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2019 Los Angeles Rams roster preview: TE Johnny Mundt has to pair the game with the name

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Mundt looks to hold on as the Rams third tight end this season.

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Los Angeles Rams TE Johnny Mundt isn’t as tall as TE Tyler Higbee or as fast as TE Gerald Everett, but he really isn’t chopped liver.

He has a total of just one career catch, which would be 75 if you were to multiply it by 75. But really, Mundt has ability. He flashed it when he was an Oregon Duck as well as during the preseason last year. The guy can block and is a decent target. Mundt also cracked Special Teams Coordinator John Fassel’s Bones Brigade appearing on about half of the Rams’ special teams snaps last season.

The name Mundt doesn’t sound all that dynamic, but it is a good tight end name. If you’re named Johnny Mundt, I bet you can take a hit and hold onto the ball.

Johnny Mundt!

Roster Battle

Mundt is looking to hang on as the Rams third tight end, but special teams will be his lifeline until he gets a more serious opportunity to work with the offense. His stiffest competition may come from UDFA tight end Kendall Blanton (roster preview) who draftscout.com projected as a possible 5th - or 6th-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Missouri. Blanton is slower than Mundt, but has great size at 6’6”, and 262 lbs. The Rams also brought in UDFAs Romello Brooker (roster preview) from the University of Houston and Keenan Brown from Texas State.

Expectations

I’d guess Mundt will make the team due to his experience. I don’t think Rams Head Coach Sean McVay would be that alarmed if Mundt had to step up for a few games should Everett or Higbee get dinged up. That matters. So while it’s possible, I wouldn’t bet on an UDFA being able to unseat Mundt this season.

Chances of Making Roster (6/10)

More likely than not Mundt beats out the law firm of Blanton, Brooker and Brown.