ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rams tight end Lance Kendricks has developed into more than just a red zone threat. He has at least two catches inside the opponents' 20 or a touchdown in each of his last five games.
The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Kendricks also is a solid blocker and has helped improve the Rams' running game in the past three weeks.
It's the best start for Kendricks since he was drafted in the second round out of Wisconsin in 2011. Last year, he finished with 42 receptions for 519 yards. That was the most yards receiving by a Rams tight end since the team moved to St. Louis in 1995.
This season, Kendricks has 20 catches for 159 yards and three touchdowns. Eleven of his receptions have been for first downs. He had a season-high five catches against Dallas.
"I would agree I'm off to a good start this season," Kendricks said Friday. "The main thing for me is to stay consistent. I have things to work on and make myself a better player. I want to improve my game.
"As far as tight ends, it's kind of hard because we have so many different jobs. We have a lot on our plate but at the same time, I want to make the most out of it."
He has done that for the Rams (3-5). Kendricks is versatile and can also line up in the slot as a receiver or come out of the backfield as a fullback.
The Rams are playing a lot of two- and three-tight end sets, so Kendricks is heavily involved.
In last week's 14-9 loss to Seattle, Kendricks caught two passes for 23 yards. He also helped block on the line, helping rookie running back Zac Stacy rush for 134 yards on 26 carries.
Kendricks has shown a knack for scoring in the red zone. All three of his touchdowns have been come inside the 20-yard line.
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