Will Ravens Give Dez Bryant An Opportunity Against Titans?

Veteran wide receiver on practice squad.
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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Dez Bryant has made some nifty one-handed receptions for the Ravens during practice. 

However, the veteran wide receiver has not been a factor in a game since being signed late last month.

That could change this week against the Tennesee Titans.

When asked whether Bryant might be elevated from the practice squad to play, coach John Harbaugh replied: "It's possible."

Bryant made his debut Week 9 in a 24-10 victory over the Colts, but he did not get a target in his two snaps. He was left off the team the following week in a 23-17 loss to New England.  

"We knew it wasn’t going to be a lot of reps," Harbaugh said. "I didn’t know how many it would be exactly, but we’ll just see going forward how it plays out. It’s really not something that I think we need to advertise. We’ll just see where it goes.”

The Ravens signed Bryant looking to boost a passing attack that is currently ranked 31st in the NFL behind the winless Jets. 

Bryant, 31, has played in 113 career games (99 starts), posting 531 receptions for 7,459 yards (14.0 average) and 73 touchdowns over eight years. He also has two punt return touchdowns, both of which he recorded as a rookie in 2010. Bryant has also appeared in three playoff games with 15 receptions for 218 yards and two touchdowns.

He's hoping to recapture some of that productivity in Baltimore, where he already feels quite at home. 

The deadline for promoting a player from the practice squad is Saturday at 4 p.m.

“Dez is doing a good job," Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman said. "He’s really getting caught up, [and] he’s working hard at practice [and] in meetings. It’s good to have him aboard. We’ll just keep working, and we’ll see where that leads moving forward. I don’t think there’s any real timeline right now, but I do think that if Dez keeps progressing, he will definitely become a factor in what we do.”