The Baltimore Ravens are adding a major name to their wide receiver corps, kind of. They are signing veteran free agent Dez Bryant to their practice squad. The wide receiver took to Twitter to react to the move.
My emotions running high right now… I’m thankful…I can’t stop crying 😂
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) October 27, 2020
Bryant has not appeared in a game since 2017. The wild thing about that though is not that he “retired”, but that no team really seemed interested in giving him a chance.
Dez Bryant spent the entire eight years of his career with the Dallas Cowboys. While there he was known as one of the best wide receivers in the entire NFL.
Bryant has 531 receptions for 7,459 receiving yards and 73 receiving touchdowns in 113 games in his career.
However, the wide receiver was on quite the decline by the end of his run. Sure the numbers were still good, but they were a far cry from the numbers he was putting up in his prime.
In the three-year stretch of 2012 through 2014, Bryant had at least 88 receptions, 1,233 yards and 12 touchdowns in each season.
The last three years of his career did not even come close to that. He recorded 31 receptions, 50 receptions, and 69 receptions respectfully. At the same time, Dez Bryant had 401 yards, 796 yards, and 838 yards – as well as 3 touchdowns, eight touchdowns and six touchdowns.
So again, the numbers weren’t bad – but they were nowhere near his prime.
Maybe that drop off in production scared a lot of teams. At the same time, it could have been his reputation, as Bryant was seen as a hot-head and someone that would cause problems in the locker room.
Since 2017 though, Bryant has done a nice job of building up his image through things like social media.
It appears that has all paid off. The Ravens are one of the best teams in the NFL and a clear Super Bowl contender. However, they do not have the most experienced and talented wide receiver group.
There are some great names there (like Hollywood Brown), but the corps, in general, could use some help. Now Bryant is being brought in to see if he can bolster the group.
It will be interesting to see what he brings to the table after not playing in an NFL game since 2017.
Bryant is certainly very happy and grateful for this opportunity. Hopefully it all works out wonderfully for both sides. Maybe we will all get to see the “X” being thrown up again pretty soon.