It’s been a tough path back for former star wide receiver Dez Bryant to get back into the NFL. Bryant hasn’t shied away from the challenges that have come over the last two years. However, the former Dallas Cowboys star may have his opportunity to make an NFL comeback.
Dez Bryant’s journey back to the NFL
Since last playing in the 2017 season, Dez Bryant has been on the outside looking in to continue his NFL career.
Bryant hasn’t played in the last two seasons following being released by the Dallas Cowboys in April 2018. He latched onto the New Orleans Saints in November, but that was quickly cut short after tore his Achilles tendon during practice two days after signing with the team. Following that injury, he has yet to latch onto any franchise.
Before his injury, there were questions about his ability to separate from defenders while the nagging leg injuries look to have impacted his speed. Despite that, he has continued to remain hopeful of getting another chance to play in the league. Bryant has put forth a strong career where he has proven to be a significant asset in the red zone behind his 73 career touchdowns in his first eight seasons.
The 31-year-old has finally gotten another opportunity to showcase that he can be a factor on the field.
Dez Bryant will hold workout with Ravens
Throughout this offseason, Dez Bryant has continued to stay on the same track with displaying he wants to play football.
Bryant has posted various workouts that included catching passes from reigning Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes. The three-time Pro Bowler earned a chance to play in the 2020 season as he’s expected to work out with the Baltimore Ravens this week, according to Tom Pelissero and Jane Slater of the NFL Network.
The Ravens had an interest in Bryant before the 2018 season with a multi-year deal worth north of $30 million, but he turned down the offer. He has a chance to be a factor to join their already explosive offense led by reigning league MVP Lamar Jackson. Bryant could secure a significant role in the offensive scheme as one of the top passing game options.
What’s interesting about the move is that Baltimore chose to bring him in while Antonio Brown is believed to be interested in the franchise. Jackson had vocally backed the team pursuing Brown, but they elected to go another route. That may be due to the eight-game suspension that he has to begin the 2020 season and the remaining open investigation on the pending sexual misconduct case in civil court.
What impact can he make?
The reason for the workout for Dez Bryant by the Ravens is to see how much he has left.
Bryant has continued to stay in shape while going through many catching drills over the last several months. However, it’s hard for Baltimore to gauge what he can bring to the table without seeing him in person. Bryant has the size and strength to be a factor in the red zone, but it will be his ability to break away from defenders that will be crucial.
If he can showcase that, the 31-year-old could latch onto a stable role in the offense as one of their primary passing game options. Bryant will likely be the third option behind tight end Mark Andrews and wideout Marquise Brown. The Ravens are a run-heavy team where he could excel as he’s proven to be a stout blocker at his position.
Ultimately, it’s all in Bryant’s hands to make the most of this opportunity to get back into the league.