LA Rams released players quickly claimed by other teams

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Chiefs have signed TE Kendall Blanton

When the LA Rams learned that tight end Brycen Hopkins would be suspended for four weeks, the team signed former Rams tight end Kendall Blanton to their active roster to add depth to a glaringly thin position. During his time with the Rams, he caught two of two passes for 35 yards. That was not enough to remain, it seems.

The Kansas City Chiefs have signed tight end Kendall Blanton to their practice squad once more. And you could say that Chiefs head coach Andy Reid knows something about coaching good tight-end play. After all, he is the head coach of Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, currently the sixth-leading receiver and top tight end in receiving yards in the NFL.

Ironically, Blanton has a chance to earn his second Super Bowl ring in two consecutive seasons. While Blanton is not Travis Kelce, he has an undervalued ability to catch the football, a characteristic that was not lost on the astute observation of ‘Big Red’ Andy Reid. Blanton is the guy who can catch the pass to move the chains at a key point in the game. And he can block willingly as well. He is a tough player of a tough sport, and the Chiefs fans will love what he brings to their team.

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Summing up the Rams’ roster moves

The LA Rams, if for no other reason, have pushed the pedal to the metal in terms of racing to reset their roster for the 2023 NFL season. This is a Rams team that had stagnated, pushing to win now at such a frantic pace that younger players were only getting experience at sitting on the sidelines and watching the veterans work each week.

Rather than sit veterans, even partially, to give younger prospects the opportunity to get NFL experience, the Rams have gone cold turkey (pun intended) and have outright released three contributors to make way for playing time for younger players.

While it’s always fun to try to tie in some reason to be thankful in an article published on Thanksgiving Day, this one is easy to do. I, for one, and very thankful for the effort, energy, and contribution of each and every player on the Rams roster today, and in the past. I’m thankful for the coaches that spent countless hours preparing them to compete for the LA Rams. I’m thankful that all that training, patience, and effort, culminated in this team winning Super Bowl LVI.

But most of all, I’m thankful that all three released LA Rams players have the opportunity to continue to play football.

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