Luke Stocker

Luke Stocker

Tight End #88
Team: Atlanta Falcons
Ht / Wt:6'5" / 253 lb.
College:Tennessee
Age:32
Born:July 1, 1988
Drafted:2011 / Rd. 4 (104)
Draft Team:TB

Luke Stocker: Makes 13-yard grab against ex-team

Stocker secured his only target for 13 yards during Sunday's 44-27 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Taking on his former team of seven years, Stocker made his fourth reception of the past three weeks. He tallied 43 yards with those late-season passing-game opportunities after totaling just three catches for 20 yards over his first 13 outings of the year. The 32-year-old is set to become an unrestricted free agent in March, but Atlanta could elect to bring him back as proven blocking reinforcement at the position.

January 4, 2021 5:06 PM EST

Luke Stocker: Will play Sunday

Stocker (elbow) does not carry an injury designation ahead of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Will McFadden of AtlantaFalcons.com reports.

Analysis: Despite remaining limited in practice all week, Stocker will be available for the Falcons' season finale Sunday, though he's yet to accrue more than three targets in a single contest this year.

January 1, 2021 12:17 PM EST

Luke Stocker: Limited in practice

Stocker (elbow) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, William McFadden reports.

Analysis: Stocker should have a fair chance at suiting up against the Buccaneers on Sunday as long as he can continue to practice, but Friday's session will likely be the key factor in determining his Week 17 availability. The veteran tight end only has six catches through 15 games.

December 31, 2020 1:21 PM EST

Luke Stocker: Lowest usage of 2020

Stocker didn't haul in his lone target in Sunday's 24-9 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Stocker played just 16 snaps on offense, establishing a new low for the season. This was a schematic decision, as Hayden Hurst's role remained the same while Jaeden Graham also saw a steep decrease in usage. Stocker should remain off fantasy radars.

November 24, 2020 3:46 PM EST

Luke Stocker: Registers first catch of 2020

Stocker caught his lone target for a six-yard gain during Sunday's 30-26 loss to Chicago.

Analysis: The 32-year-old tight end accumulated 54 offensive snaps between Weeks 1 and 2 without garnering a single target, while starting TE Hayden Hurst attracted 13 targets in comparison. Stocker registered his first catch since Week 17 of last season during Sunday's loss, but he shouldn't be expected to be a significant contributor moving forward as he's never exceeded 16 receptions in any of his 10 pro campaigns.

September 28, 2020 12:06 PM EST

Luke Stocker: Shakes off injury

Stocker (hip) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game versus the Bears, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Stocker didn't practice fully all week, but he's been given the green light ahead of Week 3. The 32-year-old TE has logged at least a 30 percent snap share in each of the first two games, although he's received just one target as the second-string behind Hayden Hurst.

September 25, 2020 12:44 PM EST

Luke Stocker: Logs limited practice session

Stocker (hip) was held to limited practice participation Wednesday, Jason Butt of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: The veteran tight end has been involved on the offensive side with 25-plus snaps in each of Atlanta's first two games of the year, though he has only been targeted once in the passing game with zero receptions registered to this point. Stocker has picked up an injury designation, though his partial participation indicates he has a decent chance to go Sunday against the Bears. His services in the blocking realm may be needed, going up against a Chicago front seven that is stacked with talents such as Akiem Hicks, Robert Quinn, and Khalil Mack (knee).

September 23, 2020 8:26 PM EST

Luke Stocker: Officially rejoining Falcons

Stocker re-signed with the Falcons on Friday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: The veteran tight end has gone through COVID-19 testing, and he now prepares to rejoin the Falcons on-field for padded practice after being released by the team in March. Behind starter Hayden Hurst on the tight end depth chart, Stocker bolsters the position group with his run and pass-blocking skills.

August 14, 2020 9:31 AM EST

Luke Stocker: Likely returning to Atlanta

Stocker is expected to sign with the Falcons, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The nine-year NFL veteran was released by the team in March, but he will now join a backup tight end competition consisting of XFL standout Khari Lee, rookie Jared Pinkney, and holdovers from last year in Jaeden Graham and Carson Meier. Stocker does not offer much of a receiving threat with his career bests in receptions and receiving yards standing at marks of 16 and 165, respectively. He does, however, provide the Falcons with a solid blocking tight end, capable of opening up running lanes for Todd Gurley and Co. in two-tight end sets.

