What Will Stallworth Add?

Head Coach John Harbaugh and Donte’ Stallworth’s teammates talk about the wideout’s return.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Thursday, October 28th, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh said he doesn’t yet know whether wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth will be back in uniform against Miami on Nov. 7.

Stallworth said that was his aim and he was at the Ravens’ training facility Wednesday – after most other players went home for some rest – working out alone in the rain.

"He thinks he’s going to be," Harbaugh said. "So, we’ll keep our fingers crossed."

Either way, it’s not too soon start thinking about what Stallworth will add to the Ravens’ offense.

Last week, Stallworth said he didn’t know where he would fit in. But his teammates and head coach have an idea how.

"Everybody knows Donte’ is a fast guy," wide receiver Anquan Boldin said. "He’s able to stretch the field. He just brings another playmaker to the offense."

"As you know, he’s an explosive guy," Harbaugh added. "He’s kind of a little different than the other three [receivers] that are playing mostly right now, so that should help us."

The Ravens already have the NFL’s leading receiver trio in terms of career receiving yards with Anquan Boldin, Derrick Mason and T.J. Houshmandzadeh – a unit that has played well over the course of the season.

But Stallworth is considered the fastest of the bunch, even by his teammates. He showed off his speed during an impressive offseason in Baltimore.

"Teams are going to have to prepare for some different packages when we get him back," quarterback Joe Flacco said. "And hopefully, he can stretch the field for us a little bit and at least scare some teams."

So far, the Ravens’ longest passing play of the season traveled 58 yards and went to rookie tight end Ed Dickson. Of the receivers, Mason has the longest play of the season with a 40-yard snag in Pittsburgh.

It appeared as if Stallworth was headed for the No. 3 slot before he injured his foot in the Ravens’ third preseason game. Houshmandzadeh was signed not long after, and he’s made nine receptions in seven games as Baltimore has plenty of weapons to go to this season.

So is there enough room left for Stallworth to see some passes when he does return?

"You know, we’ve got a lot of guys on this team that demand the ball and are good at doing things with the ball," Flacco said. "So obviously, we’re going to have to be patient with him and let things happen. But we’ll definitely see in the next coming weeks, because we’ll definitely try things."

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