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    October 12, 2018 8:02 AM IST

    The Raiders sending their third-round draft pick to Pittsburgh for wide receiver Martavis Bryant seems like a disastrous decision after Bryant was cut on Saturday [url=]Youth Taven Bryan Jersey[/url] , but coach Jon Gruden defended his decision today.

    Gruden even said Bryant could be back with the Raiders next year.

    “The guy’s a superb talent. The guy’s got great talent,” he said. “We’ll be criticized for that but it was a risk I think well worth taking. Perhaps we’ll get Martavis again next year and get the best out of him.”

    The reference to next year seems to be an acknowledgement that Bryant is facing some kind of issue related to the league’s substance-abuse policy that could keep him from playing this year. Bryant has already missed one full season because of a league-imposed suspension and there have been reports that he’s facing another issue this year, although neither the league, the Raiders nor Bryant has confirmed those reports.

    If Bryant is suspended this year and reinstated next year, Gruden sounds interested in bringing him back. But the Raiders have no claim on Bryant, who is a free agent.

    Ultimately, Gruden said Bryant just didn’t perform well enough to make the Raiders’ 53-man roster.

    “We expected more from him,” Gruden said. “We tried to keep the five or six best receivers and that’s what we did.”

    Bryant has undeniable talent and showed flashes of that talent at times in Pittsburgh. But the Steelers were glad to trade him away [url=][/url] , and Gruden was foolish to give up a third-round pick for Bryant.

    The Texans have begun formulating a plan to replace safety Andre Hal. Houston expected to have one of the top safety tandems in the NFL after signing Tyrann Mathieu to start opposite Hal this season.

    But Hal, who started all 16 games at free safety last season, recently was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He still is being evaluated at MD Anderson Cancer Center to determine his course of treatment.

    While he vows to play again, Hal won’t start the season on the field with the Texans.

    The Texans will have only five healthy safeties at their minicamp this week, with Mathieu, Justin Reid, Kurtis Drummond, Treston Decoud and Ibraheim Campbell getting reps there. Corey Moore continues to rehab an injury that will keep him out until training camp.

    Kenny Vaccaro [url=]Eagles Elite Jerseys[/url] , Tre Boston and Eric Reid — the older brother of Texans’ rookie Justin — remain available on the free agent market.

    The Texans also could consider playing cornerback Kareem Jackson (pictured) more at safety, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. Houston has nine cornerbacks on its roster.

    Jackson has played safety in practice and in games, with his versatility an asset for defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel.

    The best-case scenario for the Texans would be for Justin Reid, a third-round pick out of Stanford, to win the starting job in training camp.

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