With Stokley’s return, he’ll be the only member of this 2013 team that was on the 2000 championship Ravens team. Most importantly, Stokley fills a need that the Ravens definitely need and that’s a reliable slot receiver. With so much concern over the losses of Anquan Boldin and Dennis Pitta, Stokley can help alleviate some of those concerns. He can be the guy that moves the chains on third downs, he can be the go-to guy in the middle of the field and the red zone.
What does Stokley’s addition mean for the other receivers? A wake up call hopefully. Besides Laquan Williams, no other Ravens receiver really stood out in last week’s preseason win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The presence of a crafty veteran like Stokley should really help the younger guys like Tandon Doss, David Reed and Deonte Thompson. He could also help Torrey Smith to reach the next level of his game.
Stokley will also be reunited with Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell, who he played under with the Indianapolis Colts. Could Dallas Clark be next? Well, as of time of this writing, Clark has agreed to a deal in principle with the Ravens. I’ll comment more on the Clark signing in my next article. For now, I’ll continue on about Stokley.
Personally, I love the move. It’s yet another low risk high reward situation for the Ravens. Stokley still has plenty left in the tank at age 37 and he’ll be the security blanket that Joe Flacco needs right now. Welcome home Brandon, we missed you.