Packers Strike Again, Sign Lance Kendricks

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Lance Kendricks

The Green Bay Packers are stocking up on tight ends. A day after signing Martellus Bennett, the Packers struck again and agreed to terms with Lance Kendricks.

Most of you will know Kendricks as “Badger great Lance Kendricks.” He spent his entire six-year pro career with the St. Louis and then Los Angeles Rams.

Kendricks had himself a pretty nice season in 2016, catching 50 balls for 499 yards and two touchdowns. A little more context — the Rams had probably the worst quarterback situation in the entire NFL and yes, I am including Houston and the Jets.

Kendricks’ best season was 2012, when he caught 42 for 519 and four.

Despite all that, Kendricks was released by the Rams on Thursday. Thus, he will not count against the Packers in terms of compensatory draft picks next year.

The signing signals a couple of things.

First, we can surely expect more two-tight end sets from the Packers in 2016, featuring both Bennett and Kendricks.

Second, this move either pushes holdover Richard Rodgers to third on the depth chart or off the team entirely. The former third-round pick owns a career 9.3 yards per catch average and hauled in just 30 passes for 271 yards in 2016. In addition to his lack of speed, he’s a terrible blocker.

It’s not a foregone conclusion that Rodgers will be jettisoned, but I would expect the Packers to hold onto a developmental-type player who plays special teams as their third tight end when the season rolls around.

If the Packers can find a nice complement to Ty Montgomery at running back (which I still expect to be Eddie Lacy), we could be looking at one lethal offense in 2017. Now, about that defense…

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Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

17 Comments on "Packers Strike Again, Sign Lance Kendricks"

  1. Ferris

    Ted have the next surprise be Revis and Barwin. It would cause 30,000 season ticket holders to have heart attacks. But with their cheese eating and beer drinking ways they will have one soon anyway. Don’t worry Ginger, the waiting list people will write checks for the vacant tickets so no lost revenue.

  2. PF4L

    Us hillbilly’s from Wisconsin, we love our ice cold beer, and we love our cheesy pizza.

    Is that a problem Ferris?

    • Ferris

      No problem with Cheese and Beer I grew up 20 miles from the Brat Stop. Just saying I know my share of WI walking heart attacks.

      • PF4L

        Oh ok Ferris…… i must have misunderstood, stupid me, here i thought you were ripping 30,000 beer drinking, cheese eating Packer fans who are waiting to have a heart attack….Silly me..

        I didn’t know you grew up only 20 miles from the brat stop. I guess that means you get a pass….lol

    • PF4L

      Revis?…for what?

      Revis proclaimed he was getting old and slow. by many accounts, he mentally shut it down.

      So you want a player with eroding skills and legal problems, because he use to be a good corner?

      At age 31, Darrelle Revis is having the worst season of his career, and the Jets cornerback doesn’t kid himself about his recent limitations. “My body’s breaking down,” he said in October, following that the next month with, “I’m old.”

      • John D.

        To play corner and teach these younger guys how to do it. If he’s broke down, then forget it. I agree. We need someone though with experience in the training room and practice field to show these young CBs how to put it all together.

          • John D.

            Maybe, but these young guys are in their early 20’s. If they had no role models growing up, their immaturity is that much more. If you don’t think a veteran DB would bennefit the young DBs, that’s cool. Your opinion.

        • Packers fan

          I hope we sign him by the end of this week, I heard he’s visiting the Bengals today and hopefully he picks us instead of Cincinnati. He wouldn’t fit in the Bengals system but he would fit better in ours. But if we sign him, hopefully we don’t overpay him.

  3. PF4L

    MMTT….Well, if the coaches aren’t good enough, then that’s McCarthy’s responsibility. And if true, it’s just another problem to pile on the stack.

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