Little more than a month after receiver Dez Bryant said he had no interest in playing football, he’s planning a comeback.
Bryant tells Jane Slater of the NFL that he’s hoping to return to the NFL in the middle of October.
Bryant tore an Achilles tendon in his first practice with the Saints last year. The next question becomes whether someone is interested in signing Bryant. There’s much less of a sense that teams are clamoring for him this year, but that’s possibly because there has been no indication that he’s coming back. Now that he’s in play, teams can start exploring whether to try to land him, the story said.
Nov 09, 2018 · 6:44 PM EST
Saints WR Dez Bryant (ankle, questionable) was limited Friday after taking full reps earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 10. He tore his Achilles and is out for the year.
Dez Bryant was helped off the field at Saints practice today after suffering what the team fears may be a torn Achilles. He’s getting an MRI now.
Well, that was fast. Obviously, this is a big blow for Dez personally, the Saints as a team and to hopeful owners. With Cam Meredith added to IR just yesterday and no updates on if Ted Ginn Jr. will be able to return this year, the Saints suddenly find themselves thin at receiver. Ben Watson and TreQuan Smith figure to pick up much of the slack but don't be surprised if Alvin Kamara runs more routes, if that is even possible, with Mark Ingram picking up extra snaps. The biggest direct beneficiary is likely Smith, who could see additional work outside of the deep-threat role he's filled in recent weeks. Austin Carr, who has five career receptions will be the slot guy, but isn't likely to come into value. Look for the Saints, who also brought in Brandon Marshall and Kamar Aiken before signing Bryant, to add to the position in the next few days or early next week.
New Saints wide receiver Dez Bryant is expected to sit out Sunday‘s game versus the Bengals. They want him to drop weight and he needs more than two practices to learn the offense, build chemistry, etc. His debut could come the following week against the Eagles.
When Dez is ready, we aren't even sure he will be productive. Our Director of Forecasting John Paulsen had this to say about his signing: "The signing of Bryant provides a slight boost to Drew Brees, who has another target to utilize. Bryant likely eats into Cameron Meredith’s workload. Sean Payton likes to have a speed receiver on the field, so TreQuan Smith’s role should be relatively safe. Bryant could become fantasy-viable if he’s able to carve out a big role, but there are so many mouths to feed in this offense that it will be tough for him to have any week-to-week consistency."