The Baltimore Ravens cut veteran wide receiver Brandon Stokley on Saturday. On Sunday, the Ravens defeated the Miami Dolphins on the road with only three active receivers on the roster: Torrey Smith, Tandon Doss and Deonte Thompson. Jacoby Jones and Marlon Brown were inactive due to injuries.
On Monday, the Ravens brought back Stokley, according to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora.
Stokley was cut so the Ravens could bring back blocking tight end Billy Bajema for the Dolphins game. Bajema was cut after the blockbuster Eugene Monroe trade earlier in the week. It was a wise move to have Bajema for that game seeing as the Ravens went run-heavy with an offensive line that’s been struggling.
According to head coach John Harbaugh, Stokley has been dealing with a hip flexor/groin injury and wouldn’t have been available for that game anyway. Now that Stokley is back, the question is if he will be around for the rest of the season or be cut again down the road.
In my humble opinion, I think it’s only a matter of time before Stokley is cut again. Brown, Doss, and Thompson have all been working the slot, where Stokley generally plays. Those guys are younger than Stokley and have all been producing as of late. Stokley was a nice addition when he was brought back, but now that some the young guys have stepped up like the Ravens had hoped, it’s time to end this nostalgia trip.
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