Ravens plan to add Dez Bryant to practice squad

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Yannick Ngakoue is not the only high-profile veteran heading to Baltimore.

Dez Bryant is working out and taking a physical with the Ravens, and if all goes well they plan to add him to their practice squad, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

A former Cowboys All-Pro, Bryant hasn’t played in an NFL game since the end of the 2017 season. He briefly signed with the Saints but suffered an Achilles tendon injury in his first practice. Now he’ll get one more chance to show he still has something left.

Ordinarily, the 31-year-old Bryant wouldn’t be eligible for the practice squad, which was intended for developing younger, more inexperienced players. But under special rules designed to give teams more roster flexibility during the pandemic, the NFL is allowing veterans like Bryant to sign on practice squads.

34 responses to “Ravens plan to add Dez Bryant to practice squad

  1. I suspect you’ll see more of this with veteran guys. Pretty clever move: You can get the guy in and learning your plays on what amounts to an extended tryout/trial period without taking up a roster spot. If they look good, they’re ready to bring in immediately without an extensive adjustment period. If they don’t work out you never wasted a roster spot on them.

  2. Serious consideration to keep some semblances of this “practice squad” rules going forward. This really has been better for the League.

  3. I don’t care who’s playing wide receiver Baltimore has the wrong guy under center. Drop back and if route 1 isn’t open then he’s off and running. He looks great against the scrubs, but come playoff time when he faces better defenses his flaws get exposed

  4. Joe The Bartender says:
    October 22, 2020 at 12:25 pm
    This is a smart move by the Ravens! Dez has something to prove. Good luck Dez!
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    Every player has something to prove before they are released.

  5. Seems old but then you realize the ravens got Boldin when he was 30, Mason when he was 30, and steve smith when he was 35. All were great for the ravens.

  6. redskinisjustaword says:
    October 22, 2020 at 12:37 pm
    I don’t care who’s playing wide receiver Baltimore has the wrong guy under center. Drop back and if route 1 isn’t open then he’s off and running. He looks great against the scrubs, but come playoff time when he faces better defenses his flaws get exposed

    So Lamar has only faced two good defenses? LA and Tennessee? What about Pittsburgh twice, Seattle, Rams, Cleveland, Patriots? I’m pretty sure he beat all of them

  7. mogogo1 says:
    October 22, 2020 at 12:11 pm
    I suspect you’ll see more of this with veteran guys. Pretty clever move: You can get the guy in and learning your plays on what amounts to an extended tryout/trial period without taking up a roster spot. If they look good, they’re ready to bring in immediately without an extensive adjustment period. If they don’t work out you never wasted a roster spot on them.

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    A “clever” move to take up a ps spot with a washed up WR who hasn’t pkayed in years?

    What’s next, sign Terrell Owens or Randy Moss?

  8. redskinisjustaword says:
    October 22, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    So Lamar has only faced two good defenses? LA and Tennessee? What about Pittsburgh twice, Seattle, Rams, Cleveland, Patriots? I’m pretty sure he beat all of them
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    Not this year. This year he has faced one good defense (KC). Otherwise he has faced Cleveland (30th), Houston (26), Cincinnati (17) and the Eagles (23)

  9. If he makes the roster, someone make sure the NFL has a cameraman specifically zoomed in to catch the sideline blowups and tantrums.

  10. PFTSelectiveCensorship says:
    October 22, 2020 at 1:02 pm
    redskinisjustaword says:
    October 22, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    So Lamar has only faced two good defenses? LA and Tennessee? What about Pittsburgh twice, Seattle, Rams, Cleveland, Patriots? I’m pretty sure he beat all of them
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    Not this year. This year he has faced one good defense (KC). Otherwise he has faced Cleveland (30th), Houston (26), Cincinnati (17) and the Eagles (23)

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    That’s not his fault that is scheduling. Funny that you choose to ignore all of last year. THAT is selective censorship – ignoring all the good stuff only to look at this little sample size.

  11. seanismorriscom says:
    October 22, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    Is getting signed to a practice squad really news worthy?

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    When it’s someone who was a former star in the league, yes.

  12. Nick Name says:
    October 22, 2020 at 1:39 pm
    PFTSelectiveCensorship says:
    October 22, 2020 at 1:02 pm
    redskinisjustaword says:
    October 22, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    So Lamar has only faced two good defenses? LA and Tennessee? What about Pittsburgh twice, Seattle, Rams, Cleveland, Patriots? I’m pretty sure he beat all of them
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    Not this year. This year he has faced one good defense (KC). Otherwise he has faced Cleveland (30th), Houston (26), Cincinnati (17) and the Eagles (23)

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    That’s not his fault that is scheduling. Funny that you choose to ignore all of last year. THAT is selective censorship – ignoring all the good stuff only to look at this little sample size.

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    Not to mention our O-Line is in need of help.
    And @ the OP: I would worry more about your team anyway. What’s their name? LOL

  13. Did the Ravens hire the babysitter Jerruh had watching Dez, or at 31 do they think he no longer needs one? If he sticks I guess we’ll find out.

  14. They could have Jerry Rice, Randy Moss and Steve Largent all in their prime, wouldn’t make a difference, they haven’t got a qb.

  15. cnuterockne says:

    Dez is only 31? I swear I thought he was a lot older.

    savethebs says:

    Wow he’s only 31?!?

    No, he just played like he was older. And slower.

  16. baltimore was already football siberia for wr’s. so what does that say if you are a wr on their practice squad? yeesh.

  17. I’m so happy for Dez. Great football player and even better dude. A very prominent presence around the Dallas area and he’s always treated people with respect. Great for him.

  18. welcometothefold95 says:
    October 22, 2020 at 3:08 pm
    baltimore was already football siberia for wr’s. so what does that say if you are a wr on their practice squad? yeesh.

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    It tells me that he will do whatever is necessary to get back on a football team and he wants to do so with a contender. This also tells me that if he works out Boykin’s days are numbered. Even at 31 can you imagine a Dez Bryant with something to prove going up for a contested catch?

  19. As a side note, I do wonder if veterans are starting to regret not wanting to adjust practice squad rules before the CBA had been signed so they were always eligible like this. Although yes they would always rather be on the active roster it makes you think that a lot of careers could have been extended or at least had the chance to have them extended by practicing with the team for a few wks to show they still had it.

  20. Ravens need to get the run game back to where it was last year – and to do that they need to strengthen the O line. The Ravens O line just isn’t getting it done and it’s going to be a long year in B’more if this team can’t run the ball.

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    touchback6 says:

    October 22, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    mogogo1 says:
    October 22, 2020 at 12:11 pm
    I suspect you’ll see more of this with veteran guys. Pretty clever move: You can get the guy in and learning your plays on what amounts to an extended tryout/trial period without taking up a roster spot. If they look good, they’re ready to bring in immediately without an extensive adjustment period. If they don’t work out you never wasted a roster spot on them.

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    A “clever” move to take up a ps spot with a washed up WR who hasn’t pkayed in years?

    What’s next, sign Terrell Owens or Randy Moss?
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    Let’s be honest if this was Belichick making the move youd be on your knees for him telling him how great he is when your mouth wasnt full.

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