He Could Bridge the Gap to 2019
As I said, a one-year deal is the best option for both the Jaguars and Bryant. It’s unlikely either side would want to commit to more than that at this point anyway. After all, Marqise Lee will return from injury in 2019 and could be poised to take back the role that Bryant would fill if he were to sign with Jacksonville.
In addition to Lee’s return, Keelan Cole and Dede Westbrook will enter their third NFL seasons in 2019 and second-round draft pick D.J. Chark will be coming off what the team hopes will be a promising rookie campaign. Thus, it makes even more sense to sign Bryant to a short-term contract as the Jaguars attempt to bridge the gap to 2019.
While another 1,000-yard season is possible, Jacksonville might not even need that level of production from Bryant. The Jaguars have some solid secondary receivers who could be on track for even better 2018 seasons, so even something in the ballpark of 50 catches, 800 yards and six TDs would be mighty helpful.
If signed, Bryant would immediately become the No. 1 receiver on the Jaguars’ depth chart. His presence would force opposing teams to game plan for him, opening the door for others to step up.
It’s time for Jacksonville to give Bryant a call before another team sweeps him up. Wideouts like him don’t just grow on trees.