In a very busy weekend for the Baltimore Ravens as the team picked up veteran receiver Brandon Stokley on Saturday and now veteran tight end Dallas Clark on Sunday. I suggested the Clark signing last week, and you can read that here.
The season ending hip injury for Dennis Pitta and the current injury of Ed Dickson (slight hamstring tear) brought on this move. It’s a smart move even though Clark’s best years are behind him, he still brings a veteran presence and can still be effective on intermediate routes as well as in the red zone.
Much credit should be given to General Manager Ozzie Newsome and his staff for the signings of Clark and Stokley. The Ravens already have the speed receivers on the outside with Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones, the short passing game is covered by Ray Rice and the other backs, and now Clark and Stokley can take on the intermediate routes along with taking on the role of third down security blanket for Joe Flacco.
Stokley and Clark are 37 and 34 years old respectively, but nobody’s expecting to these guys to be Pro Bowlers; they don’t have to be. Just make the clutch catches on third down and keep the offense on the field.
With all the changes made on the defense, that unit looks like it could be a top ten defense again after a down year in 2012. Stokley and Clark were necessary pieces to help balance out the offense. A sixth straight trip to the playoffs is looking good at the moment. Kudos again to Ozzie and his staff.