Cory Harkey will continue to see time this season as the Rams fullback and reserve tight end. His best attribute is as a blocker, and he only had five catches for 26 yards in 2015. His role is not expected to expand this season, and he should not be drafted in the majority of leagues.
Harkey has inked an undisclosed deal to remain with the Rams, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. With Jared Cook gone, Harkey should play a larger role in the offense as the Rams love two-tight end sets. He only had five catches for 26 yards last season and is primarily a blocker, but should see at least a minor spike in production in 2016.
The Rams have reportedly signed safety Rodney McLeod and tight end Cory Harkey to their restricted free agent tenders, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan. Harkey had eight catches for 55 yards and a touchdown last season while McLeod totaled 72 tackles with two interceptions in 16 games.
Several Rams contributed in their Week 16 loss to the Giants. Among them, wideout Chris Givens caught his only target for a 47-yard touchdown and receiver Stedman Bailey secured two of five targets for 22 yards. Wideout Tavon Austin ran three times for 25 yards and had a 15-yard reception. Backup running back Benny Cunningham ran once for minus-1 yard and caught two passes for 19 yards. Tight end Cory Harkey made a 1-yard catch. They'll all finish the season at Seattle.
The Rams backup pass catchers did little Week 15 against the Cardinals. Tight end Jared Cook came up with three catches, gaining 22 yards. Cory Harkey had just one reception, but finished with 21 yards. Tavon Austin pulled in two balls, gaining 14 yards. He also gained 8 rushing yards on his only attempt of the night. Tight end Lance Kendricks had one catch, finishing with 10 yards. The group will hope for more Week 16 against the Giants.
The Rams will have nearly all of their probable players Week 15 against the Cardinals. Kenny Britt and James Laurinaitis are two of the bigger names on the list. Britt was listed on the injury report, though his issue was not injury related. Laurinaitis is dealing with an ankle injury. The team will also have Cory Harkey, Will Herring, Rodger Saffold and Scott Wells. All four players came into the contest listed as probable.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||@San Francisco 49ers||7||6.13|
|3||09/25||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||11||6.50|
|7||10/23||New York Giants||32||11.38|
|10||11/13||@New York Jets||2||4.75|
|12||11/27||@New Orleans Saints||33||12.38|
|13||12/04||@New England Patriots||6||6.00|
|16||12/24||San Francisco 49ers||7||6.13|
|3 Year Avg||12||9||65||1||5||7.22||12|