Stocker re-signed with the Falcons on Friday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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.
Stocker agreed in principle Wednesday on a contract with the Falcons, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The veteran tight end was released by Atlanta in March, but he'll be back in the fold for training camp to add depth at the position. Behind presumptive starter Hayden Hurst, Stocker will vie for backup reps along with XFL standout Khari Lee, rookie Jared Pinkney, and a pair of holdovers from last year in Jaeden Graham and Carson Meier. Stocker doesn't offer much of a receiving threat, but he'll provide the Falcons with solid blocking if he's able to crack the Week 1 roster.
The Falcons will release Stocker, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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 a contract elsewhere.
Stocker corralled eight of 14 targets for 53 receiving yards during his 2019 debut season with the Falcons.
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 he currently sits alongside Jaeden Graham on the depth chart as a backup to free-agent-to-be Austin Hooper.
Stocker (hip) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.
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.
Stocker (hip) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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.
Stocker (hip) was listed as a non-participant in Wednesday's practice, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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 kept Stocker out of Wednesday's practice, so the 31-year-old tight end needs to return to practice by Friday in order to play Week 16 versus the Jaguars.
Stocker (back) logged a limited practice Thursday.
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.
Stocker was limited in Wednesday's practice due to a back injury, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Stocker joined fellow tight ends Austin Hooper (knee) and Jaeden Graham (thigh) as a limited participants in the session. Given that Stocker didn't practice in any capacity last week before sitting out the Thanksgiving Day loss to the Saints, he's at least seemingly taken a step forward in his recovery. If he's able to play Sunday against the Panthers, Stocker would fill his usual role as a blocking specialist and would have a limited role in the passing game regardless of the availability of Hooper and/or Graham.
Stocker (back) is inactive for Thursday's contest against the Saints, Will McFadden of the team's official site reports.
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.
Stocker (back) is considered questionable for Thursday's matchup against the Saints, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.
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 last Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers, though he has little fantasy value with just one target over two games during Austin Hooper's (knee) absence. Stocker's official status will be released 90 minutes before Thursday's 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff.
Stocker (back) did not participate in Tuesday's practice, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stocker was a full participant in practice Thursday.
Stocker logged limited participation in Wednesday's practice and is trending in the right direction for Sunday's game against the Panthers. Assuming he's a 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.
Stocker was limited in Wednesday's practice due to a knee injury, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
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.
Stocker was targeted once but did not record a catch during Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Titans.
It appeared the veteran tight end may have been trending toward a peripheral passing-downs role, but his Week 4 involvement suggests 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 upon his career-best marks of 15 receptions, 165 receiving yards and two touchdowns, as he continues to serve mostly as a run and pass-blocking specialist.
Stocker caught three of four targets for a total of 12 receiving yards during Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Colts.
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.
Stocker (foot) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.
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.
Stocker was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice due to a foot injury, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
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.
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