IRDez Bryant
WR NO (6)
1 month 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.

IRDez Bryant
WR NO (6)
1 month 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.

IRDez Bryant
WR NO (6)
1 month 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.

IRDez Bryant
WR NO (6)
1 month 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

IRDez Bryant
WR NO (6)
1 month 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.

IRDez Bryant
WR NO (6)
1 month 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.

IRDez Bryant
WR NO (6)
1 month 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.

IRDez Bryant
WR NO (6)
1 month 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.

IRDez Bryant
WR NO (6)
1 month ago

Bryant is scheduled to work out for the Saints on Tuesday, Jane Slater of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Since being cut by the Cowboys in April, Bryant has indicated on multiple occasions that he was on the cusp of finding work, but the 30-year-old has remained unsigned deep into the regular season. Bryant has been presumably kept himself in shape with the hope of landing with a team, so New Orleans will take a cursory look as the team aims to upgrade its wideout corps. Since Ted Ginn (knee) was placed on injured reserve Oct. 18, rookie Tre'Quan Smith has moved into the starting lineup while Cameron Meredith and Austin Carr have maintained roles in three- and four-receiver sets, but none of the three have offered meaningful production on a week-to-week basis. If Bryant shows well in his workout, the Saints could add him to the roster and see if he can provide an upgrade over the team's existing secondary passing-game options behind top receiver Michael Thomas and running back Alvin Kamara.

IRDez Bryant
WR NO (6)
3 months ago

In response to a question posed to Bryant via Twitter pertaining to when he might sign with a new team, the wideout tweeted "soon," UPI.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

In the midst of Week 4, Bryant -- who the Cowboys released back in mid-April -- remains without a team and with no known current offers. That said, as injuries build up around the league, it's conceivable that wideout-hungry squads may reach out to Bryant. In the event that he does catch on with a new team, he'd have to get up to speed with an unfamiliar playbook, as well as establish that he's in game shape. While fantasy relevance this season can't be ruled out for Bryant, such a potential outcome is far from imminent at this stage.