In search of an experienced slot receiver, the New York Giants today signed 13-year veteran wide receiver Brandon Stokley. Rookie defensive end Justin Trattou was waived to make room for Stokley on the 53-man roster.
Stokley, 35, has previously played for Baltimore, Indianapolis, Denver and Seattle. He has played in 128 regular season games with 35 starts and his career totals include 338 catches for 4,673 yards and 34 touchdowns. Stokley has also played in 14 postseason games with three starts, including two last year for the Seahawks. His postseason totals are 43 receptions for 620 yards and six touchdowns, including a 38-yarder for the Ravens against the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV.
In 2010, Stokley was in training camp with the Broncos. He was placed on injured reserve, terminated with an injury settlement and signed with the Seahawks on Sept. 28. He played in 11 regular season games without a start and had 31 catches, with no touchdowns. But he started both of Seattle’s postseason games and had 12 catches for 158 yards and two scores – a 45-yarder against New Orleans and a nine-yarder in Chicago.
Stokley’s most productive season was in 2004, when he played in all 16 games for the Colts and had career-high totals of 68 catches for 1,077 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was a member of the 2006 Indianapolis team that won Super Bowl XVLI, though he was limited to four games that season by ankle, knee and Achilles tendon injuries.
The Giants have struggled to find a wide receiver comfortable working out of the slot, something that Stokley has specialized in throughout his career. If Trattou passes through waivers, expect the Giants to add him to their practice squad.