Dez Bryant Has Chosen His New Orleans Saints Jersey Number


"We'll take it one day at a time and see how much he can digest and give him parts to the plan and there's a third-down element, a red-zone element, a lot of different things that he provides versatility for".

The Dallas Cowboys did Dez Bryant no favors by cutting him as late as they did, and he lingered available through half a season. I think for any new guy coming in, especially a skill player, it's new verbiage.

But his production had been slipping in recent years as he battled foot and knee injuries; he had 69 catches for 838 yards and 6 touchdowns in 16 games played last year. From the people who love this game, who've played, they can understand that about it being somewhat harder for other people to figure that out. At the same time, New Orleans is without deep threat Ted Ginn Jr., who is now on injured reserve and won't be eligible to return until the final few weeks of the season, if he's ready by then.

Just last month, Bryant let it be known he would rather play for the Cowboys again than anywhere else. "It seems like a real good opportunity for him and I know it'll help their team". He joined fellow wideouts Brandon Marshall and Kamar Aiken in working out with the Saints on Tuesday. "I know it's important to him", Garrett said. "He's just another weapon in our system and we find ways to use everybody, and you can even include Taysom in that mix".

Not long after his release from Dallas, Bryant turned down a three-year contract offer from the Baltimore Ravens, according to several media outlets. Regardless of his status this weekend, Bryant will pile up enough reps over the next three weeks to be something close to top speed when he returns to the scene of some of his greatest heroics.

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"They're getting a great receiver", running back Ezekiel Elliott said. "He's definitely a special player and I'm glad he got picked up and I'm glad something worked out for him". In Week 13, Dez will be returning to Dallas when the Cowboys host the Saints.

"They're getting a great receiver".

In New Orleans, Bryant will likely be a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver along with promising rookie Tre'Quan Smith, who posted 11 catches for 196 yards and 3 touchdowns over the past four games after Ginn was injured.

We'll see if Bryant is in game shape and how quickly he can pick up the Saints playbook.