Luke Stocker

Minnesota Vikings
Tight End #88
Minnesota Vikings
Tight End #88

Luke Stocker News

Bumped up from practice squad

Stocker was signed to the active roster Thursday, Craig Peters of the Vikings' official site reports.

Analysis: Stocker has been back and forth between the practice squad and active roster over the past few weeks. He appeared in the Vikings' Week 6 contest against Carolina playing 10 snaps on offense and in Week 8 against Dallas playing 16 offensive snaps. He has totaled one target and one reception for seven yards. With Ben Ellefson (foot/knee) placed on IR a week ago, it's likely Stocker will file in behind Tyler Conklin and Chris Herndon on the Vikings' tight end depth chart against the Ravens on Sunday.

Nov 4, 2021 12:21 PM EST

Returns to practice squad

Stocker reverted to Minnesota's practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transactions log.

Analysis: Stocker was on the field for 17 offensive snaps and nine on special teams. He hauled in his lone target of the evening for seven yards, his first catch of the 2021 campaign.

Nov 1, 2021 9:09 PM EST

Rejoining active roster

Stocker will once again be elevated from the practice squad for Sunday's game against Dallas.

Analysis: Stocker saw 10 snaps on offense in Week 6 against Carolina and will get another chance Sunday. He'll provide depth behind Tyler Conklin and Chris Herndon.

Oct 30, 2021 1:45 PM EST

Reverts to practice squad

Stocker reverted to the Vikings' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transactions report.

Analysis: Stocker played 10 offensive snaps and six snaps on special teams during Sunday's win over the Panthers. Because he was elevated for Week 6, Stocker reverting to the practice squad is an automatic transaction.

Oct 19, 2021 8:24 AM EST

Elevated by Vikings

Stocker was elevated from the Vikings' practice squad ahead of Sunday's game against the Panthers.

Analysis: Stocker signed with Minnesota's practice squad Wednesday. He'll provide depth at tight end against the Panthers with Ben Ellefson (knee) sidelined.

Oct 16, 2021 12:54 PM EST

Lands on Vikings' practice squad

Minnesota signed Stocker to the practice squad Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Stocker spent time in Tennessee during the offseason. Last season, the veteran tight end appeared in 16 contests with the Falcons.

Oct 13, 2021 11:22 AM EST

Let go by Tennessee

The Titans cut Stocker on Thursday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official website reports.

Analysis: Stocker was signed by the Titans this offseason to provide some depth in the Titans' tight end room after Jonnu Smith left for New England. The 33-year-old isn't much of a pass catching threat, but he may draw interest elsewhere as a blocking tight end.

Sep 3, 2021 10:48 AM EST

Signs with Titans

Stocker signed a contract with the Titans on Saturday, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson reports.

Analysis: Stocker will add depth to a Titans tight end room that's now headlined by Anthony Firkser in the aftermath of Jonnu Smith's departure. The 33-year-old Stocker has never caught more than 16 passes in a season, and that career-high total came way back in 2012, so his biggest impact will likely come in a blocking role if he's able to make the team.

Jul 31, 2021 11:30 AM EST

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.

Jan 4, 2021 5:06 PM EST

Will play Sunday

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

Jan 1, 2021 12:17 PM EST

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.

Dec 31, 2020 1:21 PM EST

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.

Nov 24, 2020 3:46 PM EST

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.

Sep 28, 2020 12:06 PM EST

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.

Sep 25, 2020 12:44 PM EST

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).

Sep 23, 2020 8:26 PM EST

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.

Aug 14, 2020 9:31 AM EST

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.

Aug 12, 2020 5:01 PM EST

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.

Mar 16, 2020 11:28 AM EST

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.

Jan 5, 2020 4:37 PM EST

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.

Dec 20, 2019 2:46 PM EST

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