Dez Bryant will reportedly be sitting out Week 10 and the Saints matchup with the Bengals. That means the team will be seriously thin at receiver.Per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Sean Payton has said that newly acquired receiver Dez Bryant will sit out the Saints’ Week 10 matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals. The report goes on to add that Payton wants Bryant to shed a little weight and get better acquainted with the playbook before he hits the field.The Saints have been doing pretty well without Dez Bryant to this point. But Michael Thomas has been shouldering too much of the load. Bryant was brought in to add to the remarkable success the Saints offense has already had in 2018. They currently have the league’s second rated unit.But another reason Bryant was brought in was the lack of production from free agent acquisition Cameron Meredith who was placed on injured reserve on Thursday, Nov. 8. And that creates something of a dilemma for the team as they head to Cincinnati.The Saints are very thin at wide receiver right now. There’s Michael Thomas, Tre’Quan Smith, Austin Carr and then, well, nobody.New #Saints WR Dez Bryant is expected to sit out Sunday‘s game vs. #Bengals. They want him to drop weight and he needs more than two practices to learn the offense, build chemistry, etc. Debut could come the following week vs. the #Eagles. @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/NisbE8tmZU— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 9, 2018Tommylee Lewis isn’t ready to come back from injured reserve though he has started to practice. The earliest he’ll be available is in Week 11 when the Eagles come to town. Dan Arnold has experience at wide receiver but has been playing as a tight end this season.One possible option is for the Saints to call up rookie practice squad member Keith Kirkwood. For one week at least. Per a report from the New Orleans Advocate’s Nick Underhill, Kirkwood has been preparing for this opportunity since being added to the Saints roster as an undrafted rookie free agent in the offseason.Kirkwood had looked solid in two outings during the 2018 Preseason with three catches for 31 yards and had an outstanding training camp.Of course the Saints also have options with Alvin Kamara and who knows what Sean Payton has been preparing with Taysom Hill. But just going with three receivers, especially when the vast majority of production from that unit has come from just one player, seems inadvisable. Next: 2018 Season: New Orleans Saints at the halfway mark We’ll be watching the transactions reports today to see how the Saints look to handle the situation. Odds are Kirkwood gets his first taste of regular season NFL football this week. But a late update to this story following Payton’s Friday presser, he’s now saying Bryant’s status for Sunday isn’t yet decided. Note: Eli Apple played a whole game just a few days after joining the team. Don’t rule Bryant out just yet.
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