It’s been over two and a half years since the Dallas Cowboys released Dez Bryant, and it sure sounds like any hard feelings the wide receiver might have had toward his former team have since passed.
The Baltimore Ravens wide receiver said Saturday that he has essentially moved on from his time with Dallas, and added there are no longer any hard feelings ahead of his first game against them since leaving.
“For the most part, it’s water under the bridge,” Bryant said, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN. “You have to move forward with your life.”
Bryant has been mostly diplomatic toward the Cowboys since being cut in April 2018. There seemed to be some initial bitterness, but as recently as this year he was even floating a possible return to the organization. While that didn’t happen, Bryant seems comfortable with his new role in Baltimore and, at least publicly, isn’t out for revenge against the Cowboys on Tuesday.
Drew Brees’ injury led Dez Bryant to recall some past heroics from Tony Romo.
On Monday, we learned that Brees has multiple fractured ribs and a collapsed lung. Brees played half of New Orleans’ win over San Francisco and exited the game due to injuries sustained from a hard hit.
The injury sounds very similar to what Romo played through in 2011.
Romo sustained a broken rib and punctured lung after taking a huge hit from Ahmad Brooks on the third play of the Cowboys’ Week 2 game against San Francisco in 2011. Romo played through the injury and took a painkilling injection at halftime. He went 12-of-15 passes for 201 yards in the fourth quarter and overtime, connecting with Jesse Holley on a 77-yard completion to set up the winning kick in overtime.
The story of Brees reminded some of Romo’s accomplishment.
Bryant, who was on the Cowboys that year but did not play in the game, tweeted “9” in response to a tweet about the game.
Nine, of course, was Romo’s jersey number.
The crazy thing is Romo played in all 16 games that season, including a win over Washington the following week. That win probably felt extra sweet for Romo after some of the trash talking Washington did.
Anyone who envisioned a big role for Dez Bryant with the Baltimore Ravens is quickly being proven wrong.
The Ravens announced Saturday that safety Geno Stone would be the only player elevated from the practice squad for Sunday’s game against New England. That means Bryant, who played just two snaps last week, won’t be on the active roster at all.
Bryant’s role is coming into focus, and it isn’t much of one. The wide receiver wasn’t even targeted in his Week 9 debut, though it didn’t seem to dampen his enthusiasm for playing again. Maybe the Ravens want Bryant up to speed more before involving him more in the offense, but that seems increasingly unlikely.
The 32-year-old receiver had gone three years between games before his debut last week. In 2017, his last full season, he racked up 838 receiving yards and six touchdowns.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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.