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17 Feb 2010
PK notes on Twitter that the Ravens have added Donte' Stallworth to the roster.
Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 17 Feb 2010
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20 Feb 2010, 9:19pm by
A great sign for the Ravens. This could be the last piece for them, giving their young QB someone to throw to and opening up the field for Ray Rice. Finally the Ravens have a receiver who commands a double team. If Reed doesnt retire and the Defense can fight the aging curse one more year, this is a dangerous team with Stallworth, who by season's end will be their #1 if he can stay healthy.
If it weren't for the correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar, I'd swear that was a post by RavenJoe.
Nah. Raiderjoe is smarter then that.
Stallworth isn't a bad receiver. But he never is, was, or will be a #1 WR. He can be a solid #2/3 guy for 12 games, though.
If he breaks a tackle, will the announcer say... oh never mind, that's too tasteless. I'll stick to the easy "Stallworth pulled a hamstring" jokes...
Sports talk radio and sports message boards are the killing fields of intellectual discourse.
I'm looking forward to the incredibly awkward silences from announcers after they say things like "Stallworth just runs him over" and "the defender ran him down from behind!"
Announcers don't care about that stuff...they used the whole running over term 40 times this year with Marshawn Lynch after his incident.
He's got "run from the cops" speed!
The Gus Johnson quote is "He's got getting away from the cops speed"
Any dickhead can run from the cops, its the getting away thats the tricky part.
Except that a great number of cops are easy to run from. I have seen quite a few pushing 300 pounds or more. As long you can stay away from the roads and their cars, getting away is a lot easier from the donut eaters.
ever since the Saints drafted Marques Colston ..Stallworth has become a vagabond ...three teams and jail in 4 years is not a long term solution..I guess he replaces Mason?..how is this the final piece to the puzzle?
Well, he had a good 12 games as the #1B in Philly (11 starts, 725 yards, 5 TD), and had 697 yards as the #3 in New England. Then he went to the Browns and cratered, but their quarterbacking was terrible. To me, the evidence suggests that when he has competent QB play and is one of the top two WRs, he can approach 1000 yards and 7 TDs. And that's a big deal in Baltimore.
I just want to give props for remembering Guido Merkins. But where's the love for Junior Tautalatasi?
He put up 700 yards in a New England offense that may have been the best ever, and then lost his job to a combination of Jabar Gaffney and Kelly Washington.
If he gets 1000yds and 7TDS, its because he has 150 targets.
Kelley Washington had like 1 catch in 2007 (did make a bunch of great special teams plays though). Stallworth lost the job to Gaffney by the end of the year (basically the Ravens game where Jabar caught the winning TD). Gaffney is a totally solid, dependable receiver and people don't give him enough credit. Maybe they will after the 250 yard game or whatever it was that he put up this year in Denver.
Ah, you forget the fact that he didn't really "play" for the Browns much as he kept getting hurt warming up in pre-game.
This guy borders on terrible and this fits exactly with the rest of the Ravens WR's (as long as D Mas retires) as they all suck giant roosters
Stallworth isn't a number 1 because he's a stud, he's a number one in Baltimore by default. As much as it pains me to say because the guy should be in jail, The Ravens don't need a Steve Smith or a Reggie Wayne or a Fitzgerald. They need a guy who can keep 8 out of the box and stretch the field a little, and make you pay if you load up on the run. If you don't think Stallworth is going to break out, you'll see. Flacco will be thrilled to be throwing to someone other than the rotting corpse of D. Mason (who was a possession receiver to begin with), and Clayton (who never mastered that ball catching aspect of being a receiver). The Ravens don't need much to get over the hump, this is a leap in the right direction.
Flacco = ggood young talent
Stallworth = useless
Flacco + Stallworth = not much to write home about
Stallworth was supposed to do the same with the Browns taking heat off Braylon and opening up the middle for Jamal. None of that happened as the guy doesn't run route, can't catch that well, is a drunk, doesn't work hard, gets injured in warm ups and misses 5 games
In fact I bet he will miss the 5 games at min with some useless hamstring pull cuz he is too hungover to play football.
Las Vegas here I come
"Stallworth was supposed to do the same with the Browns"
Too bad he had Helen Keller and Franklin Delanor Roosevelt throwing him the football.
That gave me a chuckle
Mostly because there was a split second where i thought that hellen keller played tight end
He's a poor man's #2 receiver and on good teams a #3 or #4 receiver.
Now he's been raped by bubba for a year so I don't see him getting more than 200 yards and a TD.
I hope that's hyperbole. I mean Reggie Williams averaged over 400 yards per year during his career.
He spent 24 days in jail...so unless Bubba was really busy for three weeks, I doubt he got a year's worth of raping in.
I nominate this for the most positive spin ever by a homer fan.
"I doubt he got a year's worth of raping in."
That was absolutely beautiful.
Nobody in Baltimore sees Stallworth as a #1 WR, though some people here seem to think that's the case. Mason will probably be back, and the Ravens might invest a high draft pick in a WR, sign another WR (Owens), or trade for Boldin/Marshall.
It's a no risk play for the Ravens. If he gets hurt or sucks, he'll be cut. No biggie. If he can be a decent #3 WR, its a good investment.
Exactly, all he has to do is run deep stuff like gos and posts to occupy a safety and give the threat of play action with Flacco's cannon to open stuff up for Rice a bit. Then he can run some short stuff off that, slants and bubble screens since he's good with YAC. I'm not a huge Stallworth fan as I think he's pretty overrated but this signing still makes a lot of sense.
Stallworth won't make a huge difference, but he has to draw coverage from Mason and get a man out of the box, and he just might be able to do that. I see 575yds, 3 TDs tops. Any stud TEs in the draft? About time to draft Heap's replacement.
My guess is 49 rec 720 yds and 5 or 6 TDs which would certainly be an improvement over Mark Clayton.
5 or 6 TD's??????
11 catches 212 yards 0 TD's and 7 missed games due to hamstring.
I think if you look at his career up to playing in the anemic Cleveland offense, you will find that those numbers are very close to his yearly averages.
So who do the Ravens sign next? Michael Vick? Plaxico Burress?
This makes sense if it is step 1 of building a WR core. He certainly isn't going to scare away a 'diva' #1 receiver like Owens or Marshal. He also is probably competent to run slants, sluggo, and post patterns and won't need too much coaching attention pulled away from young draft picks.
I doubt the Ravens think this is 'the' answer. I could always hope, but I doubt it. /pitt homer
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