It will be interesting to see how the rest of Bryant's season goes with the Saints.
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. But things have been more hit-and-miss behind Thomas, with Ted Ginn (knee) out for the season while Tre'Quan Smith contributes some and Cameron Meredith has now gone catchless in three straight games.
Bryant could not have landed with a better team.
The 30-year-old Bryant spent his first eight years in the National Football League with Dallas and last season caught 69 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns, including a 50-yard scoring play, for the Cowboys. From the people who love this game, who've played, they can understand that about it being somewhat harder for other people to figure that out.
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett told reporters that Bryant will be a good fit in the Crescent City. "Really happy for him and that opportunity", he said. "I also don't know what's transpired with him personally since that situation". He's done such a great job for this organization and been an impact player in this league over the course of his eight years playing.
"I don't know how much carryover there will be from what he had in Dallas - it's probably not a lot - so that's a process". Seems like a real good opportunity for him.
Led by the record-setting Brees, the Saints rank seventh on offence overall, averaging 402.2 yards per game, and seventh in passing, averaging 289.9 yards. "It was more so knowing a guy like that is out there, and there might come a time when we could need a guy like that". 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.
For a player with 531 career receptions for 7,459 yards receiving and 73 touchdowns in eight seasons with the Cowboys, that scenario works in the Saints' favor. Bryant worked out for the Saints along with Brandon Marshall and Kamara Aiken earlier in the week but left New Orleans without a contract.