns. The Saints are 7-1 and look like one of the best teams in the league this season.

Texans coach won’t rule out looking into Dez Bryant

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The Houston Texans lost wide receiver Will Fuller for the season with an ACL injury on Thursday night, leading to questions about whether they might pursue a high-profile replacement.

Texans coach Bill O’Brien was asked Friday if the team would look into adding free agent wide receiver Dez Bryant, and while he didn’t say yes, he didn’t say no, either.

Still a free agent, Bryant has been in the headlines for sniping with his former bosses and hasn’t really been linked to a team in a while. There’s no indication that the Texans are interested, and we don’t know if he would even be interested in the Texans. They’re a playoff contender he’d have a decent role on, so the speculation makes sense, but speculation is all it is right now.

Martellus Bennett says people should bash Eli Manning, not Odell Beckham

Martellus Bennett

Martellus Bennett is looking at the NFL through a different lens this season now that he has retired, and the former star tight end feels one man is taking too much of the blame for an entire team’s horrendous effort.

During Thursday night’s game between the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants, Odell Beckham Jr. took a lot of heat for having another outburst on the sideline as his team was getting throttled yet again. Bennett took to Twitter to defend Beckham and said analysts and fans are pointing the finger at the wrong player.

“Man these commentators have taken 150 shots at Odell tonight. Shut the f— up. Talk about the game stop trying to vilify every single thing he does,” Bennett wrote. “The giants are a bad team and it’s not because of him. Criticize how bad eli is playing.”

Bennett later clarified that he likes Manning and is not saying he is the only person to blame for the Giants’ poor performance.

Bennett also said he believes what was described as Beckham having an outburst was actually the Pro Bowl receiver just getting himself amped up, which may have been the case. Beckham was also questioned for leaving the field before halftime, but Giants coach Pat Shurmur later provided an explanation for that.

The Giants are clearly a very bad team, but Beckham signed a massive contract extension this offseason and has not acted like much of a leader with some of the negative remarks he has made publicly. While you can certainly understand his frustration, he knows by now how his actions will be perceived.

Dez Bryant responds criticism from Jerry Jones, Shannon Sharpe

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones appeared to take a shot at Dez Bryant on Tuesday, and it didn’t take long for the free agent receiver to come up with a response.

In his weekly radio interview with 105.3 The Fan, Jones said the Cowboys have not had a legitimate No. 1 wideout for “several years,” which would include the time Bryant was with the team. When asked to elaborate, Jones implied that Bryant has never been in the elite category of receivers like DeAndre Hopkins and Julio Jones.

Bryant actually agrees that he was never a No. 1 option with Dallas, but he says that had everything to do with scheming and not his level of talent.

Former NFL tight end Shannon Sharpe caught wind of Bryant’s response and felt the free agent was being “thirsty,” and Dez fired back at him too.

It wasn’t that long ago that Bryant was considered one of the most dangerous playmakers in the NFL, so it is surprising that he has yet to sign with a team. He recently received an endorsement from one of the greatest players to ever play the receiver position, yet it’s starting to seem like we won’t see Bryant in 2018. Perhaps Jones’ assessment is one that is shared across the NFL.