Dez Bryant praises Lamar Jackson ahead of Ravens workout: ‘He’s the man’
Dez Bryant is set to conduct a workout with the Baltimore Ravens, and the free-agent wide receiver unsurprisingly shouted out Lamar Jackson ahead of the showcase.
“He’s the man,” Bryant told TMZ Sports about the reigning NFL MVP. “Hell yeah. I’ve been rooting for Lamar since his Louisville days. Anybody that knows me knows that!”
Bryant was spotted at Baltimore’s BWI airport late Monday night by Jane Slater of NFL Network, who shared an image of the wideout on Twitter.
Slater also noted that Bryant confirmed his Ravens workout in a text message and that it’s expected to be held on Thursday pending the results of COVID-19 testing.
Landing at 10:31 pm EST. I’m told Dez Bryant was picked up in a white Range Rover curbside. He will undergo two Covid tests ahead of the workout with the expectation that it will happen Thursday if all goes well. https://t.co/URJ4nWeZ9r— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) August 18, 2020
When asked Monday about Bryant’s expected impending workout, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh demurred, saying, “The only comment I have is that we’re not commenting on workouts and who’s coming in.”
The Ravens are on the lookout for wide receiving talent that would help bolster Jackson’s weapons on the outside. While Jackson endorsed bringing in Antonio Brown, the enigmatic wide receiver will miss the first eight games of the upcoming season due to suspension.
On the Bryant front, Jackson reacted to the news of the upcoming workout on Tuesday.
“I been seeing Dez Bryant on Instagram and stuff like that,” Jackson told reporters, “running his routes, competing against cornerbacks and he been looking pretty good.”
After being cut loose by the Dallas Cowboys, Bryant caught on with the New Orleans Saints nine weeks into the 2018 season. His tenure with the team was a short one, as Bryant suffered an Achilles tear in one of his first practices. He sat out the entire 2019 NFL season amid rehabilitation.
Bryant, however, has been clamoring for an NFL job for some time now. Between his impressive workout videos and pursuit of “redemption” in a possible career resurrection, Bryant has positioned himself as an intriguing option for teams like the Ravens.