Stocker finished the 2016 season with five receptions (eight targets) for 23 yards and no scores over 12 games. The fifth-year pro once again dutifully served as one of the better blockers at his position in the NFL, battling a troublesome ankle injury that ultimately cost him four games along the way. Stocker's reception, target and yardage totals were the lowest of his career, as his job helping to clear lanes in the running game clearly takes precedence in the Bucs' offensive system. While Tampa didn't exactly enjoy prolific success on the ground this past season -- checking in as the 24th-ranked unit with 1,616 rushing yards and an average of 101.0 per game -- Stocker's veteran presence, familiarity with the offense and modest $1.7 million cap hit in 2017 seem to assure him of another season on the roster.
Stocker brought in his only target for one yard in Sunday's 17-16 win over the Panthers. The veteran's meager production represented the totality of what the tight end position yielded for the Bucs in Week 17, as they clearly missed Cameron Brate's (back) play-making ability. Stocker once again fulfilled his blocking responsibilities at a high level in 2016, while also contributing five receptions for 23 yards.
Stocker (ankle) is active for Sunday's game in Dallas. After full showings Thursday and Friday, there was little worry about Stocker's availability. He'll serve as the pass-blocking complement to fellow tight end (and receiving threat) Cameron Brate.
Stocker (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Cowboys. Stocker put in full practices both Thursday and Friday, so it doesn't seem like his ankle injury will prevent him from suiting up Sunday evening.
Stocker (ankle) was a full participant at practice Thursday, Jenna Laine of ESPN reports. Stocker missed last week's game against the Saints and was limited in practice Wednesday. His full participation indicates he's back to near full health and, barring any setbacks, he likely won't miss more time due to the injury.
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