We have gone through the St. Louis Rams 2014 statistical projections of the quarterback, running backs, and wide receiver positions. In our previous projections we have learned that Sam Bradford is projected to throw a career high in touchdowns, the Rams are projected to have over 2,000 yards rushing, and the 1,000 yard receiver drought will continue.
NFL.com- 541 yards receiving, 7 TDs
ESPN.com- 47 receptions, 537 yards, 3 TDs
Last season Jared Cook burst onto the scene in St. Louis leading the team in receiving yards. He did lead tight ends with eight dropped passes, but he was the big receiving tight end that the Rams were looking for when the signed him in free agency.
Both of these projections are pretty similar in terms of receiving yards, but differ significantly in touchdown receptions. Last season Cook ended with 671 yards, however, 141 or 20% of those yards came in week one. It would be fair to say that Cook ends up with 45 receptions for 500 to 600 yards, and four touchdowns which would still be decent numbers for a tight end.
NFL.com- 311 yards receiving, 3 TDs
Possibly one of the most underrated players on the Rams roster, Lance Kendricks is a solid number two and compliment to Jared Cook. He might even be the more well-rounded tight end as he can catch as well as block.
Kendricks’ stats aren’t eye-opening, but last season he caught 76.2% of balls thrown his way which ranked seventh in the NFL. In 2012 Kendricks had his best season as a pro, but last season, with the addition of Cook, he took a step back statistically. Around 300-400 yards with three touchdowns is a fair projection.
Being a run-first team, the Rams won’t get the same production out of their tight ends as the Patriots, Saints, or Broncos. However, 800-1,000 yards and eight touchdowns for the tandem would be considered pretty good numbers.