It’s been a long time since wide receiver Martavis Bryant has been in the NFL. In fact, he hasn’t played in a game since the Raiders were in Oakland, California in 2018.
He was suspended indefinitely by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in 2018 but was recently reinstated, according to A November 6th X post by Dianna Russini of The Athletic. The reporter also added that Bryant is training with the Dallas Cowboys.
Bryant was suspended for violating the terms of his conditional reinstatement after previously being suspended for violating the league’s drug policy. As a player who was suspended several times, the NFL did not show much interest in lifting the suspension for a long time.
Now that it’s been five years and Bryant is no longer struggling, the league is willing to give him another chance. The Cowboys have struggled to get production from their wide receivers as CeeDee Lamb is the only wide receiver over 250 receiving yards (824).
Dallas was unable to add a wide receiver at the trade deadline, which is likely why they are interested in Bryant.
Does Martavis Bryant still have juice left in the tank?
Martavis Bryant is now 31 years old and has not played a single game in NFL football since November 2018. Before he was banned, he was known for his ability as a dangerous player. He is average 15.1 yards per reception over the course of his career. Before entering the NFL, he ran a 4.42 40-yard dash, but it remains to be seen if he still has that speed.
In eight games with the Raiders in 2018, he had just 19 catches for 266 yards. He most recently played for the Vegas Vipers of the XFL, where he also played 14 catches for 154 yards. There’s no harm in taking a look at him for a team like the Cowboys, but it’s hard to see what further upside Bryant could have. His career high for yards in a season was 765 in 2015.
Even in his prime, he was a good No. 3 wide receiver. Now that he’s been out of the NFL for so long, it’s hard to imagine he’ll be better than a decent No. 4 wide receiver.
Davante Adams talks about the lack of goals
The Raiders earned a controversial 30-6 victory over the New York Giants in Week 9, but star wide receiver Davante Adams wasn’t too involved. He only had four catches for 34 yards. He has expressed frustration with how little he has been involved in the offense at points this season, but he changed his mind after the Giants’ win.
He had no complaints about how he was used in Week 9 considering the Raiders dominated.
“I knew this would happen” Adams said during his postgame media availability on Nov. 5. “It’s like I said, it depends on what it looks like, and it looks the way it’s supposed to look out there. We weren’t perfect by any means, but we were able to run the ball and do the things we’ve wanted to do since I’ve been here. One way or another we figured it out. I’m not worried about that. Like I said, everything else will take care of itself.”
Austin Boyd has been reporting on the Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Lakers for Heavy.com since 2019. Born and raised in Los Angeles, his work on Heavy includes interviews with NFL stars Darren Waller and Joe Montana, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at “The Business.” More about Austin Boyd
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