Three and out: Kendricks on the verge

Ramming it up: St. Louis Rams OC Brian Schottenheimer praised tight end Lance Kendricks, telling the Rams official site, “I think he’s got a chance to be a terrific all-around player.” The coach admitted this isn’t the first time Kendricks has caught his eye. “I know one thing, I think starting with Lance (Kendricks), we really liked Lance back in New York when we looked at him.” Kendricks carried some sleeper-potential hype in fantasy drafts last year, but he failed to live up to expectations. However, QB Sam Bradford was not healthy and the old regime is gone. With Jeff Fisher now heading the team, Bradford healthy and no true No. 1 WR threat, Kendricks could see a high amount of targets. Kendricks also has among the most-favorable schedules for tight ends in 2012. He should still be considered a sleeper in fantasy drafts this year, but this time around, it’s merited.

Wait and see: Entering the final year of his contract, Houston Texans QB Matt Schaub will have to earn a new one. According to the Houston Chronicle, Schaub stated “he didn’t know whether his agent was involved in long-term talks with the team.” The Texans will still have the option to franchise him next year, but he can at least gain some leverage if he performs well this season. With his future at stake, the veteran signal-caller will be giving his best effort. Though the situation bodes well for his fantasy prospects, Schaub has missed 16 games in 5 seasons with the Texans. Consider him a No. 2 fantasy quarterback with big upside if he can stay healthy.

Earned his stripes: After making his first Pro Bowl last year, Cincinatti Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham is ready to mimic the player he replaced on the game’s roster. Talking with, he stated his admiration for Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots. “He and Jimmy (Graham) had the best seasons ever by a tight end. You have to see what they’re doing. How they’re getting open, how they’re getting so many balls. He’s a beast. What he got, he deserved.” Gresham did more than just watch tape of Gronkowski, he “watched every catch five times.” With Jerome Simpson now in Minnesota, Gresham will have his chance to improve on a solid sophomore season. Currently considered a No. 2 fantasy TE, Gresham has fewer offensive weapons to contend with than most others at his position. He could provide great value for those who wait on a selecting a tight end in fantasy drafts.

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