Lance Kendricks Adds A New Element For Packers
On Saturday afternoon, Green Bay added another tight end by bringing Milwaukee native Lance Kendricks back to Wisconsin where they signed him to a one-year deal. This is the second tight end move in as many days, and it can be said, Green Bay isn’t messing around with offensive weapons for Aaron Rodgers. That’s a welcomed sight to see, and the things that Mike McCarthy will do with two pass-catching tight ends could be really special.
It’s hard to really look at Kendricks stats for his career. He played for the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams, and their circus of traveling quarterbacks. To give you an indication of that, Rams quarterbacks targeted Kendricks 87 times last season, and he only caught 50 of them with not many of them being drops. Rams were looking Kendricks way, but the ball never got to him. He’s an imposing figure with a 6’3 240 frame, therefore, he would be the more of the speed tight end than Bennett. Still, Green Bay hasn’t had a tight end duo like this in quite some time. It really might be the best since Mark Chruma and Keith Jackson, but that might be signing each players’ praises too much.
McCarthy is going to have a field day with two tight end sets. It allows for Green Bay to do so much more creative shit on the field. They can still split Kendricks out and use him as a pseudo receiver. Or they could do the classic West Coast offense with two eight ends, two wideouts and a running back. The thought of that sounds pretty good. Also too, McCarthy has two guys who can actually run that three-yard out he adores like the halfback toss who can actually gain eight or nine yards.
People think this spells the end for Richard Rodgers, and I’m not sure about that. I could see Packers converting him to a H-back or being a second tight end on more run plays. There’s nothing wrong with having multiple options for the quarterback, and if he’s another piece that fits, keep him on the roster.