WR Antonio Bryant - Free Agent

6-1, 192Born: 3-9-1981College: PittsburghDrafted: Round 2, pick

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2009 Week 1 vs DAL (5 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)

Bryant looked healthy on his catch and run, and got behind the defense a few times, but Byron Leftwich couldn't hit him. Bryant apparently hurt his surgically repaired knee in the fourth quarter, so stay tuned for injury updates this week.

2009 Week 3 vs NYG (4 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Bryant did play, and even got a couple of targets (including one in the red zone), but he dropped the one catchable target he got. We didn't really have a chance to see how his knee responded because the Bucs offense spent so little time on the field.

2009 Week 4 vs WAS (5 / 4 / 44 / 1 rec)

Bryant only got a few targets, but he made the most of them. His touchdown catch was a sprawling effort in the end zone on a ball thrown high and outside on purpose by Johnson. He also made a nice downfield catch and run in the first half for the Bucs biggest gain in the passing game. He seems to be healthy now. If the Bucs get some semblance of a passing game in place, he'll be safe to put in your lineup once again.

2009 Week 5 vs PHI (11 / 5 / 62 / 0 rec)

Antonio Bryant was healthy enough to start for Tampa Bay in Week 5, and he was certainly needed against a tough Philadelphia defense. Bryant started well with a solid slowly with a few catches that were under 10 yards each but in the second quarter he snared a nice 31-yard reception on a post corner route. Bryant went into halftime with 62 yards on nine targets but a few drops from QB Josh Johnson, and he barely showed up after intermission as he caught nothing on two tries. Bryant may need to work more with Johnson on timing after his recent health issues cost him practice time, but he still remains the top wide receiver for the Buccaneers.

2009 Week 6 vs CAR (3 / 2 / 37 / 0 rec)

Bryant made a hard fought 29 yard catch in tight coverage, but that would be the highlight of his day. He was only targeted 3 times in total.

2009 Week 7 vs NE (9 / 2 / 51 / 1 rec)

Despite the low catch total, Bryant looked awesome at times. If he had a more consistent QB, his numbers would likely be much better than they are. He made a beautiful over-the-shoulder TD catch in tight man coverage, but that would be the only highlight of his day. He also had to deal with tight coverage all day, and Johnson was usually unable to get him the ball. Bryant had one bad drop late in the third quarter, which would have converted a big third down in Patriots territory.

2009 Week 11 vs NO (6 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)

Bryant was back, and there were at least signs that he is no worse for the wear after two stints of struggles with his surgically-repaired knee. Bryant made an astounding spinning catch on a ball thrown behind him, and he got low to make another tough catch, but he also slipped on multiple routes, including one that led to an interception. With Freeman's arm and creativity, Bryant could be a nice sleeper to stash for the playoff run, as long as he can stay healthy.

2009 Week 12 vs ATL (4 / 3 / 91 / 1 rec)

Bryant seems to be completely over his knee injury. He got wide open in the deep middle, then got a step deep down the sidelines and adjusted perfectly to an underthrown deep ball to account for all 80 yards and a TD on a two play drive. Otherwise, Bryant was quiet with a drop and a short reception, but when his outbursts are this explosive, he doesn't need many targets to be a viable fantasy receiver once again.

2009 Week 13 vs CAR (11 / 5 / 116 / 0 rec)

Bryant's knee has to be 100%. He made three improbable catches at the sidelines, with terrific hands, body control, and field awareness. They included a one-handed catch inside the 10 and a spinning catch that had to be reviewed because it looked like there was no way he got both feet down... but he did. Bryant was the target on two of Freeman's red zone interceptions, but he wasn't open on either pass. Freeman overthrew Bryant the one time he did get open in the end zone, but obviously there is a good thing going between these two in terms of trust and Freeman just letting Bryant's talent take over. His value is almost back to where it was at the end of last season, and he is setting up to be a great value pick next year.

2009 Week 14 vs NYJ (6 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)

Freeman tried to force the ball to Bryant on his first interception and underthrew Bryant on his one deep target. Darrelle Revis deserves some of the credit for taking Bryant out of the game, but most of the blame is squarely on Freeman's shoulders.

2009 Week 15 vs SEA (5 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)

Bryant didn't seem to make much of a mark in this game. But he did snag one good clutch grab when not much was going right for the Bucs, and Josh Freeman was throwing a bit wild. Coincidentally or not, Freeman settled down after the catch, and the Bucs started scoring.

