This offseason, the Atlanta Falcons parted ways with Pro Bowl tight end Austin Hooper who was coming off of the best season in his young NFL career. Also this offseason, the team parted ways with another tight end in Luke Stocker who may be making his way back to Atlanta.
Apparently, Stocker is expected to sign after his visit, though nothing’s official yet.
Although a signing hasn’t occurred just yet, it’s very possible due to offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and quarterback Matt Ryan’s familiarity with the 9-year veteran tight end. Before playing for the Falcons in 2019, Stocker spent nearly seven seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a little over one season with the Tennessee Titans.
Overall, Stocker has a reputation as a proven, solid blocker and occasional pass catcher. Behind starting tight end Hayden Hurst, the Falcons really have no veterans, with the most experienced being Khari Lee who has recorded only two catches in 34 career games.
The Falcons released Stocker in mid-March of this year, in order to free up $2.6 million in cap space. If he ends up re-signing with the Falcons, we’ll be sure to let you know.