Report: Ravens plan to sign Dez Bryant to practice squad

Chris Cwik
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After two and a half seasons out of football, former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is inching closer to a return. The Baltimore Ravens plan to sign Bryant to their practice squad as long as Bryant’s workout with the team goes well, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

It’s not the first time the Ravens have shown interest in Bryant. The team brought Bryant in for a workout in August.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 25: Dez Bryant attends 2020 Roc Nation THE BRUNCH on January 25, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Roc Nation)
Dez Bryant hasn't played in an NFL game since 2017. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Roc Nation)

Bryant, 31, hasn’t played in the NFL since 2017. That season, he gained 838 yards and scored six touchdowns with the Cowboys. Bryant went unsigned in the offseason, but signed with the New Orleans Saints that November. Bryant tore his Achilles in his second practice with the team. A year after suffering that injury, Bryant said he was ready to make a comeback.

Where does Dez Bryant fit with the Ravens?

If the Ravens promote Bryant to their 53-man roster, he could get a chance to prove he still has something left in the tank. Marquise Brown is the team’s only established starter at wide receiver. The team has used Miles Boykin, Devin Duvernay and Willie Snead as secondary options, but none of them see as many snaps as Brown.

That opens a door for Bryant. If he can still make contested catches, it’s possible Bryant will carve out a role in the Ravens’ offense. With Brown capable of burning defenses deep, the Ravens could use someone to make short, tough catches to move the chains underneath. That was one of Bryant’s strengths with the Cowboys. He could also give the team another solid red zone target, another area in which Bryant excelled in Dallas.

All of that will depend on whether the Ravens believe Bryant can still play. Signing him to the practice squad would be a good indication the Ravens think Bryant can contribute.

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