2009 Week 16 vs NO (8 / 5 / 52 / 0 rec)

Bryant had a drop and a poor route that caused an interception, but he also made some athletic catches and got open on a downfield route to key the Bucs drive that ended with Freeman's end zone interception. Bryant's most impressive catch was an elevation over Tracy Porter, who never turned to see the ball in flight. Bryant got open for a TD, but Freeman was under pressure and short-armed the ball, which was picked. If the Bucs bring him back in '10, Bryant and Freeman should be a nice combo.

2009 Week 17 vs ATL (9 / 2 / 15 / 1 rec)

Bryant was actually handled well by the Falcons in single coverage most of the day. He went one for two on end zone targets, one INT by Brent Grimes, and one catch when he outfought a Falcon for a 50/50 ball on a short fade. Josh Freeman seems to have a lot of trust in him, which could lead to big things if Bryant is a Buc next season.

2008 Week 1 vs NO (8 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec)

Antonio Bryant showed promise in his first game for Tampa Bay, catching three passes for 43 yards. While his totals didn't amount for much, it wasn't for lack of opportunity. QB Jeff Garcia looked Bryant's way nine times for the game, making the wideout his second most targeted receiver. Two of Bryant's targets came on third downs, and the Buccaneers attempted to get the ball to him on a few deep routes, so it looks like Garcia has developed some trust in Bryant.

2008 Week 2 vs ATL (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bryant was targeted three times but did not record a catch against the Falcons. His biggest contribution came as a blocker downfield on the Earnest Graham touchdown run.

2008 Week 3 vs CHI (18 / 10 / 138 / 0 rec)

Antonio Bryant was the main target in the passing game. There were many times that he was targeted and the Bears made a big hit or defensive play. However, Bryant was not targeted on any TDs. He was able to get yards after the catch all day. When the Buccaneers made it into the red zone it was like a blanket fell over Bryant. He might have been able to score on a few plays that were broken up.

2008 Week 4 vs GB (8 / 4 / 39 / 0 rec)

Targeted a team high nine times, Bryant finished the day with four catches that went for 39 yards. The wide out was the intended receiver on a couple of deep balls and though both fell incomplete, the wide out was able to draw a 33 yard pass interference penalty on the second deep pass. His long reception of the game came in the third quarter when he took a 17 yard reception to the Buccaneers 40 yard line.

2008 Week 5 vs DEN (10 / 7 / 58 / 0 rec)

Bryant was the most targeted Tampa Bay receiver with ten and he finished with seven receptions for 58 yards. He continued to be the most popular Buccaneers receiver target wise in the absence of Joey Galloway and four of his ten targets came on third down.

2008 Week 6 vs CAR (2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Bryant was targeted just twice and came down with one reception for 13 yards.

2008 Week 7 vs SEA (6 / 6 / 115 / 1 rec)

Bryant was a beast out there, running all different types of routes and catching all the balls thrown his way. He was well covered on a couple of the catches but managed to pull away with the ball. He caught a deep pass from Garcia for a 47 yard touchdown reception in the first quarter on the Buccaneers' first drive.

2008 Week 8 vs DAL (9 / 6 / 45 / 0 rec)

Antonio Bryant was an integral part of the offense as Tampa was getting out to an early six point lead. He was targeted five times on the first two series, catching four of the passes. He showed good hands and concentration, as he was usually well covered by a defender who would tackle him immediately. His longest reception was on a screen play during the opening drive, where he caught the ball behind the line of scrimmage and followed his blockers for a 12 yard gain. After his good first quarter he was rarely seen until the final stanza as Tampa was driving for a potential winning score. He caught two passes on the final drive, but was not able to convert either reception into a first down as he was well covered on both receptions.

2008 Week 9 vs KC (10 / 8 / 115 / 1 rec)

Bryant was the most targeted Buccaneer with ten looks for the game, and he finished with a productive eight catches for 115 yards and a 24 yard touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter. Bryant was targeted twice on third downs and five of his receptions resulted in first downs.

2008 Week 11 vs MIN (6 / 5 / 59 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)

Bryant was the most targeted Tampa Bay receiver with eight, and he finished with five receptions for 59 yards. He could have had a much bigger day, but had a 27 yard touchdown reception called back for a holding penalty. Bryant was also used on a reverse and gained nine yards on the play.

2008 Week 12 vs DET (6 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)

Bryant was targeted six times, twice on third downs, and finished with four receptions for 48 yards.

