The Titans released Stocker on Thursday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official website reports. Stocker was signed by the Titans this offseason to provide some depth in the Titans' tight end room after Jonnu Smith left for New England. The 33-year-old isn't much of a pass-catching threat, but he may draw interest elsewhere as a blocking tight end.
Stocker signed a contract with the Titans on Saturday, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson reports. Stocker will add depth to a Titans tight end room that's now headlined by Anthony Firkser in the aftermath of Jonnu Smith's departure. The 33-year-old Stocker has never caught more than 16 passes in a season, and that career-high total came way back in 2012, so his biggest impact will likely come in a blocking role if he's able to make the team.
Stocker secured his only target for 13 yards during Sunday's 44-27 loss to Tampa Bay. Taking on his former team of seven years, Stocker made his fourth reception of the regular season's final three weeks. He tallied 43 yards with those passing-game opportunities against the Buccaneers, Chiefs and Buccaneers again, after totaling just three catches for 20 yards over his first 13 outings of the year. The veteran tight end is set to become an unrestricted free agent in March, but Atlanta could elect to bring him back due to his abilities as a blocker.
Stocker (elbow) does not carry an injury designation ahead of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Will McFadden of AtlantaFalcons.com reports. Despite remaining limited in practice all week, Stocker will be available for the Falcons' season finale Sunday, though he's yet to accrue more than three targets in a single contest this year.
Stocker (elbow) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, William McFadden reports. Stocker should have a fair chance at suiting up against the Buccaneers on Sunday as long as he can continue to practice, but Friday's session will likely be the key factor in determining his Week 17 availability. The veteran tight end only has six catches through 15 games.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/03||@New York Jets||8||2.00|
|7||10/24||Kansas City Chiefs||25||12.00|
|9||11/07||@Los Angeles Rams||16||5.00|
|10||11/14||New Orleans Saints||9||2.00|
|12||11/28||@New England Patriots||1||0.00|
|16||12/23||San Francisco 49ers||30||17.00|
|3 Year Avg||15||10||94||1||5||9.40||15|