The Ravens have promoted wide receiver Dez Bryant to their active roster, indicating the former Dallas Cowboys All-Pro will play Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.
Bryant, who signed with the Ravens’ practice squad in late October, was elevated for the team’s Week 9 win over the Indianapolis Colts. He played just two snaps, both in the first half. With rookie wide receiver Devin Duvernay back to full strength Sunday against the New England Patriots, Bryant was not activated.
Because Bryant is listed as a replacement for quarterback Trace McSorley, who was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, the team has not exhausted its two allotted call-ups with Bryant.
The Ravens enter Week 11 with the NFL’s No. 22 passing offense, according to Football Outsiders’ efficiency metrics. Bryant, who hasn’t caught a pass in an NFL game since 2017 because of injuries, could be another target over the middle for quarterback Lamar Jackson.
Offensive coordinator Greg Roman said Thursday that Bryant, 32, has been working hard in practice and in meetings.
“We’ll just keep working and we’ll see where that leads moving forward,” Roman said. “I don’t think there’s any real timeline right now, but I do think that if Dez keeps progressing, he’ll definitely become a factor in what we do.”
The Ravens made other moves on offense Saturday, promoting newly signed tight end Luke Willson and offensive lineman Will Holden. Willson will help the Ravens’ depth at tight end, where Nick Boyle is lost for the year, while Holden can play tackle.
The Ravens will face a diminished Titans defense at M&T Bank Stadium. Star outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney was ruled out Friday, and starting safety Kenny Vaccaro was ruled out Saturday with a concussion. Tennessee has the NFL’s No. 24 defense, according to Football Outsiders.
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