OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Two years after saying his launch from the Dallas Cowboys was “very private,” Baltimore Ravens large receiver Dez Bryant mentioned he is hyped to play his former crew on Tuesday for the primary time — however the reunion is not a grudge match.
“For probably the most half, it is water underneath the bridge,” Bryant mentioned Saturday. “That is two years. I had time to get myself collectively. You bought to ahead with life as a result of life is not going to attend on you. Time waits on nobody. I needed to get myself collectively and transfer ahead.”
Bryant, 32, was a three-time Professional Bowl participant throughout his eight seasons with the Cowboys, totaling 531 receptions for 7,459 yards and a franchise-record 73 touchdowns. He was launched in April 2018 in a 20-minute assembly.
In a tweet shortly after his release, Bryant made it recognized that it wasn’t his resolution to half methods with the Cowboys, writing: “If I did not have my edge I received it now … I am sorry they received to really feel me. It is private … it’s extremely private.”
When the Cowboys play in Baltimore on Tuesday evening, Dallas can have a special head coach (Mike McCarthy as a substitute of Jason Garrett) and a special quarterback (Andy Dalton rather than the injured Dak Prescott). However Bryant has loads of different ties to the Cowboys, which makes this recreation so particular to him.
“It is cool. I am excited. I am wanting ahead to it,” Bryant mentioned. “A variety of these guys on that crew, I do know [and] I am actual good buddies with. I believe once we line up throughout from each other, it is going to be enjoyable. It should be an thrilling second.”
What Cowboys working again Ezekiel Elliott remembers probably the most about Bryant was his vitality and mentality, saying how he would go up and assault the soccer is unmatched.
“I believe it is going to be enjoyable,” Elliott mentioned. “Dez was an incredible teammate. Considered one of my favourite teammates of all time. Even higher participant. I believe it is undoubtedly nice to see him getting his shot once more. I want him the very best.”
A couple of days in the past, Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones advised 105.3 FM in Dallas that he was blissful to see Bryant on the sector, however he was “just a little frightened” as a result of he is aware of how Bryant can pull down passes.
“He is very passionate; I am very passionate,” Bryant mentioned of Jones. “I believe that is why our relationship clicked the best way that it clicked. One factor I’ll at all times have for Mr. Jones is respect. I am grateful that he drafted me and gave me a possibility to play for this franchise. I am a Texas boy. I grew up a Cowboy fan. I am grateful for that. However I am right here. I am excited to be a Baltimore Raven. I am wanting ahead to going up in opposition to these guys.”
After initially becoming a member of the Ravens apply squad on Oct. 27, Bryant was signed to the lively roster 4 weeks later. In three video games, Bryant hasn’t made a lot of an affect on the NFL’s Thirty first-ranked passing assault, making 4 catches for 28 yards.
“I believe Dez has been a real professional for the reason that second he received right here,” Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman mentioned. “His angle has been nice each week. I am positive there’s an additional glimmer this week for him.”
ESPN’s Todd Archer contributed to this report.