In a span of 24 hours this weekend the Ravens added two players with a combined 24 years of NFL experience 858 career catches and 89 touchdowns. Wanting to add more depth at wide receiver and give quarterback Joe Flacco a couple of reliable veteran targets the Ravens struck deals with wide receiver Brandon Stokley and tight end Dallas Clark two former Indianapolis Colts who have familiarity with offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell. Stokley who has played four of his 14 seasons in the NFL with the Ravens and starred in the team's Super Bowl XXXV victory finalized his one-year deal Sunday morning and watched practice later in the day at M&T Bank Stadium. The 37-year-old will practice Monday. A 10-year veteran Clark 34 agreed in principle to a one-year deal and is expected to take a physical for the team Monday morning. If all goes well he could be on the practice field at the Under Armour Performance Center on Monday afternoon. "They're both veterans [and] they're both really accomplished players" said Ravens coach John Harbaugh. "We're excited to have them. By no means is anything guaranteed and they understand that. They wanted an opportunity to compete for a job. They'll be in competition for a job with the guys that are here and we'll see how things play out. That's how we like it." The Ravens had been eyeing a veteran wide receiver since the offseason trade of Anquan Boldin but several recent factors could have intensified their pursuit. On the third full-squad practice of training camp starting tight end Dennis Pitta went down with a season-ending hip injury costing the Ravens their best route runner and a red-zone and third-down target. Then in last Thursday's 44-16 preseason-opening victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers several of the Ravens' top wide receivers struggled. Jacoby Jones Tandon Doss and Deonte Thompson who are battling for the No. 2 and No. 3 receiver spots behind Torrey Smith were targeted five total times against the Buccaneers and they finished with one catch for 5 yards. Thompson also sprained his left foot in the game and will be out at least through Thursday's preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Ravens address receiving needs with signings of Clark and Stokley
Baltimore Sun | Aug 12