Answering The Tight End QuestionApril 25th, 2013
Sandwiched in between Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey breaking his leg during the 2007 season and Martellus Bennett having a strong year with Big Blue last year, the Giants won a couple of Super Bowls without much of a focus at the tight end position — on the field or financially.
The Bucs offense under Mike Sullivan has a load of similarities to the Giants’, and right now the Bucs have ditched surehanded veteran Dallas Clark in favor of Luke Stocker and Tom Crabtree, unproven guys with 46 catches combined over five total years in the NFL.
So legions of Bucs fans are wondering whether in the hours-away NFL Draft whether the Bucs will invest in a tight end or let Stocker and Crabtree prove themselves.
Joe’s unsure what the Bucs will and should do.
If the Bucs aren’t going to use the tight end much, and plan to run the ball more with a healthy Carl Nicks and Davin Joseph, then why invest in a tight end? In that scenario, why not let Stocker have a defining year in this his third season?
On the other hand, a dangerous tight end would complete the offense. But Josh Freeman certainly already has more toys than most, and the Bucs were the ninth-ranked offense in the NFL last season.
The more Joe thinks about it, the more Joe wouldn’t mind having Clark back.