Parting ways with Stokley shows the Ravens are more confident in their young receivers like Marlon Brown and Deonte Thompson. In fact, Thompson's strong showing in Buffalo (four catches for 50 yards) likely prompted the move.
The Ravens signed Stokley during training camp because they wanted a sure-handed veteran who could move the chains on third down. But the Ravens are now going with more speed and big-play ability by opting for Thompson over Stokley. Cutting Stokley is also an indication that Thompson was cleared to play Sunday after suffering a concussion last week.
Even though four wide receivers are listed as questionable, the Ravens are getting healthier at that position. Thompson made his 2013 debut last week after missing the first three games with a foot injury. Jacoby Jones has a chance of playing Sunday after sitting out the past three games with a sprained knee.
Stokley had been banged up recently. He was inactive last Sunday because of a groin injury and didn't practice Friday. Stokley caught nine passes for 79 yards for the Ravens in three games.