Patriots add Lance Kendricks to tight end group

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The Patriots are adding another tight end to the group of players vying for roles on the offense this season.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the team is signing veteran Lance Kendricks.

Kendricks spent the last two seasons with the Packers and caught 19 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown last season. He entered the league as a Rams second-round pick in 2011 and has 241 career catches for 2,505 yards and 19 touchdowns.

The Patriots also signed Benjamin Watson in the wake of Rob Gronkowski’s retirement this offseason, but Watson will miss the first four games of the year due to a suspension. Matt LaCosse, Stephen Anderson, Ryan Izzo and Andrew Beck are also on hand.

14 responses to “Patriots add Lance Kendricks to tight end group

  1. Throw it at the wall….We shall see. Anderson seems to the best chance at a lock with Izzo as a good blocker as maybe another. Depends what Brady says, as per usual. LaCosse has a shot.

  2. “Tom Brady doesn’t make personnel decisions”.

    That’s a quote from Bill Belichick.

  3. All these people that keep saying they need to replace Gronk are out of their minds??? You can’t replace him, you would need at least 2 different players both with great abilities. A blocker and a pass catcher. There’s a reason they took Harry. They are going to make teams cover the sidelines instead of the seams. If Gordon comes back that will be even harder. Force the defense outside because of the speed and ability. This will open up the middle of the field for the backs and Edelman.

  4. He had one 50 catch year as his best effort, and that was a few seasons ago. Does have a good ratio of receptions to targets for what he had last year.

    Lets see how he works out in camp.

  5. patriots123456 says:
    July 24, 2019 at 11:57 am
    “Tom Brady doesn’t make personnel decisions”.

    That’s a quote from Bill Belichick.

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    Umm, except Tom Brady gives feedback to his coaches and they value his opinion.

    Oh yes he does. Yes he does. To pretend BB doesn’t try to accommodate Brady is preposterous.

    If Brady becomes annoyed with a player on offense, you can best believe that player is gone. Don’t be fooled.

  6. dsigrey says:
    July 24, 2019 at 12:26 pm
    All these people that keep saying they need to replace Gronk are out of their minds??? You can’t replace him, you would need at least 2 different players both with great abilities. A blocker and a pass catcher. There’s a reason they took Harry. They are going to make teams cover the sidelines instead of the seams. If Gordon comes back that will be even harder. Force the defense outside because of the speed and ability. This will open up the middle of the field for the backs and Edelman.

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    Correct. It’s not like Gronk was used or targeted a ton last year anyway. They used him mostly as a blocker. Within that, they will miss his beastly blocking. If Izzo can sort of do a solid job there, they may be ok with that. Regardless, his blocking is a loss.

  7. More the merrier. Come September they can retool again with 1,000 players back on the street.

  8. Strange Trollin Ben Volin and Tom Curran when given a chance to get Belichick to address their made up narratives never asks him for his opinion. Ben Volin didn’t ask about the personnel guy leaving for Houston. They didn’t even ask about Edelman missing three weeks.

  9. To pretend BB doesn’t try to accommodate Brady is preposterous.
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    brady has zero input on personnel decisions. belichick / mcdaniels respect and welcome brady’s input on offensive game planing of course, after all he is universally recognized as the greatest football player of all time.

  10. Kendricks is decent — he didn’t make a ton of plays in Green Bay, but he’s a smart player — the kind of guy the Patriots invariably figure out how to use.

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