Lance Ronnie Kendricks (born January 30, 1988) is an American football tight end for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Wisconsin, where he was recognized as a consensus All-American. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Lance Kendricks
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Kendricks with the Green Bay Packers in 2017
No. 87 – Los Angeles Chargers
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1988-01-30) January 30, 1988 (age 31)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school:Rufus King
(Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
College:Wisconsin
NFL Draft:2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2018
Receptions:241
Receiving yards:2,505
Receiving touchdowns:19
Player stats at NFL.com

Early yearsEdit

Kendricks was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He attended Rufus King International Baccalaureate High School in Milwaukee, where he played for the Rufus King Generals football and basketball teams. In football, he was a two-time all-city selection, the Generals' most valuable player (MVP) as a junior and senior, and the team captain as a senior. He caught 42 passes for 640 yards as a senior, and totaled 102 receptions for 1,905 yards during his high school career. He was also a member of the Generals track and field team, where he was one of the state's top performers in the jumping events. He was a four-time AAU triple jump champion. At the WIAA Division 1 State Championship, he finished third in the triple jump as a sophomore and second as a junior.

College careerEdit

Kendricks attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he played on the Wisconsin Badgers football team from 2007 to 2010. As a senior in 2010, he was a finalist for the John Mackey Award, received first-team All-Big Ten honors, and was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American.[1]

Kendricks also competed for the Badgers track team in 2007. At the Big Ten Indoor Championships, he placed 12th in the triple jump.[2] He also participated in the long jump event at the Big Ten Conference, where he took 21st.[3]

College statisticsEdit

Wisconsin Badgers
Year Games Receiving Rushing
G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD
2007 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
2008 8 0 6 141 23.5 36 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
2009 13 9 29 356 12.3 37 3 7 102 14.6 54 0
2010 13 11 43 663 15.4 34 5 2 −10 −5.0 0 0
Total 35 20 78 1,160 14.9 37 8 9 92 10.2 54 0
Source: UWBadgers.com

Professional careerEdit

External video
  Kendricks' NFL Combine workout
Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 2 78 in
(1.90 m)
243 lb
(110 kg)
32 in
(0.81 m)
9 58 in
(0.24 m)
4.75 s 1.69 s 2.77 s 4.15 s 6.94 s 34 12 in
(0.88 m)
10 ft 2 in
(3.10 m)
25 reps 21[4]
All values are from NFL Combine[5][6]

St. Louis / Los Angeles RamsEdit

The St. Louis Rams selected Kendricks in the second round (47th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.[7][8]

External video
  Kendricks gets drafted by St. Louis
  Lance Kendricks's NFL Draft Vignette
 
Kendricks with the Rams in 2016

On June 29, 2011, he signed a contract with the Rams.[9] He made his NFL debut on September 11, 2011, catching one pass for 18 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles.[10] On October 4, 2012, he recorded his first career touchdown on a 7-yard pass from Sam Bradford against the Arizona Cardinals.[11] On March 11, 2015, the Rams signed Kendricks to a four-year, $18.5 million contract extension that included $10 million guaranteed.[12][13] However, he was released by the Rams on March 10, 2017.[14]

Green Bay PackersEdit

 
Kendricks in a game against Mason Foster and the Washington Redskins

On March 11, 2017, the Green Bay Packers signed Kendricks to a two-year, $4 million contract that included a $1.2 million signing bonus.[15][16] On September 10, 2017, in his Packers debut, he had 2 receptions for 18 yards against the Seattle Seahawks.[17] On September 24, 2017, Kendricks caught his first touchdown with the Packers on a 1 yard pass from quarterback Aaron Rodgers in a 27–24 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. On October 7, 2018, he caught his first touchdown of the 2018 season from Rodgers in a 31–23 loss to the Detroit Lions.

