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…