Saints, Dez Bryant working on contract, report says

Friday, 09 Nov, 2018

Bryant spent the majority of his career in Dallas playing on the outside, though he played more snaps than usual in the slot past year. Last season, the 30-year-old caught 69 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns for the Cowboys.

NFL Media notes that Bryant will wear No. 88 in New Orleans and report to the team's facility on Thursday after spending Wednesday in Dallas with his son.

After a long, drawn out season that has seen the Dallas franchise leader in career touchdown receptions flirt with several AFC teams, the free agent wide receiver has landed with an NFC foe, and one that has a serious history of giving the Cowboys headaches. "I don't know all the dynamics", Watson said.

The Saints also worked out veteran receivers Brandon Marshall and Kamar Aiken on Tuesday before making the deal with Bryant. But let's sit back and enjoy the fact that, before we get to January, we'll be treated to a Week 13, nationally televised game where the Saints travel to Dallas to play the Cowboys.

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By moving Bryant from the X-receiver position - the receiver who lines up on the line of scrimmage - the Saints will prevent teams from pressing him. He previously met with the Browns and Ravens. New Orleans ranks second in the National Football League in points per game with 34.9, trailing only the Kansas City Chiefs who are averaging 36.3. 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.

"I'm really happy for him and that opportunity", Garrett said, via USA Today. Like Colston, Bryant now struggles to separate from man coverage, but that issue is somewhat mitigated by his excellent ball skills, ability to outmuscle smaller corners (he'll see a ton of those in the slot!) and having Drew Brees, the league's most accurate quarterback, putting the ball in spots that make it easier to make those contested catches.

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.

New Orleans also has two games remaining against division rival Carolina (6-2).