Rams rookie TE Lance Kendricks is impressing at camp.
"Lance has done some great things," Sam Bradford told reporters in St. Louis. "He has been asked to do a lot as well. I think he’s probably taken more reps than anyone else on our offense."
That last part could be telling. The Rams envision moving Kendricks, a second-round pick, around the formation and keeping him on the field.
"It seems like that every time I look out there, he’s in there," Bradford said. "Whether he is at 'Y,' he’s at 'F,' he’s playing wide receiver some. I think he’s done a great job; he’s physical. He really stood out to me yesterday when we put the pads on and we had the 'Ram Drill.'"
Turn your playbooks to the index for a little review session. The "Y" spot is where traditional tight ends line up. The "F" spot refers more to the slot and allows for more motion/movement. As for the Ram Drill? It's a version of the Oklahoma Drill featuring one-on-one battles between blockers and tacklers.
It's notoriously difficult for rookie TEs to make an impact, but after what the New England duo did last season, teams may try to incorporate their pass-catching TEs as quickly as possible. Josh McDaniels' system isn't generally TE-friendly, but the Rams didn't draft Kendricks for his blocking. He's a sleeper to keep an eye on.