TE Lance Kendricks, New England Patriots

HT: 6-2, WT: 243, Born: 1-30-1988, College: Wisconsin, Drafted: Round 2

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2014 Projections

GRECYDY/RTDFPT
David Dodds15.023.02289.92.035
Bob Henry16.024.02209.22.034
Jason Wood16.024.02108.83.039
Maurile Tremblay16.013.01158.81.018


Outlook

The free agent signing of Jared Cook last season relagated Lance Kendricks to a secondary tight end role in St.Louis. Now, Kendricks relies on a rare red zone touchdown to be relevant in a given week.


2014 Schedule

WeekOpponent
1at Miami Dolphins
2at Minnesota Vikings
3 Oakland Raiders
4at Kansas City Chiefs
5 Cincinnati Bengals
6at Buffalo Bills
7 New York Jets
8 Chicago Bears
9 Denver Broncos
Bye week
11at Indianapolis Colts
12 Detroit Lions
13at Green Bay Packers
14at San Diego Chargers
15 Miami Dolphins
16at New York Jets
17 Buffalo Bills
Bye week
19 Baltimore Ravens
20 Indianapolis Colts
21 Seattle Seahawks


2013 Game Summaries

Week 1 - The Rams havenít given up on Kendricks. Despite the emergence of Jared Cook, Kendricks lined up all over the field, hauled in 3 passes on short yardage and was the intended target on the tipped interception that resulted in a Cardinals touchdown. Kendricks could actually have a better season without the pressure of being the teamís primary tight end, and could conceivably develop into a very solid option for Bradford.

Week 2 - Kendricks only had 2 receptions, but he also has speed and solid physical tools. As the second tight end, he receives little attention from the defense. From the Falcon 20, Kendricks started upfield then cut in on a slant, hauled in the pass and rumbled down to the 6 yard line. He is nothing more than an occasional pass receiver, but perhaps this role can give him the confidence he has lacked. If Cook were to go down with an injury, the confidence Kendricks is gaining could prove valuable.

Week 3 - Kendricks continues to get a number of targets each game. He had a late-game 18 yard reception in which he broke a few tackles and showed his physical ability. He racked up most of his 5 receptions late in the game against the previously mentioned prevent defense. Kendricks is not a horrible TE to own in very large 2 TE leagues, as he does get a decent amount of playing time, and is an after-thought to most owners.

Week 4 - Kendricks didnít catch a pass until the very end of the game, as he caught a 6 yard comeback route in the endzone for the lone TD of the game for St. Louis. Kendricks canít be relied on week-to-week, as he just isnít getting enough playing time. He also is used to block quite a bit, and so as a receiver, isnít going to get much production at all.

Week 5 - It looks like the Rams were trying to teach Jared Cook a lesson, and so Lance Kendricks got the majority of the playing time in the first half, getting a number of early targets on short passes, and blowing defenders up in the running game. He topped it off with a 16 yd TD on a streak across the middle of the field, and a dive to the right pylon after out-running two defenders. Kendricks play was a shot across the bow to Cook, who has been blocking poorly and running inconsistent routes.

Week 6 - Kendricks has been getting into the gameplan more and more over the last few weeks. This week, his only reception went for a TD. On the goalline, Kendricks lined up as a blocker. Then he drifted out toward the left side and caught an easy TD.

Week 8 - Kendricks did get a couple looks, including a big 18 yard play-action reception on the final drive. Kendricks gets little attention from the defense when heís on the field, which usually allows him to get a couple receptions in every game. He still represents a decent hail mary tight end, as he is probably on all waiver wires, and has a decent chance of getting a few receptions in each game.

Week 15 - Kendricks had a nice reception on a 4 yard corner route fade in the endzone for a TD. Kendricks certainly doesnít get enough looks to merit starting in any fantasy leagues, but he continues to score TDís for the Rams.

Week 17 - Kendricks started the season as an after-thought, and ended it on even terms with Cook. In fact, there is reason to think he could supplant Cook as the starter as this was only his second year, and he showed definite improvement. The final game was a mixed bag for Kendricks. On the opening drive, he caught a 14 yard out pattern, but then followed that up by letting a ball go through his hands into the waiting arms of a defender, which resulted in a pick 6. On the final drive, Kendricks made a tremendous 21 yard reception that setup the Rams lone TD. Clemens threw the ball WAY behind Kendricks, and perhaps was actually throwing the ball to a different receiver. But Kendricks reached way behind him with one arm and snagged the ball out of the air for a big gain. Kendricks may not have the speed of Cook, but he seems to be more consistent, and if he saw full-time snaps, would almost assuredly be able to equal Cookís numbers, based on what he did in his limited playing time this season.