2008 Week 13 vs NO (10 / 3 / 63 / 1 rec, 1 / 13 / 0 rush)

Bryant was the most targeted Tampa Bay receiver, with ten looks, and he finished with three receptions for 63 yards that included a 39 yard touchdown reception. Seven of his targets came on third downs.

2008 Week 14 vs CAR (10 / 9 / 200 / 2 rec)

Bryant had a career game as he became only the second Tampa Bay player to have 200 yards receiving in one game. He had a very good first half by leading all receivers in the half with 78 yards. He made the longest play of the game when he caught a deep pass down the left sideline for 52 yards in the second quarter. He was pushed of bounds on the two yard line. Bryant burned CB Ken Lucus again early in the second half for a 50 yard touchdown. He actually had to come back for the pass that was underthrown and was able to run into the corner of the end zone for his first score of the game. Bryant put a double move on Lucus and was able to get wide open deep down the field on that play. He had another long catch on a route over the middle with a defender on his back for a 39 yard gain. Bryant then proceeded to throw the ball away from the official after the play and got a delay of game penalty. He would make an amazing one handed, diving catch late in the game for his second touchdown.

2008 Week 15 vs ATL (12 / 8 / 108 / 1 rec)

Antonio Bryant's hot play continued against the Falcons as he finished with eight receptions for 108 yards on 12 targets that included a touchdown reception from 20 yards out on Tampa Bay's first score of the game. At times, Bryant seemed to be impossible to cover for anyone in the Falcons secondary.

2008 Week 16 vs SD (10 / 6 / 127 / 1 rec)

It was a tale of two games in one for Bryant. He had about as bad a first half as he has had all season long, but he dominated thereafter. He fumbled the ball away to the Chargers on his very first reception, leading to a San Diego touchdown. He then dropped two of the next three passes thrown to him, both of which were very catchable passes. Then, through no fault of his own, he was overthrown on a deep ball in the end zone by QB Jeff Garcia. Bryant had shaken free of coverage and was wide open, but the pass was well beyond his reach. In the second half, however, Bryant came alive. He only caught two passes, but one of them went for a 71 yard touchdown. He got by the defense once again and this time Garcia connected with him. The ball actually hung up for quite some time as Bryant waited seemingly forever for the pass to land. Unfortunately, Garcia's next pass didn't hang up quite long enough. He again overthrew a wide open Bryant, who had gotten in behind the defense, for what would have been a 68 yard touchdown if the pass had been on-target. As it turned out, despite the long touchdown he did get, it was more of an afternoon of missed opportunities than anything else.

2008 Week 17 vs OAK (9 / 3 / 77 / 0 rec)

Bryant was targeted the most of any Tampa Bay receiver with ten, but was able to come down with just three receptions for 77 yards. He was able to gain separation on a number of plays, and was open on a few others where passes were not thrown his way, so Bryant could have had a much, much bigger game.

2006 Week 1 vs ARI (7 / 4 / 114 / 0 rec)

Bryant had a big game, but it could have been huge. He only saw the ball thrown his way three times in the first half, and he failed to make a catch. As the 49ers chased the game in the second half, Bryant became more involved. He had catches of 18, 25, 46 and 25 yards, all for first downs. The first was a great catch on an inaccurate pass. The second was another good catch but he fumbled the ball on the way to the ground and it wasn't called. After making the 46 yard reception, Bryant gave back 15 yards on a taunting call. His biggest play came on a 52 yard touchdown that was nullified due to a holding call. The ball flew 40 yards in the air and hit Bryant in stride. Bryant was targeted in the end zone on the 49ers' final drive, but the pass was broken up.

2006 Week 2 vs STL (8 / 4 / 131 / 1 rec)

The play of the game for the 49ers came on their second possession of the second half. Smith hit Bryant in stride on a pass and run of 72 yards for the go ahead touchdown. He showed flashes of his temperamental self, however, when a pass sailed well over his head in the first half, but Bryant is clearly the go to receiver with enough speed to stretch any defense.

2006 Week 3 vs PHI (9 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)

Bryant was targeted seven times in the passing game, and ended the game with four catches for 36 yards. However, several of the balls thrown his way were far off target. Bryant also had a long reception called back by a Michael Robinson holding penalty.

2006 Week 4 vs KC (6 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)

Bryant continues to be one of the favorite targets of Alex Smith. He unfortunately only caught two of the passes sent his way. He did not have much chance as the Kansas City defense gave little chance to Smith.

