Baltimore Ravens Cut Brandon Stokley; Jacoby Jones May Be Getting Less Playing Time
The Baltimore Ravens‘ cut wide receiver Brandon Stokley, and brought back tight end Billy Bajema as the team is looking for depth at tight end, and they also have a good young core of wide receivers as the defending Super Bowl champions push toward the youth movement once again.
As for Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones, he returned to practice on Wednesday recovering from a sprained collateral ligament in his right knee as he has missed the last three games, and has practiced every day since then.
Some people would argue that Jones being back in the fold with Joe Flacco may provide a boost, especially given the fact that Flacco threw five interceptions last week.
“I would say he made a lot of progress, significant. He practiced the whole day today. He looked pretty good,” Ravens’ head coach John Harbaugh noted on Jones via the Baltimoresun.
It remains to be seen if Jones will be back in Week 5, But with all of that being said, Jones may very well have a hard time getting time in the Ravens’ offense due to the play of three wide receivers in front of him.
Torrey Smith is having a career year emerging as a No. 1 wide receiver, Marlon Brown is certainly surprising people as the undrafted rookie has three touchdown catches already this season and Deonte Thompson showed big-play abilities in Week 4 before he suffered a concussion. Thompson passed the concussion protocol test, but is going through further evaluation after practice Friday.
The wide receiver position in general this season has not been the problem for the Ravens’ offense. Much of the issues on offense have been centered around the fact that the offensive line is horrible at run-blocking, and average at best in pass-blocking.
Not to mention the tight end position with Dennis Pitta still recovering from a dislocated hip, is completely lost. Dallas Clark in the first-four games of the season has always been looking back at Flacco before the snap to get a better understanding of the play, and Ed Dickson has been totally useless as he continues to drop passes in every game this year.
At the end of the day, the Ravens will welcome back Jones into the fold, but the young players at wide receiver are certainly making a statement.
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