Bucsblitz.com Insider: Antonio Bryant

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Bryant is having a resurgent season. But just how good is it? Bucsblitz.com takes you inside the numbers, most of which are only available to the media, to give you a clear picture of Bryant's worth to the Buccaneers' 5-3 start.

After missing all of the 2007 season, WR Antonio Bryant has contributed to the 2008 Buccaneers offense in a big way.

Bryant currently leads the team with 37 receptions for 451 yards (12.2 avg.) and one touchdown as he has recorded two 100- yard receiving games. He has also led the team in receptions and receiving yards in five of the team's first eight games.

In the overtime victory at Chicago (9/21), Bryant caught a team leading and careerhigh 10 receptions for 138 yards. It was his highest receiving output since he had 170 receiving yards at Washington (12/29/02) in his rookie season with Dallas.

Bryant was QB Brian Griese's go-to-guy in the game tying and game winning overtime drives as the two hooked up each drive on passes that brought the Bucs inside the 10-yard line, including a season long 38-yard reception to set up the game winning field goal.

In Week 7 vs. Seattle, Bryant recorded a game-high six receptions for 115 yards and one touchdown. QB Jeff Garcia hooked up with Bryant on a 47-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. It was Bryant's first touchdown as a Buccaneer and it was the longest passing play for the offense this season. His combination of size and speed make him a threat in all aspects of the game and someone that opposing defenses must focus on.

Bryant is re-establishing himself as one of the premier receivers in the NFL. He ranks tied for eighth in the NFC with 37 receptions and tied for 13th in the NFC with 451 receiving yards. Bryant has also been helping move the chains on third down, racking up 11 third-down receptions, which is tied for 12th most in the NFL.

2008 NFL RECEPTION LEADERS

Rank Player Team Rec.

1. Jason Witten Dallas 46

2. Larry Fitzgerald Arizona 43

2. Roddy White Atlanta 43

4. Santana Moss Washington 42

4. Reggie Bush New Orleans 42

6. Chris Cooley Washington 40

7. Lance Moore New Orleans 38

8. Antonio Bryant Tampa Bay 37

8. Steve Breaston Arizona 37

8. Greg Jennings Green Bay 37

8. Muhsin Muhammad Carolina 37

2008 NFL THIRD-DOWN RECEPTION LEADERS

Rank Player Team Rec.

1. T.J. Houshmandzadeh Cincinnati 20

1. Jason Witten Dallas 20

3. Greg Jennings Green Bay 14

3. Roddy White Atlanta 14

5. Dwayne Bowe Kansas City 13

5. Jericho Cotchery N.Y. Jets 13

5. Derrick Mason Baltimore 13

8. Anthony Gonzalez Indianapolis 12

8. Tony Gonzalez Kansas City 12

8. Steve Smith N.Y. Giants 12

8. Kevin Walter Houston 12

12. Antonio Bryant Tampa Bay 11

12. Vincent Jackson San Diego 11

12. Muhsin Muhammad Carolina 11

12. Jerious Norwood Atlanta 11

12. Chester Taylor Minnesota 11

12. Wes Welker New England 11


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