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Dez Bryant shares thoughts on ‘surreal’ season debut

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Dez Bryant on Sunday played in his first NFL game since 2017, and he was very appreciative of the opportunity.

Bryant was signed by the Baltimore Ravens two weeks ago and was active for the team’s 24-10 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Bryant only saw a few snaps, but that didn’t change his attitude about playing.

“It’s surreal,” Bryant said after the game, via The Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec. “Just being back in the locker room, just being on the sideline, just being here with these guys, it’s exciting. Seeing the game up close versus just watching it on TV; I felt my competitive spirit come back alive. I’m just excited.”

Bryant also sent a tweet after the game.

Prior to this season, Bryant last played in 2017 for the Cowboys and had 69 catches for 838 yards. He signed with the Saints two years ago but suffered an Achilles tendon injury in his first practice. Now he is back and playing, and it means a lot to him.

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Dez Bryant pays tribute to Kobe Bryant before Ravens debut

Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant could make his highly anticipated return to NFL game action on Sunday, and the star wide receiver used the stage to pay tribute to the late Kobe Bryant.

Bryant arrived at Lucas Oil Stadium for the Baltimore Ravens’ game against the Indianapolis Colts wearing a No. 8 Bryant jersey.

Bryant has been activated from Baltimore’s practice squad for Sunday’s game, though it is unclear if he will play. He has not appeared in an NFL game since 2017 and has made it clear how excited he is for the opportunity the Ravens have given him.

We have seen pro athletes pay tribute to Kobe in a variety of ways since he and his daughter Gianna tragically died in a helicopter crash earlier this year. It was nice to see Bryant continue with that trend on such a huge day for him.

Dez Bryant set to make season debut after being activated by Ravens

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Dez Bryant is returning to the NFL, perhaps as soon as this week.

According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Baltimore Ravens have activated Bryant from the practice squad and placed the wide receiver on the active roster. Bryant could play in Sunday’s game at Indianapolis as a result.

Bryant sent a tweet after the news broke about how excited he is to return to action.

Bryant hasn’t actually played in an NFL game since 2017. He has made it clear, however, that he is not going to take his latest chance for granted. The Ravens may be getting a very motivated player, even if he initially plays a limited role as he gets back into the swing of things.

Dez Bryant going into ‘silent mode’ on social media

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Dez Bryant is working hard to prove to the Baltimore Ravens that he is worthy of a spot on their active roster, and the veteran wide receiver says he is taking a break on social media to focus on that.

Bryant tweeted late Thursday night that he is going into “silent mode.”

“I’m going back to silent mode… just know I’ve been working,” he wrote.

Many athletes have gone on hiatus from social media to better focus on their craft. LeBron James made the practice popular when he first started openly taking technology breaks years ago.

Bryant, who has not played in an NFL game since 2017, signed a practice-squad contract with the Ravens. He has been given no assurances that he will ever be promoted to the active roster, though some comments Lamar Jackson made this week indicate the quarterback believes that will happen.

Lamar Jackson has high praise for Dez Bryant

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Dez Bryant has yet to be promoted from the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad to their active roster, but Lamar Jackson seems to think it is only a matter of time before he is throwing passes to the veteran wide receiver in meaningful games.

Jackson told reporters on Wednesday that he has been impressed with what he has seen from Bryant in practice. He also said he is excited to play with the former Pro Bowler on Sundays.

“Great route runner. Strong hands. He’s dialed in to the playbook. He wants to compete,” Jackson said, via Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic. “I just can’t wait until he gets out on the field with us on Sundays.”

There’s a reason the Ravens only signed Bryant to a practice-squad deal. The 32-year-old has not played in an NFL game since 2017, and he was reportedly given no assurances that he will ever be promoted to the active roster in Baltimore.

Bryant was cut by the Dallas Cowboys at the end of the 2018 offseason and went several months unsigned before joining the Saints. He then tore his Achilles in November 2018 before ever appearing in a game for New Orleans.

If Bryant can stay healthy and separate from defenders, he should be able to help the Ravens at some point. Jackson is clearly optimistic that will happen.

Dez Bryant reportedly not given assurances he will make Ravens’ roster

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The Baltimore Ravens are giving Dez Bryant a chance to prove he can still be a productive NFL player, but there is no guarantee we are going to see the former Pro Bowler in a game.

