Raiders “feel good” about giving Martavis Bryant an opportunity

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When Raiders head coach Jon Gruden spoke about the team’s decision to sign cornerback Daryl Worley this week, he said that the team felt Worley deserved another chance in the wake of the arrest that led the Eagles to release him.

The Raiders added another player with a checkered off-field history on Thursday when they traded a third-round pick to Pittsburgh for wide receiver Martavis Bryant. Bryant’s size and speed make him what General Manager Reggie McKenzie called an “ideal” receiver for the Raiders offense and McKenzie said that Bryant’s one-year suspension in 2016 did not give them pause about bringing him to the team.

“When we talk about character, we’re not going to condemn them,” McKenzie said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “We’re not going to nail them for life, so to speak, if we see some semblance of — whether it’s remorse or whether it’s getting on the right path — when we talk to the guy. We talked to Worley, we feel good about bringing him in. And we feel good about giving Martavis an opportunity. And we think with our resources, we can help him.”

With Amari Cooper and Jordy Nelson coming off rough seasons and Bryant getting the trade he sought last year, the Raiders receiving corps has a chance to be filled with redemption songs in 2018.

30 responses to “Raiders “feel good” about giving Martavis Bryant an opportunity

  1. The Raiders might end up being great. Or they may end up being this years best dumpster fire. I have a feeling there won’t be anything between those two points with Gruden at the helm, and the roster character they’re going with.

  2. This guy is a great WR. He’s hard to cover with one DB. So is Amari Cooper. If you ignore Jordy Nelson, he’ll beat you too. The next time you see Derek Carr, he’ll have a big smile on his face. Probably the time after that, too.

  3. clavette says:
    April 27, 2018 at 7:30 am
    A 3rd round pick?? Really?

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    Dopey Steelers fans were claiming yesterday that he would garner no less than a 1st rounder or two 2nd rounders!

  4. Weird, cause the guy that couldn’t get the ball to the WR’s last year is still at the helm. But yes, fix the guys who aren’t the problem.

    The raider way, living at the bottom of the AFC West for 15 years and counting.

  5. I think this is a good pickup for the Raiders and I think a 3rd is adequate and right compensation. He’s no Antonio Brown, but he can be a beast.

  6. This dopey Steelers fan was certain that the Steelers would get a 4th or 5th at best. 3rd round pick is a bit generous for a guy one strike away from banishment. It’s all good though because the Steelers drafted a guy in the first round who they probably could have gotten with the 3rd pick they acquired. Oh well.

  7. He’s a Raiders type player. One step away from living under a bridge somewhere. Real High Character guy.

  8. I guess this trade was supposed to make Raider fans like myself forget about the horrible 1st round draft pick Kolten Miller….

    A WR on the last year of his contract one step away from a life-time ban. Leaving out a drug suspension. I bet he doesn’t even last the year. Chucky will either bench, suspend or cut him. I can’t wait until he starts yelling about not getting enough passes thrown his way. Or how he’s better then Cooper (like he did with Juju)…

    No team was going to offer anything close to a 3 for him. If the Raiders waited he would have come cheaper. Pittsburg might have even cut him….

  9. “I guess this trade was supposed to make Raider fans like myself forget about the horrible 1st round draft pick Kolten Miller…”

    The Ravens were supposedly interested in him at 16, many scouts project him to have a franchise LT skillset. Unless he is God in camp I’d bet he starts at RT this year, then takes over for Penn when (if) he is ready (filling an immediate and long term need). Conceptually, I love the pick.

  10. I’m giving MB benefit of the doubt that he can stay on the straight and narrow.

    His problem in Pittsburgh is that they have a Pro Bowl receiver, a second round phenom from last year who was the youngest player in the NFL at the time, a running back they throw to more than some teams throw to WRs and tight ends who get the ball.

    MB is trying to make up for having his draft stock plummet because of his past and losing a full year……….he could be an UFA had he not lost a year.

    Was not happy with all that in PGH….so move might be good for all.

  11. @suckerfree9rs415

    They Raiders never got a chance to use their resources to help Aldon Smith because they weren’t allowed to have any contact with him.

  12. time will tell, but you moved down from the 10th spot where there were plenty of starters for defense to settle on a project for Tom Cable who might not not even have the ability to develop him. Plus we already signed UFA Giacomini to start at RT- Vea,Payne,Fitzpatrick,or James would have started….Miller we will see…Now we also get a WR who is free agent at the end of this year, along with Mack, Cooper, and pretty much every free agent we signed, and also about 35 other guys….

  13. i have no idea what the Raiders are doing. All their moves since Gruden came on board look ridiculous. Trading a 3rd for a malcontent(on a good team, good qb and great franchise) who is on a contract year is not smart long term. you give up the chance at picking a good young player on a rookie deal for this rental? Cannot spin this positively.

  14. I love the trade on paper.

    I just hope “our resources to help him” are not the same “resources” that helped Aldon Smith.

  15. nhpats says:
    Dopey Steelers fans were claiming yesterday that he would garner no less than a 1st rounder or two 2nd rounders!

    The supposed “dopey” fans you are referring to didn’t know his contract situation. He was clearly gone after this yr – besides the fact that JuJu has blown past him on the depth chart. If Belichick had MB & got 3rd rd pick, Pats fanboys would be crowing about how BB is such a genius.

  16. jbaxt says:

    April 27, 2018 at 8:24 am

    Weird, cause the guy that couldn’t get the ball to the WR’s last year is still at the helm. But yes, fix the guys who aren’t the problem.

    The raider way, living at the bottom of the AFC West for 15 years and counting.
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    Terrible OC plus QB had a broken back.. They’ll be fine… You should worry!

  17. marcsasharc says:

    April 27, 2018 at 11:56 am

    i have no idea what the Raiders are doing. All their moves since Gruden came on board look ridiculous. Trading a 3rd for a malcontent(on a good team, good qb and great franchise) who is on a contract year is not smart long term. you give up the chance at picking a good young player on a rookie deal for this rental? Cannot spin this positively.
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    It was a free 3rd round pick from letting Arizona move into the 10th spot… If he’s off the weed, BIG IF!, trade looks good!

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