Ventell Bryant
Free agent
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1996-08-24) August 24, 1996 (age 25)
Tampa, Florida
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Thomas Jefferson (FL)
College:Temple
Undrafted:2019
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics as of 2020
Receptions:1
Receiving yards:15
Receiving touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Ventell Jamal Bryant (born August 24, 1996) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Temple University.

Early years

Bryant was born to Luz Lebron and Oscar Bryant. He attended Thomas Jefferson High School. As a junior, he had six receptions for 62 yards.

As a senior, he contributed to the team having a 10-2 record and reaching the FHSAA 6A playoffs. He registered 34 receptions for 756 yards (20.7-yard avg.) and 11 touchdowns, while receiving All-Western Conference honors.

College career

Bryant accepted a football scholarship from Temple University. As a redshirt freshman, he became a starter at wide receiver in the third game against the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He set school records for freshman receptions (39) and receiving yards (579). He was the team's second leading receiver behind Robby Anderson and also had 3 touchdowns.

As a sophomore, he led the team with 54 receptions for 895 yards. He was second on the team with 4 receiving touchdowns. He also contributed to the team winning the American Athletic Conference title.[1] He had 5 receptions for 94 yards against the University of Central Florida. He made 5 receptions for 115 yards against the University of South Florida. He had 9 receptions for 168 yards and one touchdown against Tulane University. He made 11 receptions for 151 yards against Wake Forest University in the 2016 Military Bowl.

As a junior, he was fourth on the team with 29 receptions for 280 yards and no touchdowns. He had 7 receptions for 79 yards against Villanova University.

As a senior, he led the team with 51 receptions for 690 yards. He was third on the team with 3 touchdowns. He had 7 receptions for 109 yards and 2 touchdowns against the University of Central Florida.

He finished his college career as the school's all-time leading receiver with 173 receptions for 2,444 yards. He had 10 career receiving touchdowns.

Professional career

Cincinnati Bengals

After not being selected in the 2019 NFL draft, he received a tryout invitation for the Cincinnati Bengals rookie-minicamp, where he performed well enough to be signed as an undrafted free agent on May 11.[2] He was waived on August 31, 2019.

Dallas Cowboys

On September 2, 2019, Bryant was signed to the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad. On October 2, he was promoted to the active roster to replace injured core special teams player Kavon Frazier.[3] The coaching staff would choose to activate him over fellow wide receiver Devin Smith in the last 12 games of the season, because of his special teams production. He recorded his first two career tackles in Week 7 against the Philadelphia Eagles.[4] On Thanksgiving Day, Bryant caught his first career pass for a 15-yard touchdown from quarterback Dak Prescott. [5] He appeared in 12 games and had 6 special teams tackles (tied for fourth on the team).

On September 7, 2020, Bryant was placed on injured reserve.[6] He was designated to return from injured reserve on October 7, and began practicing with the team again.[7] He was waived from injured reserve with an injury settlement on October 20.[8] He was replaced with wide receiver Malik Turner.

Carolina Panthers

Bryant was signed to the Carolina Panthers' practice squad on December 14, 2020.[9] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Panthers on January 4, 2021.[10] On June 30, 2021, Bryant was suspended for the first two games of the 2021 NFL season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.[11] He was waived on August 5, 2021.[12]

Personal life

On March 11, 2020, Bryant was arrested on a misdemeanor DUI charge in Tampa Bay, Florida.[13]

References

  1. ^ "NFL Draft 2019: How a former Temple teammate provides a potential blueprint for Ventell Bryant". Penn Live. April 16, 2019. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  2. ^ Narducci, Marc (May 11, 2019). "Former Temple wide receiver Ventell Bryant earns a contract with the Cincinnati Bengals after impressive tryout". The Philadelphia Enquirer. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  3. ^ Williams, Charean (October 2, 2019). "Cowboys promote Ventell Bryant, sign Josh Jones to practice squad". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  4. ^ "Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys - October 20th, 2019". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  5. ^ "Buffalo Bills at Dallas Cowboys - November 28th, 2019". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  6. ^ Eatman, Nick (September 7, 2020). "Collins, Lee, Bryant to IR; Cowboys Re-Sign 3 Vets". DallasCowboys.com.
  7. ^ Phillips, Rob (October 7, 2020). "Practice Report: Gregory Returns; LVE Closer?". DallasCowboys.com. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  8. ^ "Ventell Bryant: Agrees to injury settlement". CBSSports.com. October 20, 2020. Retrieved November 1, 2020.
  9. ^ "Ventell Bryant: Jumps on with practice squad". CBSSports.com. December 14, 2020. Retrieved December 14, 2020.
  10. ^ Bryan, Will (January 4, 2021). "Panthers sign 14 players to reserve future contracts for 2021". Panthers.com.
  11. ^ "Ventell Bryant suspended for first two games of 2021 season". Panthers.com. June 30, 2021. Retrieved July 2, 2021.
  12. ^ "Panthers sign safety Brian Cole". www.panthers.com. Retrieved August 5, 2021.
  13. ^ "DALLAS COWBOYS WR ARRESTED FOR DUI". TMZ. March 11, 2020. Retrieved April 27, 2020.