According to GM Ozzie Newsome, the Baltimore Ravens could use a veteran wide receiver.
Following the trade of Anquan Boldin, the Ravens are left without a capable wide receiver to complement Torrey Smith. Some will say that Jacoby Jones proved his worth during Baltimore’s playoff run, but the team can’t rely on the inconsistent flanker.
A player they could rely on is veteran Brandon Stokley, who is still swimming around the free agent pool.
Don’t get me wrong; Stokley is far from a solve-all for the Ravens. What he does bring is a consistent threat in the passing game and production out of the slot. Right now, there isn’t a receiver on the roster outside of Smith that offers up that type of security for the Ravens.
While Baltimore brass are confident that young receivers Deonte Thompson, Tandon Doss and David Reed will all be ready to contribute, the Ravens need proven pass-catchers who franchise quarterback Joe Flacco can rely on. They don’t need inconsistent receivers who show up one game and are invisible the next.
At 36-years-old, Stokley is well past his prime. The fact remains, though, that he can still produce. Just take last season for example. While playing with the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning in 2012, Stokley hauled in 45 passes for 544 yards and five touchdowns. Not too shabby for a receiver nearing the end of his NFL career.
It’s still early, and the Ravens will likely wait to see what type of progress their young receivers have made this offseason. If Thompson, Doss and Reed don’t impress early, though, Baltimore could look to add a veteran like Stokley to help ease them through the beginning stages of the 2013 season.
Stokley isn’t a homerun, but he’s the type of dependable help that Flacco needs more of moving forward.