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Vikings Add TE Luke Stocker to Practice Squad


EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings have added a veteran tight end to their practice squad.

Minnesota announced Wednesday that it has signed Luke Stocker, who has played in 130 career games with 91 starts.

The 33-year-old Stocker is now the most experienced of the six healthy tight ends that are now with the Vikings.

Tyler Conklin is the starter, and leads the position group with 19 catches for 169 yards and a touchdown. No other tight end has a catch so far this season.

View photos of the Vikings 53-man roster as of Jan. 5, 2022.

Ben Ellefson, who was added on Sept. 1, has primarily played a blocking role in 2021.

Chris Herndon was acquired in a trade with the Jets but has made a minimal impact in Purple. Minnesota sent a 2022 fourth-round draft pick to New York in exchange for a 2022 sixth-round draft pick and Herndon, who has played 50 snaps in five games.

Minnesota also has third-year player Brandon Dillon and fifth-round rookie Zach Davidson on the practice squad.

Stocker has 83 career catches for 693 yards and five touchdowns. He has spent time with the Buccaneers (2011-17), Titans (2017-18) and Falcons (2019-20) over his decade-long career.

Stocker was a fourth-round pick by Tampa Bay in the 2011 NFL Draft out of Tennessee.

The Vikings released tackle Zack Bailey to make room on the practice squad for Stocker.