Baltimore Ravens receiver Dez Bryant’s long-awaited return to the NFL has come and gone.
Bryant, the veteran receiver best known for his time with the Dallas Cowboys, played in the Ravens’ Week 9 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. However, the veteran wideout went without a catch and is still looking for his first reception since December 2017.
Bryant’s last regular-season catch, however, was not his last touchdown. When did Bryant score his most recent touchdown in the NFL?
Dez Bryant has had an extremely productive NFL career
A first-round pick in 2010, Dez Bryant left Dallas as one of the most productive receivers in team history.
Bryant had 531 receptions for 7,459 yards, and 73 touchdowns across 113 games and 99 starts with the Cowboys from 2010-17.
Bryant made three Pro Bowls and earned first-team All-Pro honors in 2014, when he recorded 88 catches, 1,320 yards, and a league-best 16 touchdowns.
Through Nov. 10, 2020, Bryant’s 531 receptions are third in Cowboys history behind Jason Witten (1,215) and Michael Irvin (750). Witten and Irvin are the only two Cowboys players with over 10,000 receiving yards; Witten left the Cowboys after the 2019 season with 12,977 yards, while Irvin retired in 1999 with 11,904 yards to his name.
Bryant ranks fifth with 7,459 touchdowns. No Cowboys player has more receiving touchdowns than the 73 that Bryant caught in eight seasons.
Bryant also caught 15 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns in three playoff games.
Bryant just played his first game for the Baltimore Ravens
Dez Bryant and the Dallas Cowboys parted ways after the 2017 season ended.
Although Bryant intended to sign a multi-year contract in the 2018 offseason, he didn’t sign anywhere until he joined the New Orleans Saints that November.
Just two days after he signed with the Saints, however, Bryant tore his Achilles and missed the rest of the season. Bryant did not sign with a team last year.
All of this built up to October of this year when Bryant joined the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad. Baltimore promoted Bryant to the active roster for a Week 9 game against Philip Rivers and the Colts.
Fantasy football owners who played Bryant hoping for a big game surely came away disappointed. Bryant played just two snaps and didn’t have a ball thrown his way.
When did Dez Bryant catch his most recent touchdown?
Before his Baltimore Ravens debut, Dez Bryant last played in an NFL game on Dec. 31, 2017.
Bryant is quickly approaching three full years without a touchdown. His last score came on Dec. 10, 2017, against the rival New York Giants.
With less than two minutes left in the first half, Bryant had a 50-yard catch-and-run to tie the game at 10. Dallas scored 20 unanswered points and won 30-10, moving to 7-6 on the year.
Bryant can try breaking both droughts in Week 10 when Baltimore hosts the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football.
If Bryant wants to wait for some poetic justice, he can try catching his first Ravens touchdown on Dec. 3. The Ravens welcome the Cowboys on Thursday Night Football to open December.