“I just had a chance to speak with Coach Olson and he said talent-wise, there’s probably nobody that can compete with [Bryant] talent-wise,” Jones said. “But they said he’s not picking up the playbook, and that’s the reason of a little frustration right now because they want to get him on the field but he’s not able to grasp the playbook yet.”
Oakland traded a third-round pick for Bryant during the NFL Draft, and it is imperative they get him on the field so as not to have wasted that asset. Jon Gruden's offense projects to be balanced, so there are not as many pass attempts to go around as one would like. Bryant is not on the fantasy radar right now.
With Stevie Johnson done for the season after tearing a meniscus, James Jones was signed to add another veteran weapon for Philip Rivers. Jones, who had 50-catch season with the Packers last season, may have lost a step at 32, but with Keenan Allen and Travis Benjamin already slated for starting spots, the Chargers are apparently comfortable using Jones as a veteran replacement in a limited role in 2016.
In addition to having lost a step, Jones moves into the mix with younger players like Tyrell Williams and Dontrelle Inman, both of whom may have an edge on the veteran newcomer in their understanding of the offense and their chemistry with Rivers.
2016 Bottom Line
Jones won't merit redraft consideration even if he makes the final cut -- something that isn't certain heading into exhibition play. Should he excel in August and make the 53-man roster, Jones will likely be relegated to waiver-wire status. His proven nose for the end-zone could serve him well in that capacity as the season progresses, but nobody should jump to conclusions about that without seeing evidence of it on the field.