Tom Crabtree, Luke Stocker On Thin IceMay 12th, 2014
Joe had thought that entering the draft, tight end was a deep position for the Bucs. No need for an upgrade.
In fact, Bucs general manager Jason Licht said as much after he drafted Austin Seferian-Jenkins out of Washington. But it was what Licht didn’t say that had Joe’s antennae perked up.
“We didn’t go into this draft thinking we necessarily had to get a tight end,” Licht said Friday night. “But when a guy [ASJ] is sticking out there like a sore thumb to us, we felt like it was time to pounce.
“We felt comfortable with Brandon [Myers] and Tim [Wright] going into” the second day of the draft.
Notice Licht did not say “Tom” or “Luke?”
Both tight ends, at least with the Bucs, have been injury-plagued. Stocker has never broken out as a starting tight end, despite many chances. Crabtree, who was known more for his blocking with the Packers than his catching, was injured early last season and never really got healthy.
Now Licht told Joe to his face last year that Wright looked really good in his first year playing tight end after being converted from a wide receiver. Never playing tight end before, Wright finished 16th in reception yards for tight ends and ahead of guys like Zach Ertz, Tyler Eifert, Brandon Pettigrew and Zach Miller. Not too shabby.
Obviously, the Bucs brought in Myers as a free agent. It’s doubtful the Bucs keep four tight ends, barring injury. And since Stocker cannot stay healthy and his play when healthy is suspect, and Crabtree has done little to earn his salary, Joe hopes these two tight ends are renting.