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St. Louis Rams Offseason: Schottenheimer Talks Tight Ends

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June 12, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams tight end Mike McNeill (89) catches during minicamp at ContinuityX Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
June 12, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams tight end Mike McNeill (89) catches during minicamp at ContinuityX Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

Tight ends have been a subject of much conversation at TST lately. Why stop now? Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer talked about the St. Louis Rams tight ends following Thursday's final session of minicamp. Among the more interesting revelations from Schotty was his familiarity with 2011 second-round pick Lance Kendricks.

Asked about the tight ends, Kendricks was the first thing out of Schottenheimer's mouth.

"I know one thing, starting with Lance (Kendricks), we really liked Lance back in New York when we looked at him," Schottenheimer said. "I think he's got a chance to be a terrific all-around player."

If there's one thing the Rams' offense really needs, it's for Kendricks to be a "terrific all-around player." His rookie season was a series of misfires, but he did block pretty well.

Schottenheimer went on to echo what Jeff Fisher said about the tight ends a day before.

"We are complementing him with guys that can do some stuff in the running game, also some match-up," Schottenheimer said. "We have some really talented young players. I think if you watch DeAngelo Peterson out here, even Jamie Childers is a guy that showed up and we'll be excited to get (Mike) ‘Hooman' (Hoomanawanui) back. Tight ends create a problem in this league, in our opinion, for match-ups because you can get in multiple formations with those guys and sometimes they are in the backfield and sometimes they are playing receiver and sometimes they are in line and that allows you to create problems for a defense."

Once training camp starts, this collection of players will be competing for three or four roster spots. It should make for one of the more interesting sideshows in training camp, and definitely one of the more important ones.