Jimmy Raye Won’t Tolerate Shabby BlockingMay 28th, 2012
Former Bucs TE Anthony Becht, who spent five seasons as the Jets’ great tight end hope before coming to Tampa in 2005, routinely has said in radio interviews that it took him three seasons to learn how to be a good blocker at the position.
Interestingly, in a recent chat with Tom Krasniqi on WHBO-AM, Becht said Bucs new offensive advisor/coach Jimmy Raye rode his ass hard about blocking when Raye joined the Jets in 2002. Coincidentally, that was Becht’s third season in New York.
Now Becht is no Hall of Famer, but he did craft a long career for himself, primarily as a blocker in later years. Becht started five games for the Chiefs in 2011.
The point here is that Becht’s message was that Luke Stocker likely will have Raye and others driving him hard to become a punishing blocker, something nobody is expecting from Dallas Clark.
Buccaneers.com penned a feature on Stocker last week that had Stocker chatting about how the Bucs will rely on him as Greg Schiano tries to run the ball like a 1970′s powerhouse.
“If you look at our roster, I’m one of the biggest tight ends we’ve got and one that has a little bit of experience blocking in this league,” he said. “I got some last year, so they’re definitely looking at me to be the guy that lines up and blocks the power and those kinds of things.”
Joe hopes Stocker can step up and “block the power,” which Joe expects to see plenty of this season as the Bucs take advantage off all things Carl Nicks and Davin Joseph.
That said, Joe was intrigued when rockstar general manager Mark Dominik quickly tendered Demar Dotson this offseason, a guy who routinely checked in as a blocking tight end in 2011. Joe won’t be surprised to see more of Dotson in that role.