From the moment that the LA Rams lost veteran tight end, Johnny Mundt, for the remainder of the 2021 NFL season, questions arose over how the team would respond. After all, Mundt is critical for the LA Rams blocking scheme, but he is not exactly used frequently as a receiver in the passing game.
Of course, it’s not our style simple to throw out a question without giving readers the data to form their own conclusions. So it was when we posed the question earlier in the week about who would the Rams appoint to take over for Johnny Mundt’s role in the Rams offense.
Our conclusion? Well from our ‘Who can take over TE2 spot for LA Rams after losing TE Johnny Mundt?’ article that we had published just four days ago:
"‘So far, we’ve been talking about trying to reshape square pegs to fit into round holes. But promoting Kendall Blanton to the active roster now would most certainly put a big burly blocker back onto the team’s roster. Hey, this guy is 6-foot-6 and weighs 260 pounds. If anyone on the team’s roster can block at the tight end spot, Blanton is it.’"
And it seems that the LA Rams agree. At least for Week 7, that is.
Blanton is the obvious choice here. Standing 6-foot-6 and weighing in at 260-pounds, he is nearly as big and strong as an offensive tackle. While all of that is well and good, Blanton has also shown remarkable progress in developing a rapport with quarterback Matthew Stafford in training camp as well.
That means that Blanton is not just on the roster to smash defenders at the line of scrimmage. Blanton is also a viable offensive target in the passing game. And since the Detroit Lions, nor any other NFL team, as witnessed that so far, the Rams could use him in Week 7 with devastating effects.
Kendall Blanton may have taken his time to get to the Rams’ active roster on game day. But you should look for him to make the most of the opportunity now that he is here.