The Jaguars declined Bryan's 2022 team option Monday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. Bryan is now set to become a free agent when his rookie deal expires after the upcoming season. The No. 29 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft has struggled to break into a full-time role along the Jaguars' defensive line through his first three seasons in the league. He appeared in all 16 games for Jacksonville in 2020, but he was on the field for 46 percent of the defensive snaps and produced 18 tackles (10 solo) and 0.5 sacks.
Bryan (knee) is not listed on Jacksonville's injury report. Bryan was previously described as week-to-week, but his absence from Wednesday's injury report suggests the 2018 first-rounder should be good to go for Sunday's season opener against the Colts.
Bryan (knee) has been dealing with a bone bruise he suffered in practice last Saturday and is week-to-week as a result, John Oehser of the team's official site reports. The 2018 first-round selection will play an integral role on the Jaguars' defensive line given the departures of Al Woods (COVID-19 opt-out) and Rodney Gunter (retired) this offseason. In 16 games last season, Bryan recorded 33 tackles (18 solo), two sacks and a forced fumble.
Bryan suffered a knee injury during Tuesday's practice, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports. The nature and severity of Bryan's injury remains undisclosed at this time, though Reid notes that he remains out. The 2018 first-round pick could have the opportunity to take a step forward if healthy in 2020, after having played a rotational role to this point in his career.
Bryan had four tackles (three solo), a sack and a forced fumble in Sunday's win over the Colts. The 2018 first-round pick started eight of the final nine games of the season in place of Marcell Dareus (abdomen) and finished 2019 with 33 tackles (18 solo), two sacks and one forced fumble. Dareus has a club option for 2020 and fellow starter at defensive tackle Abry Jones is also under contract, so Bryan could return to a rotational role next season.
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