The timing and chemistry between Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and veteran slot wide receiver Brandon Stokley is starting to improve.

Stokley caught four passes for 36 yards during a 14-6 victory over the Cleveland Browns on five targets, converting a third down with an 11-yard reception to set up running back Bernard Pierce's game-winning 5-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

"I'm here to try to help this team win games," Stokley said. "That's what my role is, and anything that I can do to do that, that's what I'm here for."

Through two games, Stokley has eight receptions for 70 yards.

Since signing a one-year, $1.005 million contract in August, the 37-year-old has been working to get up to speed on the offense. He looked quicker after the catch against the Browns than he did during a 49-27 loss to the Denver Broncos to open the regular season.

"We have high hopes for Brandon as a third-down chain mover," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "He made some huge plays for us. To have that type of weapon is really important."

This marks Stokley's second stint with the Ravens. He caught a touchdown during the Ravens' Super Bowl XXXV win over the New York Giants during his original tenure in Baltimore.

"It's awesome," Stokley said. "It's just a great place to be."

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