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The Wes Welker signing made Stokley superfluous in Denver. He still was on the open market ostensibly due to his age (37) and checkered injury history. To his credit, though, Stokley proved plenty capable down the seam, on underneath routes and in the red zone last season.
Stokley won't win outside matchups on his own, but the Ravens don't need him to do that with Torrey Smith, Jacoby Jones and Thompson as vertical threats. He simply will fill a niche role as a go-to inside target. Time will tell if Joe Flacco can channel the same chemistry that Stokley shared with Peyton Manning.