The Packers on Saturday reached a deal with former Rams TE Lance Kendricks. That came a day after the team signed TE Martellus Bennett to a 3-year deal. Kendricks proved to be a reliable, low-ceiling part of the Rams offense through his 1st 7 seasons. His arrival doesn't challenge Bennett's spot atop the Green Bay depth chart. It does suggest the Packers aren't in love with Richard Rodgers. He and Kendricks could be fighting for a 2017 roster spot. Bennett's the only member of the crew worth your fantasy football attention
The Rams released TE Lance Kendricks late Thursday night. Kendricks had spent all 6 of his NFL seasons with the team, totaling 204 catches and 17 TDs while averaging a pedestrian 10.5 yards per catch career. His departure clears the way for 2016 rookie Tyler Higbee to take over the lead TE spot for the Rams. Higbee averaged 15.5 yards per reception over his college career and caught 12 TDs over his final 2 seasons.
Rams WR Tavon Austin (chest) is inactive for today’s game against the Patriots. Rookie Pharoh Cooper figures to get some run in the slot but shouldn’t be in fantasy lineups. WR Kenny Britt and TE Lance Kendricks are the best bets for targets.
Rams TE Tyler Higbee is QB Jared Goff's "on-field BFF," according to NFL.com's Steve Wyche. (That's "best friend forever" for those of you without young daughters.) The rookies are also training-camp roommates and hooked up 3 times for 35 yards in the preseason opener. Higbee has been getting 1st-team reps in training camp and is talented enough to push TE Lance Kendricks for the lead pass-catching role. He's not quite a redraft option yet, but try to get your hands on Higbee in keeper and dynasty leagues.
Rams TE Tyler Higbee is already getting 1st-team reps in training camp, according to the Los Angeles Daily News' Vinny Bonsignore. "The skill-set is there to be a match-up nightmare for smaller linebackers and safeties," Bonsignore adds. Higbee dropped to the 4th round of this spring's draft because of an assault arrest but was considered a 2nd-round talent by some. His competition for the starting TE spot is the mediocre Lance Kendricks. Higbee isn't worth a roster spot in redraft leagues just yet, but we're keeping a close eye on him.
Rams TE Lance Kendricks left in the 3rd quarter of today's game against the Cardinals for concussion testing. He hasn't been a fantasy factor when healthy, and the Rams' terrible pass offense can't do enough for a potential Kendricks absence to make TE Jared Cook attractive in fantasy.
Update: Kendricks has been diagnosed with a concussion.
Rams TE Lance Kendricks (finger) didn't practice all week and is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Colts. His absence should mean a few extra targets for TE Jared Cook.
Adam Caplan reports that the Rams have signed TE Jared Cook after all. (That news comes after a Jason La Canfora imposter "broke" the news on Twitter earlier in the afternoon.) Cook adds speed to the interior of the Rams' passing game, which could present a dangerous combo with 2nd-year WR Chris Givens. Cook had trouble learning the offense over 4 years in Tennessee, though. He also displayed inconsistent hands. Of course, Rams HC Jeff Fisher originally drafted Cook there. So he knows what he's getting. The talent boost can only help QB Sam Bradford, but the team still needs a reliable target to convert 3rd downs. TE Lance Kendricks is now staring at a much lower ceiling. He kinda brought that on himself, though, with a pair of uninspiring seasons to begin his career. Cook still looks like a fringe starting option in fantasy football leagues. His best shot at a value boost might be to claim the mantle of primary red-zone option for Bradford.
The Rams' official website highlights TE Lance Kendricks as a potential breakout candidate in 2012. "Early indications from the team’s Organized Team Activities and minicamps are that Kendricks figures prominently in [OC Brian] Schottenheimer’s offense," insider Nick Wagoner writes. Kendricks reportedly lined up as a traditional TE, at fullback, and split out wide in offseason workouts. A popular late-round fantasy sleeper last summer, Kendricks was a big-time disappointment. He figures to come cheaper in drafts this year, though, and he still has the athleticism to make a fantasy impact.
Rams new OC Brian Schottenheimer is a fan of TE Lance Kendricks. "We really liked Lance back in New York when we looked at him,” the former Jets OC said. “I think he’s got a chance to be a terrific all-around player." Kendricks drew rave reviews last summer before struggling through a drop-filled rookie campaign. He looks like an intriguing post-hype sleeper in 2012 though. Kendricks still brings a tasty blend of size (6'3, 247 pounds) and speed (4.57 40-time) to the table. And Schottenheimer's offense helped TE Dustin Keller average 53 catches and 640 yards per season over the past 4 years. Kendricks is worth a look with one of your last few picks in fantasy drafts this summer.
Rams TE Lance Kendricks (concussion) was medically-cleared and practiced all week. He'll play against the Cardinals this weekend but isn't a fantasy option. The rookie hasn't topped 21 yards in a game since Week 6.
Rams TE Lance Kendricks sustained a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit during Sunday's game against the Seahawks. He'll need to pass his baseline tests to play against the Cardinals this weekend. Kendrick's 21 yards yesterday were his most since Week 6. He's not a fantasy option.
Rams TE Lance Kendricks has been diagnosed with a sprained foot. That's usually a multi-week injury (as Darren McFadden owners know), so don't expect Kendricks to play Week 10. With just 2 catches in his last 3 games, he's off the fantasy radar.
Rams TE Lance Kendricks left Sunday's game against the Cardinals with a foot injury. He hobbled to the sidelines and was then carted back to the locker room. He won't be back today.
Rams TE Lance Kendricks hauled in 3 balls for 73 yards and a score in the team's preseason finale on Thursday night. All the production came with QB Sam Bradford and the rest of the 1st-team offense. Kendricks finishes the preseason with 11 catches for 175 yards and 3 TDs. The impressive rookie is locked in as St. Louis' primary pass-catching TE and is one of our favorite late-round gems.
Rams rookie TE Lance Kendricks reeled in 5 balls for 47 yards and a score in the team's preseason opener on Saturday night. He was targeted 7 times and looked dangerous with the ball in his hands. We've heard all offseason that Kendricks was slated to play a big part in St. Louis' offense, and tonight's performance was just confirmation. Note that TE Michael Hoomanawanui was out with a concussion, but Kendricks should easily be the Rams' most productive TE this year. Consider him a TE2 with upside.
It sounds like Rams rookie TE Lance Kendricks could play a big role in the team's passing attack this year. "Lance has done some great things," QB Sam Bradford said recently. "He has been asked to do a lot as well. I think he’s probably taken more reps than anyone else on our offense." Kendricks has reportedly been lining up both at the traditional TE spot and in the slot. An athletic pass-catching TE in the mold of Dustin Keller, he's an intriguing late-round flier this year. We just bumped him up our TE rankings.
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