It was thought that Kendricks would play a bigger role after joining the Packers last offseason, and even though he took over as the starter in October following the departure of fellow tight end Martellus Bennett, he did not come close to matching the 50 receptions he posted in 2016. In fact, he finished with the lowest reception total of his career; so though figures to be back in Green Bay in 2018 after signing a two-year contract, it's unlikely he will head into the season any higher than No. 2 on the depth chart.
Kendricks reeled in four of nine targets for 36 yards in Saturday's 16-0 loss to the Vikings.
The target and reception totals were both season highs for Kendricks, who took on primacy in the Packers' passing attack with top wideouts Davante Adams (concussion) ruled out in advance of the contest and key targets Jordy Nelson (shoulder) and Richard Rodgers (shoulder) exiting early. Kendricks would continue to see the bulk of snaps at tight end if Rodgers is ruled out for the Dec. 31 season finale against the Lions, but it's difficult to envision him offering much production beyond what he provided in Week 16.
Kendricks caught one pass for five yards in Sunday's loss to the Panthers.
The return of quarterback Aaron Rodgers did nothing for Kendricks' production, but it did provide a boost for the numbers of fellow tight end Richard Rodgers, who had by far his best day of the season. Regardless of who is at quarterback, Kendricks' minimal output -- 14 receptions in 14 games -- will keep him on the fringes of fantasy relevancy over the season's final two weeks.
Kendricks caught two passes for 11 yards in Sunday's victory over the Browns.
Kendricks briefly left Sunday's game after suffering a jaw injury, but he was able to both return to and finish the contest. He saw a season-high five targets against a Browns defense that has been routinely beaten by opposing tight ends this season, but was not able to turn that into any meaningful production, and did not top 11 yards for the fifth straight week. He could become more involved in the offense down the stretch if starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) returns, but regardless of who is under center in Week 15, don't expect much out of Kendricks against a Panthers defense surrendering just 3.3 receptions and 35 yards to tight ends on a weekly basis.
Kendricks was charged Friday with possession of THC from a September traffic stop in Outagamie County, Wis., Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Although Kendricks initially was stopped for speeding, a Wisconsin state trooper noted the smell of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. A subsequent search of the tight end's car produced some paraphernalia. The Packers nor the NFL are unlikely to chime in until the legal process plays out, but there's precedent for a suspension by one of his own teammates, Geronimo Allison, who received a one-game ban to start this season due to a similar charge. Kendricks will continue to play a minimal role in the Packers' passing attack.
|2011||St. Louis Rams||15||10||28||352||12.6||45||0||5||1||15|
|2012||St. Louis Rams||16||14||42||519||12.4||80||4||6||1||25|
|2013||St. Louis Rams||15||13||32||258||8.1||21||4||1||0||16|
|2014||St. Louis Rams||16||14||27||259||9.6||23||5||3||0||17|
|2015||St. Louis Rams||15||12||25||245||9.8||37||2||3||0||11|
|2017||Green Bay Packers||16||9||18||203||11.3||51||1||3||1||8|
|2011||St. Louis Rams||15||10||1||-8||-8.0||-8||0||0||0|
|2012||St. Louis Rams||16||14||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2013||St. Louis Rams||15||13||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2014||St. Louis Rams||16||14||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2015||St. Louis Rams||15||12||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Green Bay Packers||16||9||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2011||St. Louis Rams||15||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||St. Louis Rams||16||3||3.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||St. Louis Rams||15||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||St. Louis Rams||16||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2015||St. Louis Rams||15||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||Green Bay Packers||16||5||5.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2011||St. Louis Rams||15||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2012||St. Louis Rams||16||1||0||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2013||St. Louis Rams||15||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||St. Louis Rams||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||St. Louis Rams||15||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Green Bay Packers||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|