Worried about the wide receiver position, the Ravens have signed 37-year-old veteran Brandon Stokley to a one-year deal, according to the Baltimore Sun.
Stokley caught 45 passes for 544 yards and five touchdowns playing for the Broncos last season. He was originally drafted by the Ravens in 1999 and played four seasons for them. Stokley became expendable to the Broncos after they signed Wes Welker in free agency. If Stokley signs with the Ravens, he will join the large contingent of wide receivers competing for playing time opposite Torrey Smith.
There is no guarantee Stokley would have enough left to help the Ravens. However, they need a reliable possession target for Joe Flacco, who has lost two of his favorite third-down receivers from last season. Anquan Boldin was traded to the 49ers, while tight end Dennis Pitta (fractured hip) has been lost for the season. Boldin and Pitta combined to catch seven of Flacco’s 11 TD passes during the postseason.
Among the receivers the Ravens already have in camp, nobody has separated himself from the pack. Wide receivers coach Jim Hostler admitted the unproven wide receiving corps is under pressure.
“You take our top two inside guys out of the equation, there’s going to be some pressure,” Hostler said. “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 make plays in critical situations. That’s where we’re at.”
If Stokley is signed, the Ravens will hope he becomes part of the solution.