Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Dez Bryant had a solid reason to “Throw Up The X” after scoring a touchdown on Sunday afternoon.
Bryant caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, putting them up 26-0 at the time over Jacksonville.
It’s the first touchdown pass for the one-time Dallas Cowboys standout in three years.
The play evolved after Jackson took the snap, dropped back, and kept looking for open receivers downfield. He spotted Bryant, who made a diving catch for the touchdown.
Take a look at Bryant making the catch and throwing up the X.
Earlier in December, Bryant was in the lineup to face his old team, the Cowboys. It didn’t work out because Bryant tested positive for COVID-19. He learned about the positive test while warming up on the field. Bryant, due to NFL COVID-19 protocols, was pulled from warm-ups and didn’t play in the game.
Bryant did not play in a single NFL game between the 2017 season and November 2020. In the Week 11 loss to the Tennessee Titans, he caught his first NFL catch in more two seasons.
Needless to say, Bryant was excited for his first game against his former team since being released after the 2017 season.
Dez Bryant Not Only Raven Who Has Dealt With COVID-19
The Ravens have had a tough season when it comes to dealing with COVID-19 issues. They have had both players and staff members test positive, putting them in quarantine and out of action.
Also, the positive tests have meant that the NFL has had to reschedule some of their games this season. One notable matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers was slated for the prime-time Thanksgiving night slot. That game ended up being rescheduled three different times before they played one another.
Ravens backup quarterback Robert Griffin III, among other teammates, has called the NFL protocols into question.
“It’s not about whether or not guys want to play,” Griffin said. “It’s about whether or not our safety is actually being taken into account. I can’t say much more than that.
Furthermore, Griffin confesses that he was injured during the Dec. 2 game against the Steelers.
“I pulled a hamstring today. I’ve never pulled a hamstring in my life,” states Griffin. “You see guys going down left and right.” Griffin was replaced in that game by Trace McSorely at quarterback.