Stocker Soaking Up LessonsJuly 29th, 2012
“No wasted movement!” screamed visibly frustrated Bucs tight ends coach Brian Angelicho watching his TEs during catching and 1-on-1 blocking drills today.
Perhaps he was, in part, frustrated the many drops his unit turned out. Dallas Clark’s slippery fingers were evident again after a rough day Saturday. Drake Dunsmore and Zack Pianalto also missed easy catches.
Luke Stocker’s hands were sharp, but Angelicho was coaching him up consistently about making sharper turns after the catch.
“We’re working on the fundamentals and the details of it,” Stocker said. “As a tight end there are a couple of different breaks that we do, and we’re really trying to get the details down of putting our feet in the right places so we can maximize our speed coming in and out of our breaks.
Stocker also said the Bucs have a bit of a second tight ends coach, senior offensive advisor Jimmy Raye.
“Jimmy Raye, he kind of hangs around the tight ends a lot,” Stocker said. “You know, he has a lot of background with tight ends. He’s got 35 or 36 years of coaching, such a wealth of experience. He has tons of things to chime in and say to us and tidbits here and there. And you know everything he says is extremely valuable.”
One fun moment out of the tight ends work today, Stocker was playing defensive lineman while rookie hopeful Danny Noble (6-5, 248) tried to move him. Stocker was barely nudged.