Bryant signed a practice squad contract with the Ravens earlier this week, and Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that the team has given him no assurances he will ever be promoted to the active roster. The Ravens felt Bryant was in better shape last week when he worked with them than he was back in August, but they do not sound convinced he will give their passing game a boost.

According to La Canfora, the Ravens are “taking a measured approach” with Bryant and are still searching for pass-catching help. They have less than $3 million in salary cap space, but they could pursue help at the wide receiver and/or tight end position ahead of Tuesday’s trade deadline.

Bryant, a three-time Pro Bowler, caught 69 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns in his last full season with the Cowboys in 2017. The Ravens are not expecting that type of production, but he could be a nice late-season addition to their roster if all goes well.

The opportunity certainly means a lot to Bryant, as evidenced by the tweet he sent after signing his deal.

Terrell Owens shares inspirational message for Dez Bryant

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Terrell Owens shared an inspirational message from one former Dallas Cowboys receiver to another.

Owens sent a message to Dez Bryant on Friday. Bryant was signed to the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad during the week. The Ravens shared a photo of Bryant throwing up the “X” in a Ravens jersey.

Owens responded and told Bryant to do his thing not worry about proving any of the haters wrong.

Owens played in the NFL from 1996-2010 but was still gunning for an NFL return as recently as two years ago. Bryant played with the Cowboys from 2010-2017 and is just now trying to make a comeback after suffering a torn Achilles tendon last year with the Saints. Bryant was so overjoyed to be back in the NFL that he sent a great tweet about it.

Dez Bryant sends great tweet after signing with Ravens

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Dez Bryant is finally getting another shot in the NFL, and the three-time Pro Bowler is understandably ecstatic to get back on the field.

Bryant has agreed to a contract with the Baltimore Ravens to join their practice squad. Shortly after word of the deal surfaced on Tuesday, the 31-year-old sent an awesome tweet about how happy he is. Bryant said he’s thankful and “can’t stop crying.”

The journey back for Bryant has been a long one, and many players in his position would have given up by now. He has not played a full NFL season since 2017. Bryant was cut by the Dallas Cowboys at the end of the 2018 offseason and went several months unsigned before joining the Saints. He then tore his Achilles in November 2018 before ever appearing in a game for New Orleans.

Bryant has tried to pitch his services to multiple teams over the past two years, but a practice-squad deal was his best opportunity. If he’s healthy and can still separate from defenders, the Ravens could have a nice addition to their roster late in the season.

One thing is for certain: motivation will not be an issue for Bryant.

Dez Bryant signs practice-squad deal with Ravens

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Dez Bryant is finally getting another shot to play in the NFL, but he will need to prove himself on a practice squad first.

Bryant has agreed to a deal with the Baltimore Ravens to join their practice squad, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports.

Word of Bryant potentially signing with the Ravens surfaced last week, and it was believed that the move was only pending a physical. This means that Bryant, who tore his Achilles while attempting a comeback with the New Orleans Saints in 2018, passed.

Bryant, 31, has not played in the NFL since 2017. He was cut by the Dallas Cowboys at the end of the 2018 offseason and went several months unsigned before joining the Saints. Bryant tore his Achilles before ever appearing in a game for New Orleans.

While he has tried to pitch his services to multiple teams, Bryant has been linked to the Ravens for quite some time now.

Bryant, a three-time Pro Bowler, caught 69 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns in his last full season with the Cowboys in 2017. The Ravens are not expecting that type of production, but he could be a nice late-season addition to their roster if all goes well.

Report: Dez Bryant likely to join Ravens’ practice squad

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Dez Bryant appears to be on his way back to the NFL.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Bryant is expected to join the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad if he passes a physical. The possibility of this was first reported by NFL reporter Josina Anderson.

Bryant worked out for Baltimore in the offseason, so the Ravens likely know what they’re getting already.

The 31-year-old wide receiver has not played in the NFL since 2017. The practice squad stint is likely meant to get him into game shape. The Ravens’ interest in him goes back nearly three years, and they’ve looked into signing him multiple times. It appears to be finally happening.

Once considered one of the NFL’s elite wide receivers, Bryant has 73 career touchdown catches. His best season in that regard was 2014, when he caught 16 of them.