The Luke Stocker Revival TourAugust 18th, 2014
You saw him. Big No. 88, healthy at last, healthy at last, was spotted on the field with the first team offense on Saturday night.
And no, Luke Stocker wasn’t there to squirt Gatorade in Vincent Jackson’s mouth.
Stocker was in the action, first-team action. And Lovie Smith praised his first-team tight ends yesterday while saying he wasn’t terribly pleased by what he got from the second teamers (Tim Wright and Austin Seferian-Jenkins).
“I felt like our 1s definitely held their own; Our 2s didn’t do as well,” Lovie said.
Even more piling on came late yesterday: Tim Wright is in Lovie Smith’s doghouse. Lovie told BSPN that Wright is struggling blocking and catching.
So is Stocker now a lock to make the Bucs roster, assuming he stays healthy? One would have to think so on this August day — for now.
Saturday in Buffalo represents the “dress rehearsal,” per Lovie, for the regular season. If Stocker’s back playing with the first team, then it would sure seem like he’s going to stick. Joe wouldn’t bet against the Bucs keeping all four tight ends.