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Former Badger impresses Ram teammates

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Associated Press
August 3, 2011
— While the St. Louis Rams wait for top pick Robert Quinn to recover from a knee injury, their second-rounder is fitting in nicely.

Tight end Lance Kendricks has been working with the first unit.


The former Wisconsin star said coming out of a complicated system in college has helped him pick up new offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels’ playbook pretty quickly. He has both size and speed at 6 feet 2 and 240 pounds and with a 4.49 40-yard dash time, so could stretch defenses from the middle of the field.


“I’m kind of used to the terminology and lingo. They’re kind of the same, so I try to take the similarities and apply them,” McDaniels said.


The Rams’ top pass-catching tight end last season, Daniel Fells, signed with the Broncos. Quarterback Sam Bradford’s favorite target this summer was Billy Bajema, given both are from Oklahoma City, but Bajema is more of a blocking tight end.


Kendricks has the potential to be both, and more. Already in training camp, he’s also lined up at fullback and in the slot.


“Kind of like I did in college. I’m used to that, which is good,” Kendricks said.


“I’m picking up the offense a lot better than I thought I would.”


Not acting much like a rookie, either.


“I’m trying not to get nervous or anything, just get out there and act like it’s college all over again and just be calm,” Kendricks said. “That’s how you do it.”


Bradford has been impressed with Kendrick’s energy level and his physical play.


“I think he’s probably taken more reps than anyone in our offense,” Bradford said. “It seems like every time I look out there he’s in there.”



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