Lamar Jackson defers to front office on possible Dez Bryant signing

The Ravens are bringing in Dez Bryant for an audition and QB Lamar Jackson spoke on the subject, providing an interesting response.

“We’ve got a lot of great receivers on the team right now,” Jackson said (team’s website). “It’s up to the front office. I’ve been seeing Dez Bryant on Instagram and stuff like that, running his routes, competing against cornerbacks. He’s looking pretty good on social media. If the front office likes him, we’ll have to see when he gets here.”

Jackson made it clear that he was open to bringing in WR Antonio Brown after Brown participated in workouts with Jackson this offseason. Baltimore decided against adding Brown, whose cousin, Marquise, plays wide receiver for the club. Jackson continues to talk up the wideouts that are on the team, calling them “workaholics.”


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Bryant Looking For NFL Comeback

If Bryant latches on with Baltimore and performs well, he’d certainly be in the conversation for the Comeback Player of the Year award, though he wouldn’t be the favorite in a stacked pool of candidates. However, setting proper expectations for Bryant is crucial. The Ravens are a run-heavy offense and it’s unclear exactly where Bryant, who is 32-years-old, would fall in the pecking order.

Bryant could be an option for the Ravens in the slot, as Michael Natelli of the EbonyBird explains. Willie Sneed and rookie Devin Duvernay are currently lined up to take those opportunities but Bryant, who’s shown the ability to be a physical receiver across the middle, ala Anquan Boldin, could thrive in that role.

This isn’t the first time the Ravens have flirted with the idea of adding Bryant. Baltimore offered him a three-year, $21MM contract back in 2018, though the wideout wasn’t impressed and turned it down.

Bryant caught on with the Saints in 2018 but unfortunately, he tore his Achilles before he could catch a pass from Drew Brees. He spent the 2019 season rehabbing in hopes of playing in the NFL again.

Dez hasn’t caught a ball in a professional game since December 31, 2017—his last with the Cowboys. Owner Jerry Jones spoke about the possibility of bringing Bryant back to Dallas earlier in the offseason, something Jones said he thought a lot about in the shower.

The Cowboys moved on from that idea when they drafted Ceedee Lamb in the first round of the 2020 draft. With Lamb, Michael Gallup, and Amari Cooper in the fold, Dallas had no need for Bryant’s services.

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