Kendricks caught two passes for 18 yards in Sunday's victory over the Seahawks. Kendricks made a minimal impact on Sunday's game, his first since signing with his hometown squad during the offseason. He did clearly run as the Packers' No. 2 tight end, however, as according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, he played 21 snaps to the five accumulated by third-string tight end Richard Rodgers.
Kendricks is listed as the backup tight end on the Packers' depth chart heading into Week 1. Kendricks caught just two passes during his first preseason with his new team, but that will not prevent him from sliding in as the No. 2 tight end between starter Martellus Bennett and third-stringer Richard Rodgers. It will be tough for Kendricks to match last year's totals of 50 receptions and 499 yards as a backup, but he still figures to play a regular role in Green Bay.
Kendricks played 18 snaps in Saturday's preseason contest, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, but did not catch a pass. Kendricks has not caught a pass this preseason, but that does not necessarily reflect how he will be used during the regular season, as the Packers figure to take advantage of his versatility in two-tight-end sets along with the top option at the position, Martellus Bennett.
Kendricks signed a contract with Packers on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports. Kendricks returns home to Wisconsin just a day after the team reached an agreement with fellow tight end Martellus Bennett. The Packers let veteran Jared Cook walk in free agency but are quickly filling the void as Kendricks, Bennett, and Richard Rodgers all figure to be integral parts of Aaron Rodgers' arsenal. Last season with the Rams, Kendricks recorded 50 receptions for 499 yards and two touchdowns, marking the best year of his career. The details of the contract are still unknown.
Kendricks was released by the Rams on Thursday, Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register reports. The veteran tight end was due to make $3.75 million in base salary each of the next two season before being released Thursday. With Kendricks gone, the Rams could be signaling their confidence in second-year tight end Tyler Higbee. However, there's also a chance that the Rams wanted to clear some room at the position in order to dip into this year's deep rookie class of tight ends. In any case, Kendricks should garner some attention on the open market after a strong 50-catch campaign in 2016. He'll be 29 when the season begins.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/22||New Orleans Saints||29||13.00|
|13||12/03||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||7||4.00|
|3 Year Avg||55||34||334||3||17||9.82||51|