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Buccaneers re-sign tight end Luke Stocker

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have re-signed tight end Luke Stockerper Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. The tight end had a miniature break-out season as a blocking tight end last year. Although he remained a non-factor as a receiver, he proved to be very reliable as a run-blocker. And that's likely why the Bucs have re-signed him.

Stocker was a fourth-round pick out of Tennessee for the Bucs in 2011, but had trouble making an impact in his first three seasons, which were often marred by injury. Stocker has just 35 catches for 298 yards and one touchdown over his career, but he has started 29 games and done good work as a blocker.

This re-signing gives the Bucs three tight ends: veteran Brandon Myers, second-year talent Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Stocker himself. All three players are capable blockers. Myers is useful a short-yardage receiver, but Seferian-Jenkins has the potential to turn into an explosive receiver. He flashed that ability at times last year, but injury and being a rookie prevented him from being a consistent matchup problem. Hopefully he can do that this season.