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Ravens sign WR Dez Bryant to the 53-man roster

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After joining the Ravens practice squad on October 27, veteran WR Dez Bryant has officially been signed to Baltimore’s 53-man roster. Bryant broke the news himself with a Twitter post on Saturday morning, expressing his gratitude:

Over the past month, Bryant had been elevated from the practice squad to active roster twice. Bryant first suited up against the Colts in Week 9 but played just two snaps. In last week’s loss to the Titans, though, Bryant’s role expanded significantly.

Bryant was on the field for over 50% of the Ravens offensive snaps in Week 11 and finished third on the team in targets (5), trailing only Mark Andrews and Willie Snead IV. He caught four receptions for 28 yards, including a key 16-yard reception late in the fourth quarter.

All of Bryant’s catches came behind the line of scrimmage, but the Ravens clearly made an effort to get him involved — a development that could continue moving forward. The Ravens have lacked consistency and playmaking on offense this year, so any contribution Bryant can make down the stretch could prove valuable.

This, combined with the fact that the Ravens currently have more than 14 open spots on the 53-man roster due to COVID-19, makes signing Bryant a no-brainer.