An early look at Missouri football’s 2019 offense with Kelly Bryant under center
Missouri still has one more football game to play this season, a New Year’s Eve matinee against Oklahoma State in the Liberty Bowl, but Kelly Bryant’s commitment to the Tigers on Tuesday has talk about the 2019 season buzzing.
The program will open its new south endzone complex at Memorial Stadium and will return a strong senior core led by linebacker Cale Garrett and tailback Damarea Crockett. While Missouri will lose the likes of Drew Lock and Emanuel Hall on offense, here’s an early look at the Tigers’ offense for next season:
Starter: Kelly Bryant
Likely backup: Connor Bazelak Analysis: Bryant is the program’s first true dual-threat quarterback since Brad Smith in 2005 and brings a ton of experi-
spoke with reporters before Wednesday’s practice.
“We will just take it from there. It is not necessarily limited. They are going to be out there doing what they do, and we will just see. See how it goes. Both of those are day to day. They are kind of right on that edge where they just have to go out and practice and see what happens.”
Tight end Demetrius Harris did not participate in Thursday’s practice. The Chiefs said he missed the workouts due to illness, but he was also listed on the injury report as having a knee ailment.
A 6-foot-5, 245-pound former Florida State standout, Benjamin entered the NFL as the 28th overall pick of the Carolina Panthers in 2014. He started 15 games and registered 73 catches for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns as a rookie. He spent the 2015 season on injured reserve with a torn left ACL, then posted 63 catches and 941 receiving yards in 2016.
The Panthers traded him to the Bills in October 2017 in exchange for a pair of 2018 draft picks.
This season, Benjamin caught just 23 passes while being targeted 62 times. He logged 354 receiving yards in 12 games. The Bills released him on Tuesday, and he cleared waivers.
Benjamin, who’d faced criticism from fans over the years for putting on weight, made headlines earlier this season after telling The Athletic in an interview that he would have had more success if he’d played with a more accurate quarterback than Cam Newton to start his career. Newton then confronted him during pregame warmups before the Bills-Panthers preseason game.
Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant, the likely successor to Drew Lock, will be Missouri’s first true dual-threat quarterback since Brad Smith in 2005.