Saints, Dez Bryant working on contract, report says
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Nov 09, 2018,
Nov 09, 2018, 0:32
If Bryant plays in this season's NFC Championship Game, it will be the first of his career. Last season, Bryant caught 69 passes, including six touchdowns, for a grand total of 838 yards and was tied for third in the league in dropped passes. If Bryant, also 30, has any amount of juice left we should see a similar spike in New Orleans.
On Wednesday, New Orleans agreed to sign Bryant to a one-year contract after working him out earlier in the week, ending Bryant's longest time away from football after the Cowboys released him this offseason. "I know he'll help their team".
Veteran Saints tight end Ben Watson said players in New Orleans' locker room must guard against pre-judging Bryant based on superficial observations from old television clips without knowing all the facts or how Bryant has evolved personally since.
In April, the Cowboys chose to release Bryant outright, making him a free agent.
Immediately Bryant jumps onto the depth chart as the Saints' second-best receiver behind Michael Thomas, meaning for the first time in his career, Bryant won't be relied on as a No.1 receiver.
During the preseason, Bryant had been inside the Browns facility but Cleveland elected not to sign him.
Led by record-setting quarterback Drew Brees, the Saints rank seventh on offense overall, averaging 402.2 yards per game, and seventh in passing, averaging 289.9 yards.
The Saints also have yet to receive consistent production from Cameron Meredith, a former Chicago receiving leader who was acquired in free agency, but who also is trying to come back from major knee surgery that wiped out his 2017 campaign. The Saints aren't getting the alpha dog receiver we saw in Dallas for seven seasons, but Sean Payton knows that and will craft a role that will allow Bryant to thrive. "He's definitely a special player and I'm glad he got picked up and I'm glad something worked out for him". Really happy for him and that opportunity.
The Saints understand that they are going to need any and every edge they can get throughout the rest of the season, and Dez Bryant pushes that red zone percentage even higher in all likelihood.