With Training Camp team practices set to begin in less than 24 hours, the New England Patriots apparently have addressed a veteran need at a key offensive position. Per sources, the Patriots have signed tight end Lance Kendricks to a one-year deal. The signing was first reported on Wednesday by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Kendricks, 31, is an eight-year NFL veteran. The 6-foot-3, 250 pound, former Wisconsin Badger was a second-round pick of the St. Louis Rams in 2011. He played his first six NFL seasons as the team’s starting tight end. Kendricks compiled a career-high 519 receiving yards in 2012 and earned a career-high 50 receptions in 2016. Last season, while playing for the Green Bay Packers, he caught 19 passes for 170 yards and one touchdown.
Following the retirement of Rob Gronkowski, New England has been seeing a veteran presence at tight end. The Pats attempted to fill that void by adding Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Matt LaCosse and bringing in Benjamin Watson, for a second tour of duty. Watson, however, was suspended for the first four games of the regular season for a violation of the league’s substance policy. Also, the team released Seferian-Jenkins, after he decided to step away from football to focus on personal issues.
Kendricks is expected to compete for a spot on the Patriots 53-man roster, along with LaCosse, Stephen Anderson, Ryan Izzo and Andrew Beck.
–Mike D’Abate is a Managing Editor and National Columnist for Full Press Coverage Sports Media. He covers the New England Patriots and provides NFL editorial content. Follow him on Twitter @mdabateFPC