Evaluating Brandon Stokley and Dallas Clark

The Baltimore Ravens were at it again: more veteran signings.

This time it was re-uniting with wide receiver Brandon Stokley, who was drafted by the Ravens and won the Ravens first Superbowl title in 2001 and Dallas Clark, who is arguably one of the best tight ends ever (during his Colts era).

Last season, each player had respectable seasons.

With the Denver Broncos, Brandon Stokley played in 15 games (started nine) with 45 receptions for 544 yards with 5 TDs. His best game was Week 3 vs. the Houston Texans where he had 6 catches for 73 yards and a TD.

After many years with Peyton Manning, Dallas Clark ventured down south to Tampa Bay to join the Buccaneers. In 16 games (seven started) he had 47 receptions for 435 yards and 4 TDs.

So how will these veterans help the Ravens?

It has been well documented that Anquan Boldin was traded this off-season to the San Francisco 49ers. With that, the Ravens needed another receiver and preferably one coming from the slot. Stokley fits that mold. He also offers extended depth beyond Torrey Smith, Jacoby Jones, Deonte Thompson, Tommy Streeter, Tandon Doss and Aaron Mellette. A season like last year is definitely possible for Stokley.

The Ravens also lost their top tight end, Dennis Pitta, this off-season to a dislocated and fractured hip. To make matters worse, their other tight end Ed Dickson has a slight hamstring tear, though he figures to be back by the beginning of the season. Baltimore also signed another tight end in Visanthe Shiancoe, but is he really a receiving option? That’s where their newest tight end signing comes in…

Known as Peyton Manning’s sure-handed, no receiving gloves, taped fingered tight end, Dallas Clark has been widely regarded as one of the premier sure-handed tight ends.  In his career, Clark has 50 TDs and owns a 100-catch season from 2009 in which he totaled 1,106 yards and 10 TDs.

From a fantasy perspective, Clark may not have the yardage, but since he has the best hands of all the Ravens tight ends, he may become one of the their top red-zone threats. He will have a decent TD total but to some extent, that may depend on Ed Dickson’s health.

The Ravens have added more receiving options for Joe Flacco. Will they pay dividends?


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