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Former Packers, Badgers TE Kendricks signs with Pats

July 24, 2019 - 5:36 pm

Lance Kendricks, former Packers and Badgers tight end, has found a new NFL home just in time for training camps to start.

Kendricks, a second-round pick of the Rams out of Wisconsin in 2011, spent the past two seasons of his eight-year NFL career with the Packers. He played all 32 games, starting 12, and totaled 37 catches on 60 targets for 373 yards…and just two touchdowns.

The 31-year-old now joins a Patriots offense which has shown an affinity for incorporating tight ends. A tight end has led the Pats’ offense in receiving touchdowns four of the past five seasons and in receiving yards three of the past five seasons – namely Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett.

With Gronkowski having announced his retirement following the Patriots’ Super Bowl LIII win over the Rams, Kendricks has an opportunity to find a significant role. He joins a tight ends group that includes: 16-year veteran Benjamin Watson, newcomers Matt LaCosse and Stephen Anderson and rookies Ryan Izzo and Andrew Beck.