Wake-up caw: Ravens bring back Stokley
October, 9, 2013
By Jamison Hensley | ESPN.com
Here's your Wednesday edition of the Wake-up caw ...
- As expected, the Ravens re-signed wide receiver Brandon Stokley three days after cutting him and released tight end Billy Bajema, according to the team's official website. Stokley wasn't going to play last Sunday because of a groin injury, and this move essentially gives the Ravens a 54-man roster because no one is expected to pick up Bajema. This is the third time that Bajema has been cut by the Ravens this season. Stokley has nine receptions for 79 yards in his first three games.
- Asked if the offense lacks intensity, The Baltimore Sun's Mike Preston wrote: "It is hard to have intensity when the running backs are struggling to get to the line of scrimmage and the wide receivers drop more balls than they catch. As for the predictable part, the coaching staff needs to help quarterback Joe Flacco out. The long developing, deep routes need to be cut in half." What hurts the Ravens is the inability to run the ball consistently. A lot of that goes back to having the confidence and the attitude to push defenses around.
- Defensive coordinator Dean Pees talked about the importance of winning first down after the Ravens struggled in that area in Buffalo. The Press Box pointed out that the Ravens didn't have that same problem last Sunday in Miami. Seven of the Dolphins' 11 running plays came on first down, and those seven runs gained only 31 yards.
- Rookie fullback Kyle Jusczcyk played two offensive snaps and had his first NFL pass thrown his way in Miami (he didn't catch it). “We’d like to see more with him,” coach John Harbaugh said, via the team's official website. “I think he’s coming on. [He’s a] talented guy, and we’re looking forward to seeing how we can develop him even more.”