Stokley and Flacco find chemistry quickly

Stokley and Flacco find chemistry quickly
August 23, 2013, 3:15 pm
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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco warms up prior to the game against the Atlanta Falcons at M&T Bank Stadium.

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Chemistry can be difficult to define, but Joe Flacco and Brandon Stokley seem to have it.

Stokley’s play was one of the Ravens’ bright spots during their 34-27 loss to the Panthers on Thursday night. Every time Flacco attempted a pass to Stokley, he caught it. Three targets, three catches, good for 43 yards. Two of those catches were for first downs.

This is why the Ravens’ signed Stokley, to be a chain-moving possession receiver, a go-to guy for Flacco in crucial situations. While the Ravens knew Stokley was a proven veteran, there were also questions. How much did he have left in the tank at age 37? How well would he fit into the Ravens’ offensive scheme? Those questions appear to have been answered – positively.

“He runs great routes,” coach John Harbaugh said of Stokley after Thursday’s game. “He does a great job of getting loose and getting open against pretty much every coverage. It was good to see.”

Expect to see more of Stokley once the regular season starts. From this vantage point, he’s a lock to make the 53-man roster. He doesn’t have to play the majority of snaps. But Stokley looks like he has plenty left as a situational possession receiver.