Baltimore Ravens signal WR Dez Bryant to apply squad

Dez Bryant hasn’t performed within the NFL for the reason that 2017 season, when he was the Dallas Cowboys’ main receiver.

The Cowboys reduce him after that season, and it wasn’t till greater than midway into the 2018 season when the New Orleans Saints signed the three-time Professional Bowl wideout. Earlier than he might play a recreation with the Saints, nevertheless, Bryant tore his Achilles in apply. He hasn’t been on an NFL group since then.

Now he is again.

The Baltimore Ravens signed Bryant, 31, on Tuesday to its apply squad. It looks like an odd place to stay somebody who was not too way back top-of-the-line receivers in soccer, and who is not very outdated. And it isn’t just like the Ravens are loaded on the place — they’ve struggled to seek out constant playmakers this season exterior of their quarterback and reigning league MVP Lamar Jackson.

By Week 7, Baltimore’s broad receivers rank thirty second within the league in receptions (58) and receiving yards (737).

The Ravens had been rumored to be one of many groups inquisitive about signing Antonio Brown, one other former All-Professional receiver who had been out of the league for some time. Antonio Brown’s cousin, Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, is the Ravens’ most efficient receiver. However Antonio Brown determined to hitch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Ravens turned to Bryant.

How does Dez Bryant assist the Ravens?

Type-wise, Bryant is much less of a big-play gamebreaker and extra of a possession receiver. He can go throughout the center and get robust catches in site visitors. That may open issues up for Hollywood Brown, who’s extra of the home-run hitter kind of wideout.

Not like Antonio Brown, who was pushed out of the sport attributable to authorized and severe behavioral points, Bryant’s absence was extra baffling.

He had some minor clashes with the Cowboys, however he wasn’t precisely a recognized poisonous presence. And after recovering from the Achilles tear, Bryant gave the impression to be in adequate form to play someplace. Groups simply weren’t giving him an opportunity.

Even now, whereas Antonio Brown will in all probability be slotted proper into the Bucs’ beginning lineup, Bryant has to work his manner up from the apply squad with undrafted rookies and NFL journeymen.

The Ravens do not look as sturdy as they did final season after they had been the AFC’s No. 1 seed going into the playoffs, however they’re doing nicely at 5-1. They simply want a lift offensively to enrich their historically sturdy protection.

Revealed 28 Oct 2020, 12:29 IST

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