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Luke Stocker | Tight End

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 7/17/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 253
College: Tennessee
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ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas believes fourth-year TE Luke Stocker could be expendable after the team drafted Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
Stocker has done little since being the 104th overall pick in the 2011 draft. He's reeled in just 28 passes for 257 yards and one touchdown across 32 career games. Stocker is now fourth on the depth chart, behind ASJ, Brandon Myers, and Tim Wright. Stocker and Tom Crabtree are likely the odd men out. May 15 - 9:38 AM
Source: ESPN.com

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Bucs TE Luke Stocker is not participating in voluntary workouts this week due to an undisclosed ailment.

Stocker went on injured reserve with a hip injury in late September, but it's unclear if the two situations are related. "That's hurting guys like him," said coach Lovie Smith about Stocker not taking part this week. The fourth-year tight end has just one year left on his rookie deal and won't be handed anything.
Apr 23 - 5:02 PM

Buccaneers placed TE Luke Stocker (hip) on injured reserve, ending his season.

A 2011 fourth-round pick, Stocker has been a huge disappointment for a Tampa Bay organization that once envisioned him as a future starter and Jason Witten type. Stocker was completely ineffective in the two games he played this season. Stocker is signed cheaply for 2014, but may have to compete just to keep his roster spot. He's a No. 2- or No. 3-caliber NFL tight end.
Mon, Sep 23, 2013 04:21:00 PM

Bucs activated TE Luke Stocker (calf) from active/PUP.

Stocker is expected to be the Bucs' starting tight end, focusing on blocking. "He's not ready to go, but he was taken off PUP because he was going to do some things with pads on, which is the rule," coach Greg Schiano said. "He's moving in the right direction." Stocker remains off the re-draft league radar.
Mon, Aug 5, 2013 12:34:00 PM

The Bucs released their first unofficial depth chart and listed Luke Stocker as the starting tight end.

As expected. Stocker has the most talent of the Bucs' shallow stable of tight ends that also includes Tom Crabtree, Zach Miller, Danny Noble, and Nate Byham. Stocker has been missing early camp practices due to injury, however, and isn't an intriguing fantasy prospect in redraft formats.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Aug 2, 2013 01:07:00 PM

The Tampa Bay Times projects Luke Stocker as the Bucs' starting tight end but admits he'll face "serious competition."

Beat writer Stephen Holder is giving the nod to Stocker based on his experience in the offense and his draft position. Tom Crabtree will likely give Stocker his biggest challenge, but the Bucs reportedly internally believe both Danny Noble and Nate Byham have "legitimate upside." Even if Stocker wins the job, he isn't a very intriguing fantasy prospect in redraft leagues.
Mon, Jul 15, 2013 07:57:00 PM

The Tampa Bay Times suggests that Luke Stocker is currently penciled in as the Bucs' starting tight end.

Not breaking news. Behind Stocker on the depth chart are a host of players just hoping to make the team. Tom Crabtree is the biggest threat, but he has all of 18 career catches in 46 games. The Bucs reportedly have "a lot of confidence" in 6-foot-5 Stocker, but he isn't an intriguing fantasy option in redraft formats.
Sun, May 26, 2013 11:44:00 AM

The Tampa Bay Times believes the Bucs have "a lot of confidence" in third-year TE Luke Stocker.

Stocker, a fourth-round pick out of Tennessee, has just 28 catches for 257 yards and a touchdown across his first 30 career games. The 6-foot-5, 253-pound tight end ended the season on a high note with three catches for 50 yards in the Week 17 finale last season, and he is currently penciled in as the starter. Dallas Clark is a free agent, and he is not expected to be re-signed.
Wed, May 1, 2013 08:38:00 PM

The Tampa Bay Times tentatively projects Luke Stocker as the Bucs' starting tight end.

The Bucs have not shown any inclination to bring back free agent Dallas Clark yet. That leaves them with Stocker and Tom Crabtree, two plodders that haven't put much more than blocking on tape throughout their careers. Perhaps the Bucs will add some speed to their tight end room via the draft.
Thu, Apr 4, 2013 11:02:00 AM

Bucs TE Luke Stocker missed the team's second preseason game with a head injury.

The Bucs aren't saying whether Stocker was concussed, but he's been medically cleared and will return to practice on Monday. Stocker had one catch for 14 yards in the preseason opener. We believe he will help the Buccaneers' offense as a do-it-all tight end this season, but will struggle for any fantasy impact.
Sun, Aug 19, 2012 02:02:00 PM

The Tampa Bay Times doesn't believe Luke Stocker will play a major role as a receiver this season.

In new coordinator Mike Sullivan's scheme, the priority is going to be the run game. "Certainly that's a point we hope he can get to, to hold that point of attack," tight ends coach Brian Angelichio said. On passing downs, Dallas Clark figures to be the primary tight end.
Fri, Jun 22, 2012 12:02:00 PM

Bucs GM Mark Dominik described second-year TE Luke Stocker as an "every-down tight end" in his Monday announcement of the Kellen Winslow trade.

The announcement also confirmed the acquisition of Dallas Clark, who figures to play second fiddle to the more well-rounded Stocker. Stocker will be the Bucs' in-line tight end, often staying in to block. Clark will enter the game on obvious passing downs. We don't expect either player to be a major fantasy factor.
Tue, May 22, 2012 12:54:00 AM

Bucs TE Luke Stocker left Sunday's Week 17 game against the Falcons with an elbow injury and will not return.

Stocker's rookie season ends with 12 catches for 92 yards and no touchdowns in 14 games. With Kellen Winslow under contract and surprisingly healthy throughout this year, Stocker holds little upside.
Sun, Jan 1, 2012 06:30:00 PM

Buccaneers No. 2 TE Luke Stocker is "week to week" with a knee injury.

Stocker will miss this week's game against the 49ers, and they'll play it by ear from there. The fourth-rounder out of Tennessee has caught five passes for 59 yards in four games this season. Zack Pianalto and Collin Franklin are next on the depth chart behind Kellen Winslow.
Thu, Oct 6, 2011 03:12:00 PM

Rookie Luke Stocker has "has nailed down the opportunity to start opposite" Kellen Winslow in two-tight end sets.

Stocker has picked up blocking schemes and assignments at an impressive rate after missing the early portion of camp with a hip injury. Beat writer Roy Cummings believes Stocker's presence will allow the Bucs to move Winslow around more to exploit mismatches, especially in the red zone.
Tue, Aug 30, 2011 07:46:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Josh McCown
2Mike Glennon
RB1Bobby Rainey
2Charles Sims
3Mike James
4Doug Martin
GLB1Bobby Rainey
2Charles Sims
3RB1Bobby Rainey
2Charles Sims
FB1Jorvorskie Lane
WR11Vincent Jackson
2Louis Murphy
3Marcus Thigpen
WR21Mike Evans
2Robert Herron
3Russell Shepard
WR31Louis Murphy
TE1Austin Seferian-Jenkins
2Brandon Myers
3Luke Stocker
K1Patrick Murray