Bucs’ Punisher Returns

October 21st, 2016
luke stocker

The Punisher

Lost in the Buccaneers’ giant pile of injuries is the team punisher, the guy nobody seems to like to talk about.

He’s the fullback, the blocker-in-chief at tight end, and a big reason the Bucs’ running game was superior last season. Joe’s typing about Luke Stocker, who returned to practice at full strength this week after missing three games with an ankle injury.

Stocker’s presence gives the Bucs a few more options offensively, and he’s simply better at his role than rookie Alan Cross, or Brandon Myers or Cameron Brate.

Manbeast 49ers rookie defensive end DeForest Buckner (6-7, 290 pounds) had his first breakout game Sunday against the Bills. Buckner posted nine tackles (five solo), plus two sacks and a fumble recovery in the game. It’ll be interesting to see how often Stocker (6-5, 270 pounds) gets a chance to pop him Sunday.

Joe belives Stocker’s return represents a significant upgrade to the Bucs’ rushing attack.

17 Responses to “Bucs’ Punisher Returns”

  1. SB with Jameis Says:

    Joe belives Stocker’s return represents a significant upgrade to the Bucs’ rushing attack.
    SB believes Joe is right

  2. tmaxcon Says:

    this is good news for jameis and bucs…

  3. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I give him 2 games until he’s injured again.

    He is an upgrade at this point…but we’ll be in the same boat next time he gets injured. They need to train someone up.

  4. BucinJAX Says:

    Yes BB, we should stock up on Stockers.

  5. WutdaBUCisthis? Says:

    You posters are unbelievable sometimes…
    He’s back and your already writing him off wit done future injury…
    We won our last game, getting players back and this could be a turning point in our season.
    I’m not saying have hope, a BUCS fan should be tired of the product on the field. But us BUCS fans should show some love yo… Things are looking up

  6. unbelievable Says:

    Well it’s not that far ferched with stocker. He has been injured and missed games every single season. I could be wrong but I think the most he’s played is 14 in one season.

    Glad he’s back though. Certainly helps our run game. Would be nice if he could get open and catch too.

  7. Miko Says:

    rodgers with a buck 50 on the ground, heard it here first 🙂

  8. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    Great thread Joe!

    This is the kind of non sexy behind the scenes or little noticed move that is actually a big deal.

    We have a solid Oline…add Stocker and our running game should roll this Sunday.

    Control the line of scrimmage and open holes and it really doesn’t matter who lines up at RB.

  9. pick6 Says:

    good to know. his teammates at the position just don’t come close to his blocking ability and it seems like deploying gosder cherilus as an extra blocker is a little too much for him to deal with.

  10. Lord Corn Says:

    BB – Alan Cross = stocker in training …

  11. LakeLandBuc Says:

    Welcome back Gronk 2.0. SMDH

  12. Ben the Ga Buc Says:

    This is big news. Means we can go to an I-formation quite a bit and pound it with Rodgers. This could mean Quizzy gets to the second level more, which would be great for the Bucs.

    This is honestly the best news I’ve read all week, Bucs-related.

  13. Bucsfanman Says:

    Definitely good news! I don’t care how many games he plays, he’s a good blocker.

  14. Another J Says:

    Luke Stocker: The Hot tub Punisher!

  15. SOEbuc Says:

    @Miko I second that. Quizz gonna tear it up

  16. BucTrooper Says:

    Brate matched Stocker’s career TD numbers in 1 game this year.

  17. Mcruzer Says:

    With you BucTrooper, Brate does have good hands in the red zone and saw him putting in extra time when training camp ended one day, that impressed me.