Ravens WR Dez Bryant records first catch since 2017 in overtime loss to Titans

Daniel Oyefusi, The Baltimore Sun
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In his second game of the season, wide receiver Dez Bryant recorded his first catch since Dec. 31, 2017, in the Ravens’ 30-24 overtime home loss Sunday to the Tennessee Titans.

Bryant, whom the team designated as a roster replacement for third-string quarterback Trace McSorley while he is on the reserve/COVID-19 list, reeled in a screen pass for 4 yards on the offense’s first play of the second half.

The 32-year-old finished with four receptions for 28 yards, both good for second on the team, including a 16-yard catch-and-run that led to a game-tying field goal on the team’s final drive of regulation.

In his first game as a Raven in Week 9 against the Indianapolis Colts, Bryant played just two offensive snaps and did not receive a target. In the lead-up to Sunday’s game against the Titans, offensive coordinator Greg Roman said Bryant was progressing well and had a chance to “become a factor in what we do.”

“Of course, being on the field is exciting, but I’m a natural competitor,” said Bryant, who was signed to the practice squad last month. “To me, wins and losses are the only thing that matters. I’m extremely happy to be a part of the Baltimore Ravens, and that’s the only thing that matters, is wins and losses. I don’t really care about anything else — I just want to win. That’s the only thing that matters, and I’m pretty sure that’s the only thing that matters to everybody else in this locker room.”

Bryant, the No. 24 overall pick from the 2010 NFL draft, has amassed over 7,000 career receiving yards and 73 receiving touchdowns. His 73 receiving touchdowns from 2010 to 2017 ranked second in the NFL during that span behind New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (76).

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