METAIRIE, La. — Dez Bryant acknowledged he’ll leave it as a lot as Sean Payton whether or no longer he performs on Sunday. Nevertheless the Contemporary Orleans Saints‘ fresh receiver acknowledged “that’s what we’re engaged on” after he done his first observe with the crew on Thursday.
“No topic he has for me, I receive myself tantalizing for it,” acknowledged Bryant, who hadn’t been with a crew since the Dallas Cowboys released him in April.
“It was once factual,” Bryant acknowledged of his first observe. “Honest knocking a limited bit bit of the rust off, however it completely was once factual.”
Bryant, who modified into 30 on Sunday, acknowledged he had been working out and getting his body and mind factual all season — however he also acknowledged that he was once ” getting ready for the following year” earlier than he obtained the call from Payton to shut support audition in Contemporary Orleans.
“Honest lot of americaand downs,” Bryant acknowledged when requested to describe the past two months. “Desirous to play soccer, taking half in soccer.”
Bryant acknowledged he had modified into down diverse alternatives to work out this season — with out offering any specifics. And he had reportedly modified into down no longer lower than one multiyear contract offer one day of the offseason.
When requested what made this venture diverse, Bryant acknowledged, “For one, who wouldn’t want to play with Drew Brees?”
“No longer getting rid of from no one else, however you obtained a man fancy Drew Brees. [And] you obtained a man fancy Michael Thomas, [Benjamin] Watson, Alvin Kamara, Tag Ingram, you obtained those kinds of fellows — limited toddler GOATs around right here,” acknowledged Bryant, who would perchance be joining a 7-1 Saints crew that has obtained seven straight video games and ranks 2d within the NFL in scoring.
The Saints were skinny on the receiver procure 22 situation within the support of Thomas, even supposing. They placed receiver Cameron Meredith on injured reserve Thursday after placing receiver Ted Ginn Jr. on IR ideal month.
Thomas, for one, is pondering the belief that of taking half in alongside a 3-time Skilled Bowl receiver whom he acknowledged he has been watching for years.
Thomas acknowledged he was once selecting Bryant’s brain on Thursday — factual as Bryant was once completely doing the identical with Thomas as he gets acclimated to a brand fresh offense.
“It be a blessing. I guess when I picked up that cellular phone and made that call, it was once God answering my prayers,” Thomas suggested newshounds — a reference to Thomas’ touchdown celebration from this past Sunday. “He is a man about winning and interested for a fresh launch. It be chilly to are expecting.
“We’re factual attempting to wait on him receive support to the Dez Bryant we know he is.”
Bryant’s manufacturing had started to taper off a limited in Dallas in fresh years, partly resulting from nagging injuries. He caught factual sixty nine passes for 838 yards and 6 touchdowns in a full Sixteen-sport season in 2017.
The Cowboys released him in April earlier than he was once due $12.5 million this year — partly resulting from his manufacturing and partly resulting from a “fiery” personality that government vp Stephen Jones acknowledged would possibly additionally merely be “a distraction” — particularly when it got right here to the pattern of young quarterback Dak Prescott.
Bryant acknowledged this summer season in a tweet that was once later deleted that he was once being worn as a “scapegoat” and acknowledged the crew’s venture was once “rubbish ass playcalling.” He also identified as Cowboys owner Jerry Jones “clueless” and blamed his free up on veterans Travis Frederick and Sean Lee, whom he known as a “snake.”
Quickly after, Bryant tweeted several times that he holds no bitterness or enrage in the direction of the Cowboys.
When requested Thursday if he thinks he’ll assimilate in a brand fresh locker room, Bryant acknowledged, “Pointless to claim.”
“I am repeatedly gonna be me, you know, who I am. I am no longer a gross man. I’ve repeatedly been a factual man. You would possibly well are expecting of my teammates — my ex-teammates — how I am,” Bryant acknowledged. “I treasure the locker room. It be fancy family. Each locker room that I’ve been in from heart college, excessive college, college to the professionals, it be repeatedly been fancy a family. You’ve got a pure bond. It be bigger than factual being within the locker room, it be birth air of it too.”
Bryant acknowledged he does no longer feel fancy he has one thing to expose after the model issues ended in Dallas.
“On no story, under no circumstances. That chapter’s closed, that’s one thing I needed to settle for. I popular that and moved on,” Bryant acknowledged. “I am right here with the Contemporary Orleans Saints, I am a Saint now, I am pondering that, and I am looking ahead to transferring on with these guys.”
And when requested if this can also very well be emotional for him when the Saints play at Dallas on Thursday evening, Nov. 29, Bryant acknowledged, “You know, I in fact dangle no belief. I dangle no belief. Nevertheless I am gonna be angry. I will receive to are expecting the total Cowboys fans. You know I restful treasure those guys. I treasure my ex-teammates, they’re my family. Nevertheless I am right here on a brand fresh chapter. It be gonna be fun, however I am the opponent now.”