New England Patriots

By Ty Anderson,

With the 2018 preseason over halfway done, former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has officially hit the ‘Publicly Praising Other Teams On Instagram’ phase of his undeniably odd voyage through National Football League free agency.

This has come with Bryant’s comment on a photo posted by Bleacher Report’s official Instagram account discussing New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick’s business approach being one of the ‘underrated’ parts of the New England dynasty.

“BB STRATEGY is [one] in a million…,” Bryant wrote.

While it would be easy to twist this into Bryant rallying against Belichick’s often-cold methods, he was clearly praising Belichick’s approach with holdouts/contracts, as the original post by Bleacher Report discussed the Rams’ situation with Aaron Donald and Oakland’s issues with Khalil Mack and suggested the ‘Belichick approach’ as a potential solution for both teams.

But Bryant’s praise for those in the Patriots organization did not stop there. It was in a separate comment that Bryant responded to a commenter on the post by saying, “Tom Brady has always been my favorite player.. real fact.”

Bryant’s latest Instagram activity comes a week after he flew into Cleveland for a workout with the Browns (but left without a contract in place), and with the Patriots’ receiving corps still a largely unsolidified grouping, even after the Eric Decker signing.

And Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s preseason debut did little to change the complexion of their loaded-in-numbers alone wideout group; Decker dropped his target, Phillip Dorsett caught just one pass for four yards on three targets from Brady, and Cordarrelle Patterson’s biggest impact came in the screen pass game. Kenny Britt, meanwhile, who many expect to play a big role for the Patriots when ready, has yet to participate in a preseason tilt — or even practice — due to a hamstring injury.

Still, though, it seems highly, highly unlikely that Bryant gets much of anything from the Patriots.

Part of that is because it’s almost too late in the preseason for Bryant to come and grasp the offensive playbook in time to make any sort of impact for the team, especially given Bryant’s apparent issues with route-running towards the end of his time in Dallas and New England’s obviously demanding offensive scheme that requires all receivers to be on the same page as Brady. But it seems clear to many that the 29-year-old Bryant’s best days are long behind him, as he enters this season four years removed from his last 1,000-yard season and caught 69 of his 132 targets for 838 yards and six scores a season ago.

Until then, though, there’s always Instagram.

If Belichick even knows what that is, anyway.

Ty Anderson is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Ty? Follow him on Twitter @_TyAnderson.

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