2006 Week 5 vs OAK (6 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)

Bryant continues to be QB Alex Smith's favorite target, but had a hard time connecting today. Bryant pulled in two short passes early moving the sticks, but when Smith zeroed in on Bryant on the second 49er possession it allowed the cornerback to jump the route and intercept the pass. Bryant's only other reception was short cross for a first down. His final target was a deep ball to the end zone. It was Smith's only deep attempt in the game.

2006 Week 6 vs SD (8 / 4 / 78 / 0 rec)

Life as the 49ers' number one receiver has been a struggle lately, but Bryant managed to grab four passes for 78 yards.

2006 Week 8 vs CHI (7 / 4 / 44 / 1 rec)

Bryant was San Francisco's most targeted wide receiver and led the team in receiving yards and receptions. He scored the 49ers only touchdown on a 16 yard post pattern in the fourth quarter. Trailing 34-0 in the second quarter, San Francisco attempted a fourth down and six play from the Chicago 44 yard line. Alex Smith hit Bryant with a perfect pass across the middle. However, Bryant struggled to hang on to the ball. He was credited with a 16 yard reception and a fumble. Ricky Manning, Jr. was credited with a fumble recovery on the play, but the football never hit the ground and probably should have been called an interception instead. Bryant could have had another nice reception. He dove for the ball and had it in his hands, but could not hold on.

2006 Week 9 vs MIN (5 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

Alex Smith's first three passes went in the direction of Bryant, including the first big play for the 49ers, a 22 yard reception to him. But he was shut the rest of the game with no more receptions and only two more targets thrown his way the remainder of the game.

2006 Week 10 vs DET (5 / 2 / 42 / 0 rec)

Bryant caught only two of the seven balls thrown his way for 42 yards. He did have a long toss go off his fingertips in the end zone.

2006 Week 11 vs SEA (3 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)

Bryant caught only two of five targets for 21 yards. Both TE Eric Johnson and WR Arnaz Battle were more productive in this game.

2006 Week 12 vs STL (7 / 2 / 53 / 0 rec)

He caught two passes for 53 yards but also nullified a 27 yard run by Frank Gore with a holding penalty. Bryant entered the game as the team's leading receiver with 546 yards on 31 catches, but his play has tailed off recently. Following last week's game he was arrested for suspicion of drunken driving, reckless driving, and resisting arrest, and it is unknown at this time what his future with the team may be.

2006 Week 13 vs NO (13 / 4 / 79 / 1 rec)

Bryant continued to be QB Alex Smith's favorite target, having 13 balls thrown his way. The 49ers attempted to stretch the field often with Bryant, including a flea flicker that was thrown into heavy coverage in the first quarter. He was targeted for 20 yards or more seven times, but he only caught one deep ball in the third quarter on a blown coverage by New Orleans. A wide open Bryant walked into the end zone for a 48 yard touchdown, but that would be his last catch of the game. Two of his three fourth quarter targets were intercepted as the Saints blanketed Bryant well all day. Bryant had two first quarter catches for ten yards and seven yards, followed by two more catches in the third quarter. Both of his catches in the third, a 14 yard catch and his touchdown, produced first downs.

2006 Week 14 vs GB (1 / 1 / 39 / 0 rec)

Bryant did not get the start due to disciplinary reasons, and failed to catch more than two passes for the fifth time in six games, a stretch for which he has 13 catches for 258 yards and one touchdown, and has gone eleven games without surpassing the hundred yard mark. Unless Bryant turns his inconsistent play around, he will fail to break the 50 reception or 1000 yard mark.

2006 Week 15 vs SEA (6 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Bryant had a quiet game, catching two passes for just 16 yards. After Seattle scored late in the game, however, he did recover the onside kick. He played the entire game, after sitting out the first half of the last game due to unspecified disciplinary reasons.

2005 Week 1 vs CIN (10 / 5 / 65 / 0 rec)

Bryant led the Browns in targets down the stretch of the 2004 season, and opened the 2005 season with a slight edge over Dennis Northcutt and Frisman Jackson in targets as well. No one guy established themselves in this offense, so this is a situation worth monitoring.

2005 Week 2 vs GB (5 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)

For the second straight week, Bryant led the team in targets (tied with Northcutt in Week 2), though he has not been the top wide receiver in terms of production in either week.

2005 Week 3 vs IND (10 / 7 / 75 / 0 rec)

Bryant was called for taunting for throwing the football in the face of a Colts' defender after his 19 yard reception. He caught seven of his ten passes and was the key to the passing game for the day. His emotional outburst cost the team 15 yards that the Browns didn't need to lose. Dilfer looked for Bryant throughout the game.

