Bryant caught all four of his targets for 30 yards in Sunday's 20-19 loss to Denver.
Bryant made a 16-yard catch at the start of the second quarter that would end up as his big gain of the day. Still, the four targets were good for a share of second on the team with Jordy Nelson and Jared Cook. The Clemson product likely will depend on long plays in order to make an impact and therefore be a high-risk, high-reward option Week 3 at Miami.
Bryant, who re-signed with Oakland on Tuesday after being released at the conclusion of the preseason, is expected to have his appeal heard within the next couple of weeks. Though the track record of players winning their appeals from the league office isn't a promising one, Bryant's camp remains confident in the wideout's chances, which may have influenced the Raiders to bring him back on the 53-man roster. The 26-year-old is expected to make his 2018 debut Sunday in Denver, providing the team with a downfield threat to complement top wideouts Amari Cooper and Jordy Nelson and tight end Jared Cook.
Gruden declined to comment on rumors of an impending suspension for Bryant, something that likely played a big role in the decision to release the wideout at the end of the preseason. The Raiders re-signed the 26-year-old Tuesday, perhaps hoping he can provide a downfield threat while he gets the potential suspension sorted out with the league. Assuming Gruden elects to make him active in Week 2, Bryant may be limited to a small role as the team's fourth or fifth wideout.
With Bryant reportedly facing another suspension for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, the Raiders decided to cut ties four months after they traded a third-round pick to acquire him. It sounds like the 26-year-old wideout plans to appeal what figures to be an indefinite suspension. The Raiders will move forward with Seth Roberts as their No. 3 wide receiver behind Amari Cooper and Jordy Nelson.
Bryant reportedly has a pending appeal of a drug suspension from the NFL. Given his lengthy history in the league's substance abuse program, any kind of infraction could lead to an indefinite ban. It doesn't help that Bryant struggled throughout training camp and the preseason, with multiple reports suggesting he had a hard time learning Jon Gruden's offense. The Raiders appear to have flushed a third-down pick down the drain with their April trade for the 26-year-old wideout.
|Bye: Week 7|
|9||11/1/18||@ SF||8:20 pm|
|11||11/18/18||@ ARI||4:05 pm|
|12||11/25/18||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ KC||1:00 pm|
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