Dez Bryant Defends Lamar Jackson, Calls Out Ravens
By Max Staley
Lamar Jackson has proven a ton of people wrong since entering the league in 2018. But in a weird way, his MVP-winning sophomore season actually kind of worked against him in 2020, as many fans and analysts were hoping he'd make an even bigger leap, particularly as a passer.
That never materialized. Jackson was fine, if a tad underwhelming, in that regard last season, throwing for 2,757 yards and 26 touchdowns to 9 interceptions.
Dez Bryant, who played with the Baltimore Ravens in 2020, decided to defend his quarterback and called out the organization in the process.
While it's unclear who or what Dez is blaming, he's definitively saying Lamar is not the problem. That has to be music to Ravens fans' ears.
Taking an educated guess here, it's not too farfetched to think that the "issue" Dez highlighted is offensive coordinator Greg Roman.
Roman has done excellent work with mobile QBs in the past, particularly Jackson and Collin Kaepernick, but his offenses never seem to do much in the passing game. In fact, in Roman's eight seasons as an offensive coordinator, his teams have never ranked higher than 29th in pass attempts, or 23rd in passing yards.
His offenses have been bottom two in pass attempts in seven of his eight seasons as an OC. They've also finished bottom five in passing yards in six of those eight years.
Plenty of analysts around the league have also criticized the way Roman schemes up the passing game this offseason.
While we can't definitively say that Dez believes Roman is the problem, the OC's history in the passing game doesn't exactly inspire much confidence.
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