The Ravens appear to be on the verge of bringing back one of the heroes of their first Super Bowl victory in 2001.
In need of some receiver help, Baltimore plans to sign veteran wideout Brandon Stokley, according to The Sun.
Stokley, 37, is entering his 15th season in the NFL and his second stint with the Ravens, the team that drafted him in 1999.
Last year, Stokley made 45 catches for 544 yards and five touchdowns with the Denver Broncos. In his career, he has 344 receptions for 5,224 yards and 39 scores in 146 games with the Ravens, Colts, Broncos, Seahawks and Giants.
Stokley is perhaps best known in Baltimore for catching a touchdown pass in Super Bowl XXXV, helping the Ravens to a 34-7 win over the Giants.
Despite an impressive showing from several backups in Thursday’s preseason opener, the Ravens appear to have a clear need at wide receiver. The first-team offense didn’t appear to have much cohesion and quarterback Joe Flacco seemed to have difficulty finding open options who weren’t backs.
Torrey Smith had two catches against Tampa Bay and Deonte Thompson had one before leaving the game with an apparent leg injury.
Earlier today, wide receivers coach Jim Hostler talked to the media about the team’s situation with Anquan Boldin gone and Dennis Pitta out for the year.
“You take our top two inside guys out of the equation, there’s going to be some pressure,” Hostler told reporters. “Guys are going to have to step up. Guys are going to have to do things that they’ve never done before. They’re going to have to carry the team. They’re going to have to make plays in critical situations. That’s where we’re at. We’ve got a lot of guys outside. We’ll be fine. We can run; we’ve got a lot of speed.
“We’ve just got to find those couple guys inside that can go in there on third down and make plays in critical situations to move the chains. And that’s where we’re at - we’re trying to discover those guys. We’ve got a couple (guys) that we’ve got that are working, that are good players. They just ... Nobody knows them. So until they do it, we’re going to be answering that question the rest of the year.”
Stokley should help quiet those questions as an experienced productive slot receiver.