How about that performance from LA Rams TE Kendall Blanton?

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There he is, LA Rams tight end Kendall Blanton, a young and hopeful player who entered the 2021 NFL season simply hoping to make a roster spot. And here we were, more than happy to take a look at him, his potential, to share his story. We’ve done it all season, looking for the overlooked. Well, we’re here to tell you, Kendall Blanton has proven his worth, folks. He’s proving it each week.

We’re here for the seldom seen, the players on the Rams roster who need someone to tell their tale. We’ve been there for offensive center Coleman Shelton, whose opportunity occurred three times this season. The result? The Rams played to a 3-0 record, and those three games just happened to be the most productive games for running back Sony Michel. No, it’s not a coincidence.

But Kendall Blanton was another story altogether. He is a 6-foot-6 260-pound tight end who was an undrafted rookie free agent signed by the team after the 2019 NFL Draft. In his draft profile, he was described as a player worth developing on an NFL roster due to his size, speed, and power. Blanton can block as well as catch passes, an attribute that would prove to be critical for the Rams in 2021.

He played one game, four special team snaps, that rookie year.  After that? The team drafted tight ends, like Brycen Hopkins and Jacob Harris, pushing Blanton to the bottom of the depth chart. He remained on the team’s radar, fortunately for both the player and the team.

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Blanton’s first ‘shot’ at competing for the LA Rams occurred when the team learned that TE Johnny Mundt was injured, and would be out for the season. TE Jacob Harris was also injured and out for the season. Both injuries can in the year after TE Gerald Everett had signed on with the Seattle Seahawks.