Assuming he avoids discipline for another violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy, Martavis Bryant will get a fresh start with the Raiders. Traded to Oakland during the NFL Draft, Bryant figures to work as a deep-ball specialist with a sliver of a chance at being the team's No. 2 receiver if Jordy Nelson can't create sparks. Ultimately, Bryant's boom-or-bust nature will make him a weekly headache for Fantasy owners, and that's if he is on the field. Those are all the reasons you need for why you can't draft him with any semblance of confidence on Draft Day.
Bryant won't take the field Saturday versus the Rams, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Bryant was absent from drills most of the last week due to what was termed "really bad migraines," according to Vic Tafur of The Athletic Bay Area. Although he returned to drills Wednesday, Bryant is among a number of Raiders starts to get the day off Saturday. Expect Bryant to earn his busiest preseason run Friday against the Packers as the Raiders ramp up for the regular season.
Bryant (head) returned to practice Wednesday, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Bryant was held out of practice Monday and Tuesday while dealing with migraines, a condition he has been bothered by for years. He also missed one practice with an unspecified illness early in training camp, but he has otherwise been healthy since joining the Raiders in April. The 26-year-old likely will enter Week 1 as the team's No. 3 receiver, as his issues with learning the Oakland playbook seem to have prevented him from pushing Jordy Nelson for the No. 2 job.
Bryant is dealing with what are being described as "really bad migraines," Vic Tafur of The Athletic Bay Area reports. The wideout has now missed two straight practices with his migraines, which the report relays is a condition that he has contended with for years. For now, consider Bryant day-to-day and not subject to the NFL's concussion protocol.
Bryant (undisclosed) isn't practicing Monday, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Bryant was unavailable Aug. 1 due to an illness but has otherwise been a full practice participant ever since the Raiders traded for him in April. His reported struggles with coach Jon Gruden's verbose playbook have contributed to a disappointing training camp, with the Raiders even moving Ryan Switzer ahead of Bryant for the No. 3 receiver role during some practices. The former Steeler still has time to get up to speed and make the most of his immense talent, but the early struggles make it all the more worrisome that he's now missing practice time. Bryant's eventual role in the Oakland offense is still somewhat of a mystery.
Bryant is struggling to grasp the Oakland playbook during training camp, despite being limited to one spot in the offense, according to James Jones of NFL Network. Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is notorious for his complicated play calls, but there haven't been any reports about Amari Cooper nor Jordy Nelson having the same issues as Bryant, whose limitations have freed up some first-team reps for Ryan Switzer, per Gilbert Manzano of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. While his talent has never been questioned, Bryant could be restricted to a part-time role if he isn't comfortable with the Oakland playbook before the start of the regular season. Gruden was critical of the 26-year-old wideout this past weekend, stating that Bryant needs to play better and do a better job learning the offense. On a more positive note, Raiders wide receivers coach Edgar Bennett said that Wednesday was Bryant's best day of practice so far, according to Vic Tafur of The Athletic Bay Area.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||Los Angeles Rams||11||18.47|
|5||10/07||@Los Angeles Chargers||7||17.00|
|9||11/02||@San Francisco 49ers||23||20.38|
|10||11/11||Los Angeles Chargers||7||17.00|
|13||12/02||Kansas City Chiefs||30||23.35|
|17||12/30||@Kansas City Chiefs||30||23.35|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||59||33||456||3||18||13.82||65|