August 12, 2020 5:01 PM EST

Luke Stocker: Will be released

The Falcons will release Stocker, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Stocker, who caught eight of 14 targets for 53 yards in 15 games with Atlanta last season, will now look to catch on elsewhere as a depth tight end. The 31-year-old is off the fantasy radar, but his blocking ability should help land him contract elsewhere.

March 16, 2020 11:28 AM EST

Luke Stocker: Starts nine times during 2019

Stocker corralled eight of 14 targets for 53 receiving yards during his debut season with the Falcons.

Analysis: Though he fielded at least 30 percent of Atlanta's offensive snaps in 12 of 15 outings this season, Stocker still garnered fewer than one target per game. The 31-year-old has served almost exclusively as a blocking contributor during his nine NFL seasons, never once exceeding 30 targets or 16 receptions in any campaign. He's under contract with the Falcons for one more season at a cap hit of $3.3 million, and currently sits alongside Jaeden Graham on the depth chart as backups to free-agent-to-be Austin Hooper.

January 5, 2020 4:37 PM EST

Luke Stocker: Set to play Sunday

Stocker (hip) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Analysis: Stocker worked as a limited practice participant Thursday and Friday, but the hip injury won't impact his availability for Week 16. The 31-year-old should return to his role as Atlanta's No. 3 tight end.

December 20, 2019 2:46 PM EST

Luke Stocker: Limited Thursday

Stocker (hip) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Stocker is making progress in his recovery from a hip injury sustained during Week 15's win over the 49ers. If he's able to suit up against Jacksonville on Sunday he'll play a depth role in Atlanta's tight end corps.

December 19, 2019 1:40 PM EST

Luke Stocker: Limited on Wednesday

Stocker (hip) was limited during Wednesday's practice, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Stocker caught one pass for nine yards in Sunday's win over the 49ers and wound up getting a tad dinged up as well. A hip injury forced Stocker to take it easy during Wednesday's practice, but the 31-year-old tight end still appears on track to play Week 16.

December 18, 2019 2:20 PM EST

Luke Stocker: Another limited practice

Stocker (back) logged a limited practice Thursday.

Analysis: Stocker practiced in part for the second consecutive day after missing the team's Week 13 contest. Along with him, both Austin Hooper (knee) and Jaeden Graham (thigh) were also limited. Depending on which of that trio are available for the team's Week 14 matchup against the Panthers, Stocker could see an uptick in opportunity.

December 5, 2019 1:36 PM EST

Luke Stocker: Limited to start week

Stocker was limited in Wednesday's practice due to a back injury, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Stocker joined fellow tight ends Austin Hooper (knee) and Jaeden Graham (thigh) as a limited participant in Wednesday's practice. He didn't practice in any capacity last week, his participation on a limited basis is certainly a step in the right direction. If he's able to suit up against the Panthers on Sunday, Stocker could have limited fantasy value depending on how healthy the rest of Atlanta's tight end corps proves to be.

December 4, 2019 2:28 PM EST

Luke Stocker: Won't play Thursday

Stocker (back) is inactive for Thursday's contest against the Saints, Will McFadden of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Stocker didn't practice at all during the week, so his absence comes as little surprise. Jaeden Graham will serve as the Falcons' lead tight end.

November 28, 2019 4:05 PM EST

Luke Stocker: Questionable for Thursday

Stocker (back) is considered questionable for Thursday's matchup against the Saints, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Stocker was listed as a DNP for every practice during the short week, but the Falcons believe he still has a chance to suit up for the divisional clash. The veteran tight end played 37 percent of offensive snaps in this past Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers, and he has little fantasy value with just one target over two games during Austin Hooper's (knee) absence. His official status will be released 90 minutes before Thursday's 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff.

November 27, 2019 10:59 AM EST

Luke Stocker: Misses practice again

Stocker (back) did not participate in Tuesday's practice, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Stocker has been unable to practice this week, and with a game on Thursday, it isn't looking likely. He'll probably need to get at least a limited practice in Wednesday in order to suit up against the Saints.

November 26, 2019 1:32 PM EST

Luke Stocker: Estimated as non-participant

Stocker has a back injury and was listed as a non-participant on Monday's estimated injury report, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Stocker played 37 percent of offensive snaps during the loss to the Buccaneers and failed to catch his lone target, and he apparently sustained the back injury in the contest. Jaeden Graham is currently Atlanta's only healthy tight end since Austin Hooper (knee) is still recovering from an MCL sprain. Stocker will only have a couple days to recover for Thursday's matchup with the Saints.

November 25, 2019 1:19 PM EST

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