He managed 11 tackles and zero sacks in 2016, quite underwhelming, but for a reserve player there’s not much in terms of expectations.
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Despite his lackluster stats in 2016, he did have a fairly impressive 2015 with 45 tackles. This could be an anomaly but heck, who knows, he could be a quality tackle just waiting for the right opportunity.
The G-Men bolstered an 11-5 record in 2016, so Bryant will be joining a team on the up-and-up, something that may incline him to put in maximum effort.
He was only signed a one-year deal so it’s possible the Giants cut ties with him during training camp if they don’t like what they see, considering they also have Robert Thomas and Jay Bromley as backups.
What Bryant does bring to the table is experience and a veteran presence on a line that presents a plethora of youth.
With second-round pick Dalvin Tomlinson expected to contribute as a starter immediately, it leaves the reserve DT position up in the air, and will surely create some competition among Bromley, Thomas and now Bryant.
WHO THE GIANTS RELEASED:
Big Blue released center Kahled Holmes to open up a roster spot for Bryant. Not a bad move considering they have Weston Richburg, Adam Gettis and Brett Jones who can all perform at center.
At 29 years old, Bryant will be looking to cash in next season as a veteran, but if he cannot claim the reserve DT position for the Giants his future in the NFL will become very cloudy.