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Old 09-11-2018, 08:36 PM
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ALAMEDA, Calif. — Martavis Bryant, the ex-Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver traded for a third-round draft pick and released by Oakland at the cutdown to 53 players, returned to the Raiders on Tuesday, with sources confirming reports that originated with the NFL Network.

According to another NFL Network report, Bryant signed to one-year contract and could play as soon as Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
Bryant told Pittsburgh-based ESPN reporter Jeremy Fowler he was pleased to be back, saying he was “thankful for the opportunity to take care of his family.” Bryant was with the Steelers from 2014-17.

When Bryant was released, coach Jon Gruden and general manager Reggie McKenzie said it was for “competitive” reasons and not because of a looming yearlong drug suspension from the league for violation of the policy on substance abuse.

As recently as Sunday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Bryant was facing a yearlong suspension.

The first weekend of the season passed without the NFL announcing a suspension, leaving open the possibility Bryant had won his case on appeal.

Regardless, Bryant would be eligible to play until discipline is imposed.

The Raiders never acknowledged persistent reports about the possible suspension. Bryant has already been suspended twice for substance abuse issues. He missed four games in 2015 and spent time at a rehabilitation center and missed the entire 2016 season for a second offense.

After being reinstated, Bryant caught 50 passes for 603 yards and three touchdowns for the Steelers last season. The Raiders traded a third-round pick, No. 79 overall, to acquire Bryant on April 26.

“We expected more from him … some other players outperformed him,” Gruden said nine days ago. “He missed extended amounts of time.”

Bryant missed practice time during training camp with what the Raiders called “headaches.” The absences led to Gruden referring to Bryant on one occasion as the “white tiger” because of how rare it was to see him on the field.

Still, Gruden talked about Bryant’s speed and called him “a superb talent” and said “Perhaps we can get Martavis again next year and we can get the best out of him.”

The Raiders have not confirmed Bryant’s return.
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Old 09-14-2018, 03:52 PM
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He showed flashes of a WR1 with the Steelers, but off the field trouble and minor injuries kept that at bay.

I think Gruden is in desperation mode right now. Which is funny because it was only one game, and against a team that many feel could make the Super Bowl. But it seems like he has rabbit ears, and clearly he's feeling the heat of the Mack trade (what critics of the trade are saying, anyway) and saw what little chemistry Carr and Cooper have now.
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Old 09-14-2018, 05:39 PM
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I'm surprised they didn't throw money at Dez...
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Old 09-14-2018, 10:33 PM
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Carr and Cooper we're taking extra time outside of practice running routes and developing their timing. It was paying off his rookie year. Cooper torched us his rookie season for big plays. It's disappointing for the Raider fans that he hasn't taken that next step as a player. Lots of season left maybe Gruden will dial up some plays to take advantage of his talents.
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He showed flashes of a WR1 with the Steelers, but off the field trouble and minor injuries kept that at bay.

I think Gruden is in desperation mode right now. Which is funny because it was only one game, and against a team that many feel could make the Super Bowl. But it seems like he has rabbit ears, and clearly he's feeling the heat of the Mack trade (what critics of the trade are saying, anyway) and saw what little chemistry Carr and Cooper have now.
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Old 09-15-2018, 04:54 AM
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You want his head not right. Drug violations, I had also heard he struggled with the raider playbook this summer. I say you want his head not right because I watched him each week in Pitt.

He's a dangerous character when he is right. Catches and fast. He's insane in the open field after a catch.
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