It was a busy day for the Bucs roster on Tuesday as the team announce they have released former starters, tight end Luke Stocker and defensive end Darryl Tapp.

Stocker was a fourth-round pick for the Buccaneers back in 2011. Over the past seven seasons, he played in 80 games with 56 starts. During his time in Tampa Bay, he caught 52 passes for 400 yards and three touchdowns.

Tapp was signed earlier this season and played in three games for Tampa Bay. Tapp recorded two tackles and a sack with one start under his belt.

The team also announced that defensive end Pat O’Connor and tight end/fullback Alan Cross will be promoted to the active roster.

In addition to those moves, former Buccaneers cornerback and Hard Knocks feature player Maurice Fleming has also been signed back on the team’s practice squad.

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Horse
4 years ago

I thought this was all good. It gives Stocker the opportunity to sign on with another team which I believe he will. Cross is probably a safety net for TE’s and RB’s for a couple games. I’d like to see what O’Connor can do. This is just my views which isn’t worth more than spit.

Buc-Up
4 years ago

We struggle with running the ball, so we cut our best blocking TE 6-6 280 for a smaller TE 6-1 245? F they wanted a receiving TE, Id rather they sign one who’s bigger. I don’t see what they see in Cross. He’s average at best. No, I don’t trust their player evaluation after they went into this season without upgrading our DL & OL!

cgmaster27
4 years ago

Somewhere out there in a dimly lit room, JonG is smiling.

Jlog
Jlog
Reply to  cgmaster27
4 years ago

He is because he working on a deal to sign with the Titans.

cgmaster27
Reply to  Jlog
4 years ago

I’m not even really sure what that comment even means.

pinkstob
4 years ago

Seven years of Stocker, seven years of lousy offense and no trips to the playoffs. Good riddance.

drdneast
4 years ago

Wow pinkstob, you sound like some other guy out here who used to post that despised Luke Stocker. On the other hand, I remember many coaches and players praise Stocker for his game knowledge and hustle. I personally remember Stocker making some heads up hustling plays, one against Detroit which helped win the game when he stripped the ball from a Lion after they had intercepted it. The Bucs recovered. Stocker was who he was. He didn’t ask the Bucs to draft him and they knew who he was when they drafted him. He had lasted through four coaching regimes… Read more »

surferdudes
4 years ago

Auclaire, and Stocker are the same player. O.J. is a good blocking T.E.,that is fer better as a receiver. Cross is a fullback, don’t know why they list him at T.E.. I believe Cross will be a better lead blocker then Stocker in the backfield. That’s why they made the move, and for once I”d say it’s a good one. Had Koetter run spider 2 y banana with Cross lining up as fullback in front of Barber he would’ve caught the first down pass on Sunday. Right J.G.?

Naplesfan
4 years ago

Luke Stocker has been a good and useful, reliable player over the years. Good luck to him, hope he lands somewhere quick. I expect with all the injuries this late in the season someone will pick him up.

stlbucsfan
4 years ago

More clueless moves from a front office and coaching staff that cannot properly assess talent. Not shocked we cut Stocker, we can’t properly use the TEs that are ahead of him so I know they have no clue what to do with him. We have 2 very good TEs maybe we can incorporate them into the game plan. Godwin, Evans and Desean are our 3 best WRs, stop playing Hump when we can slot Desean into the slot on 3rd down with better hands and speed. Fixing this offense doesn’t require rocket science, just someone capable of playing his best… Read more »

stlbucsfan
4 years ago

Dotson and Marpet declared out for the year, the day before we return our franchise QB fresh off a shoulder injury. Glazers step in and stop this madness before they ruin Jameis. Don’t ruin our franchise QB with this lame duck coaching staff.

BullDogJohnny
4 years ago

First, Stocker was used quite a bit as a fullback. I’d have to assume that he has slowed down due to the accumulation of injuries. But he was more than solid as a blocker for yrs. Now about Marpet and Dotson.. Like the ton of other injuries we’ve had on top of the slow starts and lack of spark thru numerous games ,I can’t keep thinking of the soft practices, constant rotations to help curb injuries ect. I believe it has hurt the players more than helped. Like the play calling at times, a coach can think too much and… Read more »

pinkstob
4 years ago

I agree with what Michael Clayton said in TS’s article. We need to raise our standards. I’ve been saying that for years which is why I’ve never been a fan of Stocker. You guys are savagely defending mediocrity in fear of of it being replaced with something worse. We’ll never win a Super Bowl that way. Anything less that competing for Super Bowls every year is all the same to me…not good enough.

seat26
4 years ago

Stocker was one of the most overrated players on the Team. We gave up two picks for the guy, and he was often injured. 7 seasons 56 starts. I like what the Bucs are doing. Marpet news is disappointing. This guy has been a stud. We need him healthy. Something tells me the OL is going to look very different next year.