With tight end Dallas Clark's future uncertain in Tampa Bay, fellow TE Luke Stocker looks to emerge as a potential starter going forward.
After a notable performance in their season finale, the 4th round 2011 draft pick hopes he has earned at least the consideration of the coaching staff.
“I hope (the performance) generates a little something for the future,” Stocker told the Tampa Bay Times. “It felt good to catch some balls and move the chains."
“I really hope the organization can hopefully see me as the guy. Throughout the year, even the reps I got in practice – though I don’t get that many in the game – those reps I get, I wanted to show them enough to give me a shot.”
Stocker had 16 catches for 165 yards in his limited time on the field this season, but has shown some athleticism as a receiver, and his ability as a blocker.
“My fundamentals are like day and night now,” Stocker said. “I’m a big enough guy that I can kind of get away sometimes with not taking the right steps and not (getting) low enough, but when I take the right steps and have my pad level where it needs to be, I can be a very effective blocker. Hopefully I can build on that in the passing game and become more of an every-down guy and not just a first and second-down guy.”