Detroit Lions, NFC North Position Rankings: Tight Ends
By Jack Ozark
1. Green Bay Packers
Last season, it was thought the Green Bay Packers may have finally found a tight end in Jared Cook. This year, Cook is gone and the Packers have tried to revamp this position yet again. Except for this time, it may have worked.
First, the team went out and signed Super Bowl LI winner Martellus Bennett. The 10-year veteran ended up starting after Gronkowski‘s injury and helped the Patriots win it all. In recent years, two-way tight end seems to have disappeared. But Bennett remains as good as ever. Even if he’s only a check down and red zone threat for the Packers he’s going to do very well.
The signing of Bennett made a lot of noise. Their other tight end signing, Lance Kendricks, made next to none. After spending the first six years of his career on the St.Louis/Los Angeles Rams, Kendricks finally decided to return home to the Packers.
I have a feeling Kendricks is going to be a surprise at the position. He brings similar traits to the table as Bennett, just not at the same high level. Kendricks has been productive throughout his career, and that’s with quarterbacks such as Nick Foles, Case Keenum, and Shaun Hill throwing him the ball. I think we can all agree, Aaron Rodgers blows them out of the water.
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The Packers have one last tight end I see making the roster. I hope I’m not alone when I say I wish the Lions never had to play against him tonight. That’s right, it’s Richard Rodgers. Last season his numbers fell due to Cook becoming the starter. But that didn’t matter to me. Seeing him on the field only reminded me of one thing. I really wanted to avoid it, however, I know that his name brings back the same memory for you too.