At 6-foot-6 and 310 pounds, defensive end
The Cleveland Browns are looking to do all they can to make sure that the free agent they signed from the Oakland Raiders back in March can be as much of an imposition as possible on opposing offenses.
“(The Browns' coaches) are going to put me in the best positions to succeed on the field,” Bryant said. “Being able to play both end and tackle, depending on the situation on the field, I think that’s really going to help me excel. I’m always trying to be a better player.
“I’m out there trying to do anything and everything my coaches have asked me to. They’re really trying to put me in positions to be able to succeed. Anything they ask me to do, I’m going to go out there and try to do it. If there’s something I don’t feel comfortable with, I’m going to focus on that in practice every day until I feel I can really do my thing out there.”
Bryant had the best of his four seasons with the Raiders in 2012. In 16 games, including eight starts, he registered 36 total tackles, 26 of which were solo stops. He also had four sacks for 25 lost yards, and a forced fumble.
Bryant made nine of his 11.5 career quarterback sacks in the past two seasons.
“I had a pretty good season last year, and I’m trying to build on that and get better this year,” Bryant said. “Hopefully, I can build on that and make myself a household name by my work on the field. I’d like to take a run at the Pro Bowl, if possible.”
Since coming to Cleveland, Bryant has displayed versatility and consistency in his play, as well as an ability to take the point at the line of scrimmage and handle double teams.
“When we put him in a three-technique, he’s able to take that edge and go,” defensive coordinator Ray Horton said. “When we ask him to wham or jet inside and cross a guy’s face, he’s able to execute that. So, he’s able to do what we need a defensive end to do: Play head-up in a five-technique, play outside shoulder in a six-technique, wham inside in a three-technique, and he’s able to do that because he’s athletic.
“On third down, he’s one of the two tackles in there executing, so he’s doing everything that a defensive tackle or a defensive end in a 3-4 or 4-3 would do for you.”
Bryant has also shown to be a leader, and that is something Horton feels will lend itself to him making more plays for the Browns’ defense.
“He’s slowly emerging out where guys will trust him to open his mouth and say something because he has experience,” Horton said. “What I like is that he’s showing it on the field first, and now, he’s able to speak.”