Stocker (hip) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game versus the Bears, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports. Stocker didn't practice fully all week, but he's been given the green light ahead of Week 3. The 32-year-old TE has logged at least a 30 percent snap share in each of the first two games, although he's received just one target as the second-string tight end behind Hayden Hurst.
Stocker was limited in practice Wednesday due to a hip injury, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The veteran tight end has played 25-plus snaps in both of Atlanta's first two games, but he's been targeted just once. Though he's apparently banged up coming out of the Falcons' 40-39 loss to the Cowboys in Week 2, Stocker's partial participation in practice should put him on track to play this weekend against the Bears.
Stocker re-signed with the Falcons on Friday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The veteran tight end has gone through COVID-19 testing, and he now prepares to rejoin the Falcons on-field for padded practice after being released by the team in March. Behind starter Hayden Hurst on the tight end depth chart, Stocker bolsters the position group with his run and pass-blocking skills.
Stocker agreed in principle Wednesday on a contract with the Falcons, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The veteran tight end was released by Atlanta in March, but he'll be back in the fold for training camp to add depth at the position. Behind presumptive starter Hayden Hurst, Stocker will vie for backup reps along with XFL standout Khari Lee, rookie Jared Pinkney, and a pair of holdovers from last year in Jaeden Graham and Carson Meier. Stocker doesn't offer much of a receiving threat, but he'll provide the Falcons with solid blocking if he's able to crack the Week 1 roster.
The Falcons will release Stocker, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Stocker, who caught eight of 14 targets for 53 yards in 15 games with Atlanta last season, will now look to catch on elsewhere as a depth tight end. The 31-year-old is off the fantasy radar, but his blocking ability should help land him a contract elsewhere.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/05||@Green Bay Packers||10||5.00|
|11||11/22||@New Orleans Saints||30||15.00|
|12||11/29||Las Vegas Raiders||13||6.00|
|13||12/06||New Orleans Saints||30||15.00|
|14||12/13||@Los Angeles Chargers||23||10.00|
|15||12/20||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9||4.00|
|16||12/27||@Kansas City Chiefs||21||10.00|
|17||01/03||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9||4.00|
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|3 Year Avg||13||9||83||1||4||9.22||14|