Kendricks recorded just three receptions for 50 yards in 12 games with the Chargers this season. The entirety of that meager production came during Weeks 3 and 4, in which Hunter Henry (knee), Virgil Green (groin) and Sean Culkin (knee) were all out. Kendricks would play just 26 offensive snaps from Week 6 onward and is likely on the tail end of a career that has spanned nine professional seasons.
Kendricks caught two of his three targets for 37 yards in the 30-10 win Sunday over the Dolphins. It's a bit improbable, but Kendricks might have some bona fide fantasy value, at least in deep formats, after Sunday's contest which saw nominal starter Sean Culkin tear his Achilles in the second half. The Chargers surely will bring in a healthy body at some point, but with Virgil Green (groin) still on the mend and Hunter Henry (knee) expected to be out for another couple of weeks, Kendricks technically is the only healthy tight end on the roster at the moment and, at least throughout Sunday's contest, saw a substantial jump in playing time (38 of 67 snaps on offense).
Kendricks corralled one of his two targets for 13 yards in the 27-20 loss Sunday to the Texans. The good news: Kendricks was the only tight end to catch a pass Sunday. The bad news: both Sean Culkin (44) and Virgil Green (27) significantly out-snapped Kendricks (11) throughout the contest. Considering the veteran tight end joined the team last week, the less-than-ideal snap count should be expected, but it's at least worth monitoring as the Chargers try to get by without Hunter Henry (knee) for an extended period. Still, the extreme target share going to the likes of Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and Austin Ekeler each week likely handicaps any sort of fantasy output for Kendricks.
Kendricks signed with the Chargers on Tuesday. Kendricks joins Los Angeles with regular starter Hunter Henry (knee) out for 3-to-5 weeks with a tibia plateau fracture. The veteran is eligible to play in Week 3 after serving a suspension during the season opener as a member of the Patriots, but it remains to be seen what his role will be with his new team. Virgil Green and Sean Culkin are the only other active tight ends on the roster for the time being.
Kendricks (suspension) was released by the Patriots on Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Kendricks was suspended for Sunday's season opener for violating the NFL's policy and program on substances of abuse, and he'll return to free agency without taking a regular-season snap with the Patriots. The 31-year-old should be eligible to play Week 2 if he signs elsewhere, though he was also dealing with an undisclosed injury at the end of the preseason.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|9||11/08||Las Vegas Raiders||15||6.40|
|11||11/22||New York Jets||23||9.00|
|13||12/06||New England Patriots||7||5.20|
|15||12/17||@Las Vegas Raiders||15||6.40|
|17||01/03||@Kansas City Chiefs||13||6.00|
|3 Year Avg||22||13||141||1||7||10.85||20|