The Return of Dez Bryant Is Now A Ravens Fans Bonus

The Return of Dez Bryant Is Now A Ravens Fans Bonus

The last time Dez Bryant was spotted on an NFL field was way back on December 31st, 2017. Bryant who is a 3-time pro-bowler has been on the sidelines for the better part of 3 years because of injuries and because most NFL GM’s and coaches believed he had nothing left in the tank. The Baltimore Ravens who just a few weeks ago signed Bryant to their practice squad have officially elevated him to their active roster.

To say that the Ravens aren’t in need of wide receiver help at this point in the season would be entirely inaccurate. Entering week 9 of the NFL season the Ravens rank 2nd to last in total receiving yards per game which is part of the problem the team is having with top tier teams in the NFL.

Signing a veteran like Bryant is really just a big bonus for Ravens fans because if he is able to provide just a little bit of relief by catching a few balls and forcing teams to not crowd the box, his mere presence on the field should help free up Lamar Jackson.

When you think about the kind of receiver Bryant is, you can see why the Ravens moved Bryant right up to the active roster. The team certainly isn’t in need of a deep threat, but a player like Bryant who is a big target and highly skilled at running intermediate routes should fit in well with Lamar Jackson’s passing strengths.

Now if you want to have a little statistical fun Bryant’s 531 career receptions are the most by a wide receiver who has been out of the league for two full seasons and then attempted a return to the NFL, according to Elias Sports Bureau research.

“When we feel like he’s ready to come up, in shape, knows the offense well enough, has enough compatibility with [quarterback] Lamar [Jackson] on enough plays, then we’ll bring him up,” Coach John Harbaugh said during a video conference call. “So when it happens — I think it’ll happen. I don’t think it’s something you want to force-feed in there. So we’ll just have to see as we go.”

Bryant who has never been afraid to speak his mind said the following on Twitter.

“I told you I’m covered confident and thankful..” Bryant wrote on Twitter minutes after news broke of his practice squad promotion Saturday. “I don’t care who hate it.”

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