Stocker will start at tight end Sunday against the Colts, as Austin Seferian-Jenkins has once again been ruled inactive. Stocker will get the starting nod, but look for the 6-foot-6 tight end to be used primarily as a blocker. The 27-year-old out of Tennessee has just two targets in the last four games, and six total on the season.
Stocker secured three-of-four targets for 22 yards in Sunday's 31-30 loss to the Redskins. Stocker received the starting nod over Brandon Myers and tallied his first three catches of the season. Much better suited as a blocker throughout his career, Stocker nevertheless has served as an occasional safety valve option for quarterbacks. The fifth-year pro filled precisely that role Sunday, working close to the line of scrimmage on his three receptions. Stocker could yield his starting role as soon as Week 8 against the Falcons if Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder) is able to return to the field.
Stocker (hip) is active for Sunday's game against the Redskins and will enter the starting lineup at tight end. It's not surprising that Stocker is available given that he practiced fully this week, but the fact that he's replacing Brandon Myers as the Bucs' starting tight end is a little bit more surprising. In any case, don't expect quarterback Jameis Winston to utilize Stocker much in the passing game Sunday, as he's never distinguished himself as much of a receiving threat during his time in the NFL. Additionally, Austin Seferian-Jenkins could be back at some point later this season, which would result in Stocker seeing a steep decrease in his snap count.
The Buccaneers have re-signed defensive ends Larry English and Lawrence Sidbury in addition to tight end Luke Stocker and linebacker Jason Williams, the team has announced. All four were set to become free agents Tuesday. Stocker was the only player of the four to not sign a one-year deal, getting a three-year extension with the team. Stocker played 13 games in 2014, totaling seven catches for 41 yards.
The Buccaneers have re-signed free agent tight end Luke Stocker on Saturday, according to the Tampa Tribune. Stocker, 26, caught seven passes for 41 yards in 2014. He has just one touchdown reception in his three years in the NFL.
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