Because Luke Stocker was drafted in the fourth round in 2011 – 24 picks ahead of Julius Thomas – many Bucs fans expected him to be an effective pass catcher and downfield threat on offense. And because he hasn’t quite fit that role over the last five years, some of those fans have discredited his value to the team.

Luke Stocker is pleased that Dirk Koetter will be the Bucs new head coach – Photo by: Getty ImagesBut take it from tight ends coach Jon Embree, those fans would be wrong.

“Luke is probably the most valuable guy in that room,” Embree said of the tight ends group at One Buc Place on Thursday. “He’s invaluable because he’s a great pass protector, he’s a good run blocker and he can be a threat in the passing game.”

Throughout the offseason, coaches, on both sides of the ball, have emphasized the importance of having versatile players and Stocker is definitely one they would consider a multitalented piece on offense. Embree also praised his knowledge of the system and reliability to do his job even when others make mistakes.

“He knows what everyone is supposed to do,” Embree said. “There were a lot of times last year where he made things right. Maybe a play wasn’t called right, or a formation, but he knew what was supposed to be done and he got it done.”

So while Stocker, who had nine receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown in 2015, won’t likely see 10 targets a game – a plan that seems to be in store for Cameron Brate and Austin Seferian-Jenkins combined this season – his value on offense is hard to question. Whether it’s serving as a blocking fullback, a jumbo tight end in pass protection, or understanding his responsibility at all times, Stocker has truly been a jack-of-all-trades for the Bucs and continues to play an important role.

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About the Author: Zach Shapiro

Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders. Contact him at: zshapiro12@gmail.com
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jongruden
jongruden
4 years ago

What a poorly written and loosely based article “won’t see 10 receptions a game” how about 10 receptions a year, yeah he is a good blocker big fricken whoop, we can play Pamphile at TE and get the same result. The “jack of all trades” comment is hilarious too , he had 60 yds for the yr let me repeat as that probably didn’t sink in, he had 60 yds FOR THE YR! That is a disgusting stat for a TE in the NFL, so the comment “can be a threat in the passing game” is inaccurate and wildly irresponsible… Read more »

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e
4 years ago

I saw the article title and thought… Let’s see what Jon has to say?

seat26
seat26
4 years ago

We gave up two picks for a blocking TE. Who is lucky to get 5 catches a year. He is taking up space.

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
4 years ago

I laughed my ass off when I read the title and there was no responses yet. As you thought above E, I couldn’t wait to see Jon on here. And sure enough a login later and he’s already responded. haha

seat26
seat26
4 years ago

We have a reliable blocking and catching TE, Brate. We have a not so reliable catching TE in Jenkins. Between the two ( Stocker and Jenkins cost us 4 draft picks) we are set.

Mark Cook
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Reply to  seat26
4 years ago

I had Zach write the article and I asked the question specifically for JonGruden lol.

Mark Cook
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Reply to  seat26
4 years ago

Brate as a blocking TE? Really? Noooo.

76Buc
76Buc
4 years ago

Jongruden has been discredited. I have been saying for the past 2 years that Stocker is an old-time Ron Kramer style tight end and not one of the sissy basketball players we have today.

jongruden
jongruden
Reply to  76Buc
4 years ago

Yes, so glad we don’t have those Antonio Gates, and Tony Gonzales types of TE’s with big production here in Tampa we love our big non athletic blockers at TE

surferdudes
surferdudes
4 years ago

If he takes snaps away from Vitale, Stocker, and Myers should be gone.

scubog