New England PatriotsEdit

On July 24, 2019, Kendricks was signed by the New England Patriots.[18] He was suspended the first game of the season for violating the league's policy on substances of abuse.[19] He was released from the Patriots on September 9, 2019.[20]

Los Angeles ChargersEdit

On September 17, 2019, Kendricks was signed by the Los Angeles Chargers.[21]

NFL career statisticsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team Games Receiving Fumbles
G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2011 STL 15 10 28 352 12.6 45 0 1 1
2012 STL 16 14 42 519 12.4 80 4 1 0
2013 STL 15 13 32 258 8.1 21 4 0 0
2014 STL 16 14 27 259 9.6 23 5 0 0
2015 STL 15 12 25 245 9.8 37 2 0 0
2016 LA 16 16 50 499 10.0 44 2 1 1
2017 GB 16 9 18 203 11.3 51 1 0 0
2018 GB 16 3 19 170 10.6 22 1 0 0
Total 125 91 241 2,505 10.4 80 19 3 2
Source: NFL.com

Personal lifeEdit

Kendricks was stopped for a speeding violation in the early morning hours of September 2, 2017, while heading back to Green Bay from a Wisconsin Badgers football game. He was let go with a warning, but a citation for marijuana possession was issued in December 2017 as a result of a search during the traffic stop. The citation was dismissed in October 2018 but later that month, Kendricks was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession.[22] In January 2019, an attorney for Kendricks entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.[23] Kendricks later pled no contest and was sentenced to six months probation, with the charge to be dropped if eight hours of community service was completed.[24]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Wisconsin Badgers: Lance Kendricks". UWBadgers.com. Archived from the original on April 11, 2018. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  2. ^ "Big Ten Indoor Championships – Mens Results". WI.MileSplit.com. February 25, 2007. Archived from the original on September 12, 2017. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  3. ^ "Big Ten Conference – Complete Results". PA.MileSplit.com. May 13, 2007. Archived from the original on September 12, 2017. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  4. ^ McGinn, Bob (April 16, 2011). "State NFL draft prospects". JSOnline.com. Archived from the original on April 20, 2018. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  5. ^ "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles – Lance Kendricks". NFL.com. Archived from the original on September 5, 2015. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  6. ^ "Lance Kendricks – Wisconsin, TE : 2011 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". DraftScout.com. Archived from the original on April 9, 2018. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  7. ^ "2011 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  8. ^ "Lance Kendricks Draft Profile". NFL.com. Archived from the original on April 10, 2018. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  9. ^ Wagoner, Nick (June 29, 2011). "Rams Sign Seven Drafted Rookies". TheRams.com. Archived from the original on April 10, 2018. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  10. ^ "Eagles vs. Rams – Box Score – September 11, 2011". ESPN.com. September 11, 2011. Archived from the original on April 10, 2018. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  11. ^ "Cardinals vs. Rams – Box Score – October 4, 2012". ESPN.com. October 4, 2012. Archived from the original on April 11, 2018. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  12. ^ Simmons, Myles (March 11, 2015). "Rams Re-Sign Lance Kendricks". TheRams.com. Archived from the original on April 10, 2018. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  13. ^ Wagoner, Nick (March 16, 2015). "Breaking down TE Lance Kendricks' contract". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on April 15, 2018. Retrieved April 15, 2018.
  14. ^ Kalbrosky, Bryan (March 10, 2017). "The Rams traded William Hayes, cut Lance Kendricks and Eugene Sims". TheRamsWire.USAToday.com. Archived from the original on April 10, 2018. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  15. ^ "Packers sign TE Lance Kendricks". Packers.com. March 11, 2017. Archived from the original on April 10, 2018. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  16. ^ Demovsky, Rob (March 14, 2017). "Packers make (cash and cap) commitment to tight end position". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on April 15, 2018. Retrieved April 15, 2018.
  17. ^ "Seahawks vs. Packers – Box Score – September 10, 2017". ESPN.com. September 10, 2017. Archived from the original on April 11, 2018. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  18. ^ Gordon, Grant (July 24, 2019). "Lance Kendricks latest TE addition for Patriots". NFL.com.
  19. ^ Bergman, Jeremy (August 24, 2019). "Patriots TE Lance Kendricks suspended one game". NFL.com.
  20. ^ Williams, Charean. "Patriots cut Obi Melifonwu, Lance Kendricks". ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  21. ^ "Chargers Announce Pair of Signings". Chargers.com. September 17, 2019.
  22. ^ Schneider, Doug. "Green Bay Packers tight end Lance Kendricks faces new marijuana charge in 2017 traffic stop". Green Bay Press Gazette. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  23. ^ "Packers' Kendricks pleads not guilty on marijuana charge". WLUK. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  24. ^ "Kendricks given probation for marijuana possession". The Bradenton Herald. Retrieved July 7, 2019.

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