In a collection of tweets Tuesday night time, the huge receiver defined why he no means broke out of a restricted position with the Ravens final season.
“I spotted fast Baltimore wasn’t the place for me,” Bryant wrote. “No unhealthy blood. That is their method of doing issues so that you gotta respect it.”
Bryant, 32, returned after sitting out two seasons and totaled six catches for 47 yards and two touchdowns in six video games with Baltimore.
A 3-time Professional Bowl choice throughout his time with the Dallas Cowboys, Bryant lacked explosiveness with Baltimore and no means bought persistently open. He completed because the No. four huge receiver for the league’s worst passing assault, rating under Marquise Brown, Miles Boykin and Willie Snead IV on the depth chart. Bryant managed a complete of 129 snaps, or 21.5 per sport.
Responding to a fan’s remark that he ought to’ve been given a greater alternative, Bryant wrote: “It is arduous. I have been off nearly three years. I flashed my skills to the purpose [Ravens coach John] Harbaugh requested was I able to play as a result of he thought I used to be prepared …It’s a must to study the playbook … chemistry with the QB should be on level.”
Requested whether or not his chemistry was off with quarterback Lamar Jackson, Bryant wrote: “Our chemistry was good on and off the sphere. However it was guys there earlier than me who understood the offensive ideas higher than me. You may’t jeopardize that.”
Bryant grew to become the second Professional Bowl huge receiver to overlook two full seasons and return to the NFL because the 1970 merger, in line with the Elias Sports activities Bureau. Josh Gordon was the primary.
The Ravens first labored out Bryant in August, however he left with out a contract as a result of he was informed to enhance his conditioning. Baltimore introduced him again and signed him to the apply squad on Oct. 28.
After being elevated off the apply squad twice, Bryant was signed to the 53-man roster on Nov. 28. He no means eclipsed greater than 28 yards receiving in a sport and was held with out a catch within the Ravens’ two playoff video games.
“I wasn’t bothered about enjoying time,” Bryant wrote. “I loved myself. I met some nice teammates, guys I really feel like I shall be preserving involved for a very long time. I am grateful for the chance Baltimore gave me.”
The Ravens weren’t anticipated to deliver again Bryant. Upgrading the huge receiver group in free company and the draft was thought of one in every of Baltimore’s priorities.
Bryant, the No. 24 total choose of the 2010 draft, performed eight seasons for the Cowboys. In 113 video games, he caught 531 passes for 7,459 yards and a Cowboys-record 73 landing catches earlier than his launch after the 2017 season.
When requested whether or not he plans to play in 2021, Bryant wrote: “I plan on enjoying 2 extra years and that is it for me.”