“You Won’t See Me Blocking That Much”May 3rd, 2012
Luke Stocker is one guy Joe thought flashed strong blocking and solid route running in his limited action last season. (Of course, Greg Olson pretty much stopped calling his number, but that’s a song for a different day.)
The point is the Bucs must have a good feeling about Stocker’s blocking, as well, considering Kellen Winslow is a subpar blocker and they drafted a tight end in Drake Dunsmore, who has little experience playing smashmouth football at the line of scrimmage. Dunsmore explained to Buccaneers.com.
“If you turn on the tape of me, you won’t see me blocking that much over the last four years. But I’d say I’m an eager blocker. You’ll be able to tell that by the way I block as a receiver and a slot guy, and moving and going in motion. But I haven’t had the opportunity to block a lot in-line, and that’s something I’m really excited to learn from the coaches up there and the tight ends that are already in Tampa. I’m hoping to progress in that department.”
Joe, too, hopes the new tight end coach and offensive staff can really coach everything out of the Bucs’ young players.
Interestingly, ex-Bucs tight end Anthony Becht, a veteran of 11 seasons and a former first-round pick, said on WHBO-AM today that it took him three full seasons to learn how to block effectively at the professional level.