If you had to guess where the LA Rams would add their next player, I suspect that it would not be the tight end position. But SURPRISE! That is where the latest Rams free agency signing is targetted. Now the question becomes, is this just a warm camp body, or does FA tight end Nikola Kalinic offer something more than a filled roster spot?
To answer that question, we have to take a look at what the 6-foot-5 256-pound Canadian tight end Nikola Kalinic brings to the Rams roster. So what is that?
Well, he has tried out for quite a few NFL teams, ultimately landing on the Indianapolis Colts practice squad during the 2022 NFL season. Eventually, he was promoted to the active roster for the final seven games of the season, splitting his time between special teams and offense. At first glance, this appears to be a low-risk low-reward signing.
And perhaps that is all that this is.
But when the team is the LA Rams, and the position is a tight end, you have to look for more than rote statistics. Because Kalinic split his time evenly between special teams play and offense, is this a move to bolster the LA Rams special team roster? I had to do some digging, but I uncovered this little gem:
"The six-foot-four, 255-pound native of Toronto is an impact blocker and plays consistently on special teams, notching eight special teams tackles in 2021. He has experience at slotback, tight end, H-back, and fullback and has appeared in back-to-back Grey Cup games." - as reported per John Hodge of 3 down nation.com
The LA Rams are clearly looking for a blocking tight end and special teams impact players. Is Nikola Kalinic the answer?
Well, he is getting his shot. Stay tuned . . .