Oakland Doubles Down On Martavis Bryant, Re-Signs WR Days After Being Cut
Oakland’s initial decision to part ways with the former Pittsburgh Steelers weapon was possibly due to a suspension, the third of his career, pending appeal. At the helm of the Raiders’ offense, quarterback Derek Carr showed support for the trialed pass-catcher.
“I think that with us, we can be there for him, help him with whatever he needs,” said Carr. “And he can help us win football games.”
Head coach Jon Gruden also spoke positively of Bryant re-signing, despite earlier claims that the receiver’s performance was surpassed while still in camp.
“As I said when we made the trade to get him, when he’s right, he can be a difference-maker,” Gruden said.
Bryant’s services were traded from Pittsburgh for the 79th overall pick in the 2018 draft, which yielded a minimal return for the Raiders. Carr is positive a speedy six-foot-four weapon will have an impact from the start.
“Teams can try to play certain coverages with him, but he’s so fast it doesn’t matter,” Carr said. “You make one false step, he can be gone like that.”
The game-breaking speed of Bryant will join a veteran wideout corps. in Oakland, headed by Amari Cooper, Seth Roberts, and new addition Jordy Nelson. They hope for a recovery from their pedestrian performance in week one, a loss to the Los Angeles Rams at home when they take on the Broncos (1-0) in Denver this Sunday.