Ravens Sign Dez Bryant and Trade for Yannick Ngakoue – Are they making a push for the Super Bowl?
The Baltimore Ravens are on their bye here in week 7. However, they made a couple moves to get better instead of sitting on their hands. The team traded for star pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue and signed wide receiver Dez Bryant to the practice squad.
The former Jacksonville Jaguar was already drawing interest from Ravens GM Eric DeCosta. The problem was they were asking for a high draft pick which DeCosta was not willing to give up. After the Minnesota Vikings spent a 2nd round pick on Ngakoue, they started the season off 1-5 and realized it’s time to get some draft capitol. The Ravens sent over a 2021 3rd round pick and a conditional 2022 5th round pick for Ngakoue’s services. Ngakoue adds more pass rush to a team that was already in 2nd place in sacks in the NFL. However, 16 sacks against Washington, Cincinnati, and Philadelphia inflates the numbers. All of which are teams with less than stellar offensive lines.
Blitzing may work against those teams, but as we saw against the Kansas City Chiefs, you need to be able to get pressure while only rushing four. Ngakoue is here to solve that problem.
Former Dallas Cowboys star wide receiver Dez Bryant is expected to be signed to the Ravens practice squad. After flirting with the idea for so long, the Ravens finally decided to pull the trigger and bring him in. It’s clear the Ravens wide receiver room needs a boost, and they’re hoping Bryant will be that. While nobody is expecting 2014 Dez, he could at least bring some veteran leadership to a room that desperately needs it. Aside from Hollywood Brown, none of the other young receivers have been able to contribute as the Ravens were hoping. Lamar Jackson needs more weapons, and Bryant could at least be a red zone threat if nothing else.
Will these moves be the push the Ravens need to contend for a championship? It’s possible, however it’s clear the team still has some issues they could address. Another wide receiver addition wouldn’t hurt. The offensive line has also been a weak point for this year’s Ravens. They could be looking to potentially add someone to an already great secondary as they’re dealing with cornerback injuries. I’d keep an eye on Chargers defensive back Desmond King as a possibility.