Stocker Soaking Up Lessons

July 29th, 2012

“No wasted movement!” screamed visibly frustrated Bucs tight ends coach Brian Angelicho watching his TEs during catching and 1-on-1 blocking drills today.

Perhaps he was, in part, frustrated the many drops his unit turned out. Dallas Clark’s slippery fingers were evident again after a rough day Saturday. Drake Dunsmore and Zack Pianalto also missed easy catches.

Luke Stocker’s hands were sharp, but Angelicho was coaching him up consistently about making sharper turns after the catch.

“We’re working on the fundamentals and the details of it,” Stocker said. “As a tight end there are a couple of different breaks that we do, and we’re really trying to get the details down of putting our feet in the right places so we can maximize our speed coming in and out of our breaks.

Stocker also said the Bucs have a bit of a second tight ends coach, senior offensive advisor Jimmy Raye.

“Jimmy Raye, he kind of hangs around the tight ends a lot,” Stocker said. “You know, he has a lot of background with tight ends. He’s got 35 or 36 years of coaching, such a wealth of experience. He has tons of things to chime in and say to us and tidbits here and there. And you know everything he says is extremely valuable.”

One fun moment out of the tight ends work today, Stocker was playing defensive lineman while rookie hopeful Danny Noble (6-5, 248) tried to move him. Stocker was barely nudged.

14 Responses to “Stocker Soaking Up Lessons”

  1. RastaMon Says:

    Lot of folks were trashing Stocker last season and off….I saw him do good things in college ball…he was injured this time last preseason and never got his feet under himself

  2. Knucknbuc Says:

    I think Clark will probably be a bum this year dude just doesnt have it anymore. He might be a second te at best. He is pick up were he left off the past year with having questionable hands. Stocker better show up because well gonna need someone to pick up the slack.

  3. espo Says:

    Unfortunately we have a blocking tight end and a receiving tight end. I wish someone would emerge as well rounded.

  4. Bucfan1532 Says:

    Sticker needs to show up. I still question the acquisition of Clark.

  5. thomas two point two Says:

    Let’s all just be thankful that we don’t have that overrated idiot K2 on this team anymore.

    The team immediately got better once he was shipped out.

    Adding Clark or Stocker and Martin to the offense (in addition to Nicks and VJ) makes us much, much better.

  6. Stevek Says:


    100,000,000% agree about Winslow.

    He is not a team player.

  7. Stevek Says:

    I hope Stocker can help us win some games. Dom said “Stocker is a 2nd round talent”.

    Hope Luke and team can just stay healthy.

  8. FreemanBomb5 Says:

    I’ll bet my last dollar Winslow is more productive then Clark and Stocker

  9. Bucky23 Says:

    @freeman bomb…
    His team will also be worse. His production wasn’t the reason he was released. He tears down his team and people around him with is selfish attitude. An NFL team has never won a playoff game with K2 on the roster

  10. Eric Says:

    Jimmy Raye is horrific, pure and simple.

    Anyone who lived through his tenure as OC here in Tampa knows this.

  11. Stevek Says:

    Anyone is better than Greg Olsen.

  12. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    How exactly did Winslow tear down the team around him? You guys act like he was the second coming of Keyshawn Johnson.

    Regardless, I’ve always felt good about Stocker. He’s one of the guys I felt got a bum deal last year…when the team was never taught to play properly.

  13. Ladyz Says:

    I believe that Clark will come around, he just needs to get settled in. Remember his last season was sorta like ours here. Put a pair of gloves on this man.

  14. Eric Says:

    Clark may be the founder of the “manning made be look good” club, I fear.