QDez Bryant
WR FA
3 months ago

Bryant (Achilles) ran with cleats Monday for the first time since he was injured, Kevin Skiver of CBS Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bryant tore his Achilles tendon two days after signing with the Saints last November, and is progressing through the early stages of a long recovery process. The timing of his injury leaves the three-time Pro Bowler uncertain to be ready for Week 1, but his recovery progress is encouraging. Currently a free agent, the 30-year-old wideout clearly intends to continue his NFL career and search for a new home when healthy. Bryant hasn't seen game-time action since the 2017 season.

QDez Bryant
WR FA
4 months ago

Coach Sean Payton said he can't "forecast the future" with Bryant, who is recovering from a torn Achilles, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Within days of signing with the Saints, Bryant sustained the season-ending injury in practice, never playing a down for the organization. He underwent surgery to repair the Achilles within a week, so he's a little more than four months into the rehab process. At the time of the injury, Bryant was expected to need at least eight months to return to full health, at which point he likely will make the rounds to find a new home. Payton didn't shed any light on whether the Saints will consider bringing him back to New Orleans, but the presence of Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara, Ted Ginn, Jared Cook and Tre'Quan Smith indicate targets would be difficult to earn in that locale.

QDez Bryant
WR FA
8 months ago7 Comments

Bryant (Achilles) has been placed on injured reserve, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bryant is expected to be out at least eight months according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, but an official timeline will likely come after the wide receiver undergoes surgery to repair his torn Achilles. The Saints will move on with a depth chart that features Michael Thomas, Tre'Quan Smith, Austin Carr and Keith Kirkwood as its four healthy wide receivers.

QDez Bryant
WR FA
8 months ago

Bryant is expected to miss the next 8-12 months after tearing his Achilles, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Fears of a torn Achilles were confirmed Saturday, just three days after the wide receiver signed a contract with the Saints. The 30-year-old will now begin a rigorous rehab process, with the 8-12 month timeline putting his availability near the start of training camps for many teams in 2019. The Saints promoted Keith Kirkwood to the active roster to provide the team more depth, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see another heavy workload for wide receivers Michael Thomas and rookie Tre'Quan Smith in Sunday's contest against the Bengals.

QDez Bryant
WR FA
8 months ago

Testing on Bryant's Achilles is viewed as a mere formality, with doctors expecting confirmation of a tear, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bryant sent out a tweet that supports the notion of a ruptured Achilles, describing Friday's setback as "the ultimate test". He's listed as questionable on the injury report for Sunday's game in Cincinnati, but he wasn't expected to play even when he was healthy. Now looking at an extended rehab timeline, Bryant may have a tough time generating interest during the offseason. He'd just signed a one-year contract with the Saints on Wednesday, doing well to land with a likely playoff team in need of help at his position. Bryant celebrated his 30th birthday this past weekend.

QDez Bryant
WR FA
8 months ago

Bryant suffered what is believed to be a torn Achilles at Friday's practice, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

While his Saints tenure may be in peril after signing with the team Wednesday, Bryant was listed on Friday's injury report as limited with an ankle injury, per Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune. Expect Bryant's status to receive further clarification following an MRI

QDez Bryant
WR FA
8 months ago1 Comment

Bryant isn't expected to play in Sunday's game against the Bengals, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bryant has only had two practice sessions to learn the offense since signing Wednesday, and the Saints reportedly want him to drop some weight before he plays in a game. Tre'Quan Smith should be in line for a heavy snap count against Cincinnati, with Austin Carr likely serving as the No. 3 receiver after Cameron Meredith (knee) was placed on injured reserve Thursday. The Saints presumably hope to have Bryant available for Week 11 against the Eagles.

QDez Bryant
WR FA
8 months ago

When asked Thursday morning, head coach Sean Payton did not reveal whether or not Bryant will play Sunday against the Bengals, according to Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune.

EDGE Analysis

Bryant will have a chance to take the field in Week 10, but Payton said it was difficult to gauge his availability before seeing him practice. Payton figures to provide an update on Bryant's status either after Thursday's session comes to a close, or at least at some point prior to kickoff Sunday.

QDez Bryant
WR FA
8 months ago

Bryant agreed Wednesday with the Saints on a one-year contract, Ian Rapoport and Jane Slater of NFL Network report.

EDGE Analysis

Unemployed for nearly seven months after failing to find a team who was willing to meet his asking price, Bryant finally landed with New Orleans after working out for the team Tuesday. While Bryant has presumably kept himself in shape while he's been unsigned, his lack of recent practice reps within a team structure could result in the Saints easing him into their offensive system. Though the three-time Pro Bowler is clearly on the downside of his career, Bryant could press for a starting role once he gets fully up to speed with the Saints' playbook. For all their offensive excellence this season, the Saints have yet to find a quality secondary target to support No. 1 receiver Michael Thomas and backfield pass-catching standout Alvin Kamara. Bryant would likely to amount to an upgrade over the likes of depth wideouts Tre'Quan Smith, Cameron Meredith and Austin Carr, who have combined for less than 100 receiving yards and only 14 targets between them over the last three games.

QDez Bryant
WR FA
8 months ago

Bryant and the Saints remain in negotiations on a contract after the wideout worked for the team Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Though Bryant went home without a deal, he and his representatives remain in communication with the Saints, with "all signs" pointing to the 30-year-old eventually landing in New Orleans. Given his status as a three-time Pro Bowler, Bryant presumably has more leverage than most street free agents in negotiations, though any contract he might sign would likely only be for the remainder of this season. If both player and team are eventually able to put pen to paper, Bryant could quickly push for a spot in the starting ranks alongside No. 1 wideout Michael Thomas. The Saints' remaining healthy depth options at receiver -- Tre'Quan Smith, Cameron Meredith and Austin Carr -- have combined for just eight receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown on 14 targets over the past three games.