Another former Wisconsin Badgers standout finds a home on an NFL roster.
Former first-team All-American tight end Lance Kendricks—just released by the Los Angeles Rams on Friday—signed with the Green Bay Packers on Saturday. ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Rob Demovsky first reported the news earlier in the afternoon.
Kendricks is the second tight end to sign with Green Bay in two days, as general manager Ted Thompson inked Martellus Bennett—formerly of the New England Patriots and Chicago Bears—on Friday. The former Ram caught 50 passes for 499 yards and two touchdowns during the 2016 season in the organization’s first year in Los Angeles.
In his six-year NFL career, the 29-year-old has hauled in 204 receptions for 2,132 yards and 17 touchdowns. He was drafted in the second round by the Rams franchise (formerly in St. Louis) back in 2011.
ESPN Wisconsin’s Jason Wilde reported on Saturday that Kendricks has been working out with a few of his new Green Bay teammates—quarterback Aaron Rodgers, outside linebacker Clay Matthews and left tackle David Bakhtiari—in southern California.
In his time at Wisconsin, Kendricks caught 78 passes for 1,160 yards and eight touchdowns. He led the Badgers in receptions (43), receiving yards (663) and touchdowns (five) in 2010 when he was a John Mackey Award finalist. That same season as a team captain, he was honored with first-team All-American selections from the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Pro Football Weekly, Sports Illustrated and The Sporting News.