The Rams have one of the thinnest and least proven receiving corps in the NFL, but they have no shortage of young guys with upside. One of those young guys is tight end Lance Kendricks, a 2011 2nd round pick. According to the Rams’ official website, Kendricks figures to have a “prominent” role in the Rams’ offense this year. This makes sense as Dustin Keller, a tight end, led the Jets in targets last year when new Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer was their offensive coordinator. The Rams have been lining up Kendricks all over the offense in practices.
After a strong Preseason led to high expectations heading into his rookie year, Kendricks was absolutely awful as a pass catcher last year. He was 2nd among tight ends in drops, despite only being targeted 53 times. He managed just 28 catches for 352 yards and didn’t score. He was ProFootballFocus’ worst rated pass catching tight end, though he was pretty good as a blocker. That being said, he’s still got a lot of upside and caught 43 passes for 663 yards and 5 touchdowns in 2010 with Wisconsin. He could be a sleeper this year.