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Expect More Reps For Brandon Stokley, Dallas Clark


Brandon Stokley saw seven snaps in last week's preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons. Dallas Clark watched the game from the sidelines.

The two recent veteran acquisitions hardly had enough time to learn the offense before taking on the Falcons, and the Ravens did not want to rush them onto the field.

But in this week's preseason game against the Carolina Panthers, Stokley and Clark are both expected to play much larger roles.

"Both guys, I think, you'll see their reps go up this week," Offensive Coordinator Jim Caldwell said with a smile on Monday.

The third preseason game is the last opportunity to see the first team in action. The Ravens don't play their starters in the final preseason game, so Thursday will likely be the last chance for Stokley and Clark to get game reps with quarterback Joe Flacco before the season.

Since signing with the Ravens last week, Stokley now has six practices under his belt and Clark has five. They appear to have quickly picked up the offense, and both of them have worked with the first team during this week of practice.

"They're coming along within the offense," Caldwell said. "'Stoke' is learning his position. He's one of those guys who's been around the league awhile*… *Dallas is also learning. He's getting a good feel for what we do. We've immersed him in it and tried to get as much out of him as we possibly can."

In his preseason debut with the Ravens last week, Stokley was in on three pass plays and did not have any targets. The Ravens used him in the slot, which is where he's worked throughout his 14-year career.

Clark, a 10-year veteran, is known as a pass-catching tight end who can also work the middle of the field. He has taken practice reps as an in-line tight end, and also lined up in the slot at times.

Both of them have long tenured careers in the NFL, but joining a team this late in training camp is still a challenge to quickly assimilate into the offense. They have spent extra time working with Flacco, and leaned on their coaches to get them up to speed.

"It just takes work," Caldwell said. "I think you see [Flacco] out there early throwing to Dallas, working with him on some different routes and things of that nature. He does the same thing with Stokley. Every time they pop up in one-on-ones you see him move over and take a couple of extra throws."

The Ravens are counting on Stokley and Clark to develop into reliable targets in the offense, especially as Flacco needs pass catchers to step up. They have been thrown right into the mix with the starters, and they will have a chance to put the learning to the test this week against the Panthers.

"Hopefully we'll get them a few more snaps," Caldwell said.

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