Stokley brings element of surprise
Updated: November 15, 2004, 10:02 AM ETScouts, Inc.
Editor's note: Our scouts roll back the tape on Week 10 in the NFL:
Indianapolis QB Peyton Manning has excellent comfort with his No. 3 receiver, Brandon Stokley, who had five catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns against the Texans. Stokley rarely drew double coverage out of the slot and has more speed than most defenders realize. Slot receivers are usually "quicker than fast," but Stokley can run away from defenders, especially when Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne are drawing most of the defensive attention.
The Browns knew the Steelers would blitz up the middle, but they still could not stop it. The Steelers brought their linebackers and safeties inside, shutting down the interior throwing lanes for Jeff Garcia and forcing him to roll out and throw on the move. What the Browns weren't prepared for was the speed of the Steelers' defensive front seven, who never let Garcia get outside and break them down.