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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 6:03 pm    Post subject: Dallas Clark Signs Reply with quote

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Adam Schefter ‏@AdamSchefter 2h
Former Colts and Bucs TE Dallas Clark intends to play this season and a deal could get done this week, per ESPN source.


http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/ravens-insider/bal-ravens-tight-end-dallas-clark-have-mutual-interest-sources-say-20130811,0,670047.story

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The Ravens and veteran tight end Dallas Clark have strong mutual interest, according to league sources.
Although no deal has been struck yet, something could develop as soon as this week, sources said.
A former Indianapolis Colts Pro Bowl selection, Clark, 34, has strong connections to the Ravens through his relationship with offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell. Caldwell coached him in Indianapolis.


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Adam Schefter ‏@AdamSchefter 2h
Former Colts and Bucs TE Dallas Clark intends to play this season and a deal could get done this week, per ESPN source.


UPDATE:

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Adam Schefter ‏@AdamSchefter 1h
And there it is: Ravens announce they reached agreement with former Colts TE Dallas Clark.


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Aaron Wilson ‏@RavensInsider 34m
John Harbaugh: 'Dallas Clark is on his way to Baltimore right now.' His physical is Monday


FINAL UPDATE:

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Baltimore Ravens ‏@Ravens 1h
#Ravens have officially signed TE Dallas Clark. Waived undrafted rookie S Gary Walker to make room.


Another meh for me. From what I've seen Clark doesn't have anything left in the tank. If they team isn't impressed by Furstenberg then it makes sense but from most of what I've read that isn't the case.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't mind it because we need some veteran depth. Even if they don't beat out the young guys they can help them in other ways from the mental aspect of the game. Between him stokley and shiancoe we have veteran depth to compete with the guys we have. If the guys we have are who management think they are they should still win these competitions.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm skeptical how much guys like Stokely and Clark could actually teach the young players in only 2-3 weeks (assuming Clarks signs but they don't make the final roster). It certainly doesn't hurt to bring them in but I just don't think it's particularly helpful either. Especially Clark. It's sad to see how far he fell since his glory/Manning days but he's done. Stokely might have a chance at contributing. I don't think he would produce more than any of the other guys already on the team though. These "band aid" signings never impress me.

EDIT - Maybe impress isn't the right word. It's more like I don't have any faith that these guys will actually do anything.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

coordinator0 wrote:
I'm skeptical how much guys like Stokely and Clark could actually teach the young players in only 2-3 weeks (assuming Clarks signs but they don't make the final roster). It certainly doesn't hurt to bring them in but I just don't think it's particularly helpful either. Especially Clark. It's sad to see how far he fell since his glory/Manning days but he's done. Stokely might have a chance at contributing. I don't think he would produce more than any of the other guys already on the team though. These "band aid" signings never impress me.


I agree and disagree. Though, with how much we are seeing some young guys getting dinged up, wouldn't be bad to have these vets on the team and have some chemistry just in case one of our younger guys we expect to contribute right away goes down for a few weeks. We start off with a big AFC foe, so having a veteran ready just in case, I think, is a good idea. For instance, what if Shiancoe goes down and Dickson's hammy isn't quite ready for Denver? Or if Juice just isn't ready week 1? Can't hurt to have a guy like Clark able to play even just a week or two if necessary.

But, I do agree that these types of pickups never really amount to much -- I just think we may be looking into it to ensure we aren't relying on later round young guys week 1 against a big foe.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The thought of Dallas Clark in a Ravens uniform alone weirds me out. Didn't look right with the Bucs, either.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope we aren't keeping both him and Shiancoe.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bit worried this is an indication that Dickson is out longer than the team is letting on. Hammy problems are the sort that can linger for a while.

I think hopefully that it's Shiancoe vs. Clark for a roster spot, I think it would be redundant to keep both of them around and Furstenburg is intriguing. Clark can be a good mentor for both Juicecheck and Fursternburg as well.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another guy who has played for Caldwell getting a shot. It could just be a coach giving his former players an opportunity to show the league that they can still play. Perhaps Caldwell also thinks that Clark might be a better fit for the offence over Shiancoe. If nothing else, it ensures that nobody gets a roster spot by default.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 12:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I personally love this signing. He's a guy who knows Caldwell's system, is a good TE catching teh ball and getting open, and is reliable.

Just don't ask him to block.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

With this signing I definitely think we can see that the team is really putting an emphasis on having receivers that can "catch" the ball. We had a lot of gimme drops in that first preseason game. Shianco was 3/5 from what I saw (IIRC), Thompson dropped something like two receptions. Jacoby Jones could bring in one or two passes that he got his hands on. And even with Dickson, he's not a reliable catcher of the football. So you can imagine why the front office thought something needed to be done in that area. It's hard to build an offensive groove when guys are dropping passes left and right.

Clark may only be a poor man'a version of his old self at this point, but the kind of natural soft hands that Clark had isn't something easily forgotten. Clark might not get open like he used to be able to, but with his hands and some great ball placement, he's going to be an option that we can still force feed the ball to on 3rd down. And we're lacking in 3rd down specialists.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what im thinking is Clark will know Caldwell's system n what he does differently to the other is, he doesnt mind going over the middle and taking a hit. Much like pitta in that sense, none of our other WR'S will do that.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure that Stokley and Clark are necessary additions. Signing one seems like a good way of giving the receiving corps some valuable experience, signing both seems like overkill.

Shiancoe is doing pretty well in TC, and I've only heard good things about Matt Furstenburg, and about Kyle Juszczyk as a receiver. So I'm not sure I see Dallas Clark making that final 53 man roster.
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