2005 Week 5 vs CHI (9 / 6 / 83 / 2 rec)

Bryant was called for offensive pass interference in the third quarter. Bryant was targeted deep but Dilfer overthrew him. Bryant made two touchdown receptions in the fourth quarter, one for 33 yards the second for 28 yards.

2005 Week 6 vs BAL (6 / 4 / 34 / 0 rec)

After his two touchdown performance in the fourth quarter a week ago, Bryant found the Ravens' secondary more challenging. He had very little time on most plays to get open, and as a result was targeted less this week than in previous weeks.

2005 Week 7 vs DET (4 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

Bryant finished the day with just one catch, but had two other catches taken away due to offensive penalties. Too often, Dilfer was looking to a well guarded Bryant, and the result of this was Dilfer's first interception on the afternoon, where he was passing to Bryant for the third straight play.

2005 Week 8 vs HOU (7 / 4 / 98 / 0 rec)

Bryant had the biggest play of the day with a 54 yard catch, but the focus of his day was a twenty yard touchdown reception which his toe was ruled to be on the white line. The near touchdown catch was reviewed, and the call on the field was correctly upheld for no catch. Bryant was the target of Trent Dilfer's first three passes, but seemed to disappear for parts of the afternoon, only to again become the focus in the fourth quarter.

2005 Week 9 vs TEN (7 / 3 / 79 / 0 rec)

Bryant provided an explosive target when he broke one free for 49 yards, though he finished with just two more catches for thirty yards on the day. He continues to be Dilfer's favorite target, though he was unable to put up a big day in the gusty wind conditions against the Titans.

2005 Week 10 vs PIT (11 / 5 / 82 / 1 rec)

Bryant got off to a rousing start with two catches and 44 yards on the opening drive, including a 35 yard bomb over CB Ricardo Colclough which helped set up Droughns' touchdown run. He only had three more receptions the rest of the way, but he was Dilfer's favorite target, especially on the deep routes. After fumbling away a 21 yard reception late in the third quarter and dropping a would-be touchdown from 30 yards out early in the fourth quarter, Bryant padded his stats on a nine yard touchdown catch with :21 left in the game.

2005 Week 11 vs MIA (8 / 4 / 60 / 0 rec)

Bryant continues to be the most targeted receiver on the Browns, but also faces a number of double teams, and often sees his output limited as the result of this. The emergence of Braylon Edwards in this game should provide more breathing room for Antonio Bryant as the season continues.

2005 Week 12 vs MIN (7 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Bryant had a difficult day, allowing balls to bounce off his fingertips, and seemed to lose some of the rhythm had been developing with Trent Dilfer over the last half of the season. Bryant was the intended recipient of two of the Browns' interceptions on the day.

2005 Week 13 vs JAX (6 / 3 / 63 / 0 rec)

The focus of the passing game with Charlie Frye at quarterback was clearly Braylon Edwards, however, should the Edwards knee injury force him to miss any time, Bryant would likely be asked to step back into the role of the primary playmaker for this Browns squad. After a strong start to the season, Bryant has been under utilized in recent weeks, and unable to put up the big games as a result.

2005 Week 14 vs CIN (6 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)

Asked again to be the primary playmaker, Bryant was unable to create the separation necessary to make the big play versus the ballhawk defense of the Bengals. Bryant caught everything thrown his way, but does not the same rapport with Charlie Frye that Braylon Edwards was showing before Edwards was injured.

2005 Week 15 vs OAK (9 / 5 / 86 / 0 rec)

After a quiet first half where Bryant saw just two targets, he got on the same page with Charlie Frye and had a much more productive second half. Bryant did a much better job of getting open in the second half and recognizing the need to step up as the playmaker for this offense.

2005 Week 16 vs PIT (6 / 4 / 50 / 0 rec)

Bryant tied for team's longest reception when he pulled in a 29 yard pass from a scrambling Charlie Frye. He also made a nice stab at a 12 yard pass for a first down with his outstretched arms on third and ten. However Bryant also dropped an easy out pattern pass and gained no yards on a WR screen play when he slipped while trying to cut away from a tackler.

2005 Week 17 vs BAL (12 / 9 / 123 / 1 rec)

Bryant had one of his best games of the season on the final week of the season, and certainly his best game with Charlie Frye at the helm. With his nine catch performance, Bryant went over the 100 yard mark for the first time all season, and over the 1000 yard mark for the first time in his four year career.