Luke Stocker

Luke Stocker

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

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 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

Luke Stocker: Primed for extra snaps again

Stocker and Jaeden Graham will fill in for Austin Hooper (knee) at tight end during Sunday's game against Tampa Bay, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Stocker and Graham split playing time in the same situation last week, with the former having a slight advantage in snaps (66 percent to 52 percent) while the latter accounted for both of Atlanta's tight-end targets. With 74 receptions in 109 NFL regular-season appearances, Stocker doesn't offer much fantasy appeal even if he's getting more snaps than usual.

November 22, 2019 10:10 AM EST

Luke Stocker: Practices in full Thursday

Stocker was a full participant in practice Thursday.

Analysis: Stocker logged limited participation in Wednesday's practice and is trending in the right direction for Sunday's game against the Panthers. If he can go, the 31-year-old is likely to see more playing time than he has all season as Austin Hooper (knee) is expected to be sidelined.

November 14, 2019 1:40 PM EST

Luke Stocker: Listed as limited participant

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

Analysis: Stocker appears to have sustained a knee injury during Sunday's win over the Saints, during which he played 31 snaps on offense (39 percent) but was not targeted. With Austin Hooper (knee) nursing a sprained MCL and expected to miss some time, Stocker is a candidate to play an expanded role on offense alongside Jaeden Graham if healthy.

November 13, 2019 2:49 PM EST

Luke Stocker: Nothing doing in Week 4 loss

Stocker was targeted once but did not record a catch during Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: It appeared that the veteran tight end may have been trending towards a peripheral passing-downs role, but his Week 4 involvement suggested that his four catches over Atlanta's preceding two games were a mirage. Stocker fielded at least 30 percent of the Falcons' offensive snaps in each of the team's first three games of the season, but it doesn't so far appear that he will significantly improve up his career-best marks of 15 receptions, 165 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

September 29, 2019 9:00 PM EST

Luke Stocker: Gets involved offensively

Stocker caught three of four targets for a total of 12 receiving yards during Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: The three-catch performance for Stocker marks his greatest output in the category since Week 15 of the 2015 season. For context, that was two teams ago for Stocker, as he was playing for the Buccaneers at the time, and his opponent that day, the Rams, were still playing in St. Louis. He is not likely to get the requisite passing game involvement to be a viable weekly fantasy starter, but if there's any week Stocker has a chance to fall into the end zone it may be in Week 4 against his former team, Tennessee. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has three touchdown passes in each of his past two outings, and the Titans have allowed a tight end touchdown catch in three straight games to begin 2019.

September 22, 2019 8:08 PM EST

Luke Stocker: Practices in full

Stocker (foot) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Stocker was limited in practice Wednesday due to a foot issue, but he now appears back to full health. The veteran tight end is set to play his usual depth role behind Austin Hooper during Sunday's tilt against the Colts.

September 19, 2019 3:47 PM EST

Luke Stocker: Nursing foot injury

Stocker was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice due to a foot injury, Vaughn McClure of reports.

Analysis: Stocker had just one target in Sunday's win over the Eagles, and it's unclear exactly when he suffered the foot injury. The fact that he was just limited Wednesday indicates that it's likely not anything serious, but he should be considered day-to-day for now.

September 18, 2019 3:14 PM EST

Luke Stocker: Snags one pass

Stocker gained four yards on his lone target of Sunday's 24-20 win over the Eagles.

Analysis: Stocker was an interesting offseason pickup given his familiarity with offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter's scheme, but two targets through two games is somewhat predictable given how many weapons Atlanta has on offense. Despite those weapons, Atlanta has struggled a bit to start the season, the product of five Matt Ryan interceptions to go with five sacks. When Atlanta is humming, Stocker might be able to steal a touchdown or two in the red zone, but it'll be tough getting much going in Week 3 against the Colts.

September 17, 2019 9:21 PM EST

Luke Stocker: Targeted once in Week 1 loss

Stocker did not record a reception during Sunday's 28-12 loss to Minnesota.

Analysis: The 31-year-old tight end made his debut regular-season appearance for Atlanta on Sunday, and fielded 28 percent of his team's offensive snaps. It will go down in the box score that he received an end-zone target, but it appeared quarterback Matt Ryan may have been attempting to launch the ball out of the back of the end zone and underthrew it, resulting in the second interception of the day for Anthony Harris. Stocker will continue to serve primarily as a blocking reinforcement in two tight-end sets when the Falcons host Philadelphia and its thus far bottom-five pass defense.

September 9, 2019 1:14 PM EST

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