The Tennessee Titans worked out recently released tight end Luke Stocker. Should Tennessee add the veteran?
Luke Stocker is no stranger to Nashville. His college days were spent playing football in Neyland Stadium, just around three hours away from Nissan Stadium.
Stocker spent fours seasons dawning the Power T on his helmet. He produced nearly 1,000 yards on 85 targets and found the end zone eight times.
He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL draft. He produced fourth typical fourth round tight end numbers, but where he excelled could not be visible on a stat sheet.
Stocker has been an above average interior and lead blocker in the league. He has the occasional key block that can turn a broken play into something big. Although his skill set is limited as a pass catcher, he does nice work clearing holes and moving bodies.
The Titans have missed the presence of veteran Anthony Fasano, who was a key part of what the Tennessee did so well last season – run the football. Fasano excelled in assisting blocks and pushing piles and was a sure handed target who was clutch throughout his time in Nashville.
Rookie tight end Jonnu Smith has shown big play potential, but continues to suffer through growing pains of blocking top-notch defensive talent. Blocking from the tight end position is critical to what the Titans do, or want to do, on offense.
Delanie Walker is a stud and can deliver crushing blocks, but Tennessee needs his hands and ability in mismatches down the field. Supernaw has had his moments and is arguably the best blocking tight end behind Walker.
Would Stocker be an upgrade? Hard to say at this point. If he impressed enough at his workout and can help get the running game going, he would be a welcomed addition. Much in the fashion Craig Stevens was valued, Stocker could be that guy.
Stats referenced at NFL.com and ESPN.com
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