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Bryant and Bryant: insurance yes, value no
Posted Jul. 27 at 06:19 AM
Two veteran wideouts were signed yesterday, coincidentally sharing the name Bryant: Antonio in Seattle, Johnson in Houston. It's that time of year when teams add unemployed veterans, veterans whose time has come and gone.
You can be forgiven if you weren't even aware that Bryant Johnson played for the Texans last year, appearing in all 16 games and catching just 6 passes. As for Antonio, he last caught a pass with Tampa Bay back in 2009; to find him at NFL.com you had to look under "Historical Players."
The signings reflect the two teams' concerns about the wideouts currently on their rosters; young, inexperienced, and/or coming off injury. But they also are merely "veteran insurance" signings, who can neither be expected to help fantasy teams, contribute, or necessarily even make the final roster.
I looked at the transactions at roughly this same time a year ago; a little later due to the lockout, but also on the eve of training camp. Some of the veteran wideouts who signed at that time: Michael Clayton, Legedu Naanee, Derrick Mason, Braylon Edwards, Jerricho Cotchery, Steve Smith.
Some of those guys generated some fantasy interest upon signing. None helped fantasy teams last year.
It won't be surprising if both of these players are involved in another NFL transaction a month or so from now.
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