EARLY BIRD: Will Stokley be a contributor for Ravens?

EARLY BIRD: Will Stokley be a contributor for Ravens?
November 22, 2013, 7:00 am
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EARLY BIRD: Waking up with the Ravens, before Sunday’s game against the Jets.

Two-minute topic: Will wide receiver Brandon Stokley be a contributor before the season ends?

This has been a frustrating season for Stokley, who has not caught a pass since Sept. 22, and who has been bothered by a lingering hamstring. However, Stokley practiced this week and hoped that he might be on the active roster for Sunday’s game against the Jets.

“I feel like I’m full speed,” Stokley said. “It’s been awhile, I can’t even remember the last time I said that. It definitely feels good to be able to put in a full week of practice, knowing I’m getting in football shape and can hopefully help this team soon. This process has been a lot longer than I thought it would be.”

Stokley said he did not know what was in store for him Sunday, whether he would dress, and if so, how much he would play.

“It’s up the coaches,” Stokley said. “Whatever they decide, I’m just out here working, trying to help this team win football games. Whatever they decide is best to help this football team on Sunday, I’m behind.”

Though he is 37 years old, and clearly on the downside of is career, Stokley still believes he can help the Ravens (4-6), just like he believes the team can still make a playoff run. But at this point, it must be proven.

“You can’t talk about it,” Stokley said. “But you got to go out there on Sunday and play a full 60-minute game and win. We can be as confident as we want, but if we don’t go out there and perform well, it doesn’t matter.”

If Stokley gets a chance Sunday, he says he won’t be rusty. “I’ve had a lot of time off, but this is my job,” Stokley said. “If I’m out there, I’ll expect to do my job.”

Morning thought: “We know what’s on the line. We know if we drop some games, or even one game, that we might not be in the hunt.” – Wide receiver Torrey Smith, talking about the Ravens being 4-6.

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