Temple Wide Out Gets a Crack at the NFL

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By: Chris Kofsky

Image: Irish Haines

After a long wait, former Temple wide receiver Ventell Bryant will finally trade the Cherry and White for a different set of colors.

Bryant will rock Black and Orange after signing a contract with the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday. This comes two weeks after Bryant went undrafted in the 2019 NFL Draft on April 25-27.

Bryant garnered support from his former teammates on social media following his long-awaited signing. He is the eighth former Owl to be signed or drafted by an NFL team this year, and the latest to sign a contract as an undrafted free agent.

Bryant is the 25th former Temple player currently in the NFL and will be the fourth-active wide receiver from the university, joining Robby Anderson, Keith Kirkwood and Rod Streater.

In Cincinnati, Bryant joins a crowded wide receiver depth chart led by pro bowler A.J. Green. Bryant will have the chance to impress first-year head coach Zach Taylor during training camp and potentially make the team.

In four seasons with the Owls, Bryant totaled 173 career receptions and 2,444 career-receiving yards, which ranks him atop Templeโ€™s all-time leaderboard in both categories. Bryant scored 10 receiving touchdowns in 35 career games at Temple.

In his senior season, Bryant led the team with 51 receptions and 690 receiving yards while wearing a single digit number  โ€” given to the programโ€™s toughest players.

His best season came his sophomore year, where he recorded a career-high 54 receptions, 895 receiving yards and four touchdowns. That season, Temple captured its first American Athletic Conference title.


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