Dez Bryant is working his way back into a potential key role for the Baltimore Ravens. Bryant was signed to the Ravens practice squad and appeared in Week 9 for the team.
He played two snaps as an emergency option for the team. Now, Bryant has spent the past few weeks getting acclimated with the playbook. While he missed Week 10 against the New England Patriots, it seems things are coming along for Bryant.
Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman mentioned that Bryant is making progress and could have a viable role later this season.
“Dez is doing a good job, he’s really getting caught up,” Roman told local reporters via Pro Football Talk. “He’s working hard at practice, in meetings. It’s good to have him on board. Keep working and we’ll see where that leads moving forward. I don’t think there’s any real timeline right now, but I do think that if Dez keeps progressing he will definitely become a factor in what we do.”
Prior to his Week 9 appearance, Bryant had not appeared in an NFL game since the 2017 season. He has dealt with injuries but is known to be productive when on the field. In his eight-year career, Bryant has 531 catches for 7,459 yards and 73 touchdowns.
Bryant was excited to join the Ravens. He got emotional after hearing that the team was going to sign him. The Ravens mentioned that they would not rush Bryant as he gets back into football shape.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh noted that Bryant will see the field as the team needs him. He values his presence that he brings to the practice field.
“When we feel like he’s ready to come up, in shape, knows the offense well enough, has enough compatibility with Lamar on enough plays then we’ll bring him up. When it happens, I think it’ll happen. I don’t think it’s something you want to force-feed in there. It’s something we’ll have to see as we go.”
The Ravens needed Bryant for Week 9 and it is not certain when the team will need him again this season. The team can call him up to the roster one more time before giving him an active roster spot for the remainder of the season.
Bryant has already provided valuable experience for his young teammates. Mark Andrews had great things to say about him as did Ravens superstar quarterback Lamar Jackson. The reigning NFL MVP believes it is only a matter of time before Bryant could become a fixture in the Ravens’ attack.
“Oh man, he’s a great route runner,” Jackson said. “He has strong hands. He’s dialed in into the playbook; he’s always asking me questions about the playbook – stuff like that. He wants to compete. I just can’t wait until he gets out there with us on Sundays and fully practices with us.”
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The Ravens are back in action this weekend against the Tennessee Titans at home. Both teams are 6-3 and looking to build momentum towards a playoff push.