But several of them, including wide receiver Cole Beasley and linebacker Jaylon Smith, wished Bryant well on Twitter earlier in the day. Instead, he'll give the incredibly accurate Drew Brees a huge target that will complement Thomas and keep the running game open for Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram. He's now playing with one of the league's best quarterbacks and for one its brightest minds. Trading for Eli Apple, a former first-round draft pick, has given them stability on the boundary opposite of Marshon Lattimore.
Bryant spent his first eight years in the National Football League in Dallas. His 7,459 career receiving yards rank fifth in team history. He previously met with the Browns and Ravens. He openly flirted with the Patriots, though it's unclear if New England was crushing on him, too.
The Saints understand that they are going to need any and every edge they can get throughout the rest of the season, and Dez Bryant pushes that red zone percentage even higher in all likelihood. "We worked out some players yesterday, which we do every week".
Last season was Bryant's best since he caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards and 16 TDs in 2014, which at the time was his third consecutive season with at least 1,200 yards receiving. Although he'll take a backseat to Thomas, there's a major opportunity due to the lack of depth at receiver on the Saints now. Richard Sherman certainly seems to like the signing for New Orleans.
New Orleans also has two games remaining against division rival Carolina (6-2). Similarly, the team understood that a solid defense could key on Thomas in the postseason and leave them fighting with one hand. But let's sit back and enjoy the fact that, before we get to January, we'll be treated to a Week 13, nationally televised game where the Saints travel to Dallas to play the Cowboys. Jason Garrett and Scott Linehan didn't do almost enough to aid Bryant with the tactics we've covered here, even after it became abundantly clear that he needed that help.