Stocker Returns To The Spotlight

September 12th, 2014


There’s no official word yet, but manbeast rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins won’t play Sunday after walking around with his bad ankle in a boot and not practicing this week.

And that puts Resurrection of the Year candidate Luke Stocker in a glaring spotlight.

Stocker hasn’t been relevant since he caught eight Josh Freeman passes in the last three games of the 2012 season, before marching into the offseason as the clear No 1 tight end. But during intensive, summer sprinting to prepare for Greg Schiano’s grueling conditioning test on Day 1 of training camp, Stocker tore his calf muscle and was never the same. He landed on injured reserve last September with a bad hip.

Stocker will be relevant again on Sunday.

The Bucs’ offense often uses two tight ends, and Joe suspects there will be plenty of Stocker seen on the left side, finding openings in the defense when he’s not helping Anthony Collins block Rams defensive end Robert Quinn, especially given that the other Rams stud DE, Chris Long, is out injured.

Damn, Stocker, 26, could be poised for a career game. Joe can already feel the excitement of faithful Bucs fans who drafted Stocker for their fantasy teams.

13 Responses to “Stocker Returns To The Spotlight”

  1. Evan Says:

    Stocker’s good on Madden.

    That is help to no one, though..

  2. Ray Rice Says:

    Can he play right guard instead? He’s a hell of a blocker.

  3. Joseph Mamma Says:

    Wow Claybourne’s season’s done it looks like, WOW.

  4. Patrick in VA Says:

    A source told me that they’re having open tryouts at One Buc for the DE position. No pass rushing or run stopping ability necessary. Only requirement is that your bank be able to handle the enormous checks that you’ll be getting for showing up on time to practices and games.

  5. Buccfan37 Says:

    I hope Stocker has a great game Sunday, so as not to become a grocery stocker. Go Bucs!

  6. FLBoyInDallas Says:


    That is simply not true. I showed up this morning, ON TIME, for the tryout and I even had a voided check ready for them to make the first deposit. All they did was laugh and gave me some lunch money and sent me on my way.

  7. Tomcin Says:

    With the injuries piling up, Smith will have plenty excuses when they lose.

  8. robert9 Says:

    again I say….. how’s that tim wright trade looking now.

    ASJ is out, Mankins is hobbled and we lost a 4th round pick…oh and spent a load of cash..

    congrats to all the cheerleaders when the deal was done

  9. Patrick in VA Says:

    My source was Bill Sheridan so………

  10. Patrick in VA Says:

    @Robert9 – They definitely should’ve seen these injuries coming. On a related note, I was saying on a Ravens blog earlier today that they should’ve traded Rice in the offseason to avoid dealing with all of this stuff they’ve got going on now. These dumb GMs and coaches just don’t get it.

  11. Buc1987 Says:

    lol Patrick…poor robert9.

  12. Louis Friend Says:

    Obviously this is all part of a plan to make sure Bowers has a starting job. That Lovie Smith guy is devious.

  13. robert9 Says:

    oh and stocker aint very good on madden 13!!!

    I put owusu in as #2 TE and kill em with the screen play with both TE’s going deep. Owusu for the bomb every time 🙂

    lol 87. you keep track.. you know my predictions are flat out gold even if i am lower than pablo on the respect scale