Dez Bryant’s last action in the NFL came in 2017 for the Dallas Cowboys when he had 69 catches for 838 yards, but that hasn’t stopped the mid-2010s fantasy stud from thinking he still has something to offer NFL teams. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero is reporting Dez will get a workout this week with the Ravens.
Why would the Ravens bother kicking the tires on Dez? There are a few good reasons why you do this in 2020:
- It doesn’t cost anything to kick the tires
- Lamar Jackson’s top receiver in 2019 was tight end Mark Andrews — A TIGHT END
- The AFC North is going to be a dogfight; the Ravens have to load up and if Dez has tread left, it doesn’t cost much to add him
- He’s not under suspension by the NFL like Antonio Brown
Will it matter if the Ravens do sign Dez (turns 32 in November) and give him 25 targets? Probably not in the grand scheme of things, but John Harbaugh has a couple of guys entering their sophomore seasons — Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin — to go along with Willie Snead IV. Harbaugh could be looking at Dez as a veteran to keep these guys bonded this fall when it could be easy for young guys to lose focus. That’s right, Dez could be a veteran presence signing.
Dez would be back in the league and a simple Monday morning cut away from being out of the league so Harbaugh could very easily make it clear to Dez they want him to keep these young guys out of trouble. Dez could end up Team MVP if he fulfills that role for 17 weeks.
This has been in the works for a while. Dez hasn't played in a game since 2017, but he's in shape, motivated, and intends to play in 2020.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 17, 2020
Now Dez, we need you to fill a very specific role. You will not get the ball like back in the day. You good with that?
All I want to say is I told you
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) August 14, 2020