Posted September 07, 2013 on AP on Fox
Gettyimage.ashx_url_http_3a_2f_2fcache.gettyimages.com_2fxc_2f94286747.jpg_3fv_3d1_26c_3dewsasset_26k_3d2_26d_3d77bfba49ef878921cc759df4ebac47d03ce09475660df7c877cd407699bfec0e2668528f6788259e
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By WARREN MAYES Associated Press Two tight ends could start the opener for the St. Louis Rams, which does not necessarily detract from the big-play potential on offense. Jared Cook, the team's top free-agent pickup, and Lance Kendricks both can stretch the field. Cook signed a five-year, $35.1-million deal in the offseason. At 6-foot-5, Cook adds speed to the Rams along with the ability to go up for a pass. He is now reunited with Rams coach Jeff Fisher after playing his first two seasons under Fisher with the Tennessee Titans. The 6-foot-3 Kendricks was a second-round draft pick by the Rams in 2011. Kendricks opened training camp on the physically unable to perform list after having minor surgery on his right knee. He has returned to practice and will play in Sunday's opener at home against Arizona. The two figure to be a big part in the offense this year and they are looking forward to it. ''This (offense) is going to be a lot more opened up,'' Cook said. ''There will be more effort to involve everybody. It's an offense where you're going to see everybody's talents, which is the most exciting thing. There's a lot of speed.'' Kendricks said he thinks this offense can produce. ''We need to come out of the gate swinging,'' said Kendricks, who has 70 catches and four touchdowns in his two seasons with St. Louis. ''There's a lot of big expectations for this offense this year. We have the right people to do it. We have to be able to go out there on game day and do it. We can do it in practice all we want but where it counts is on the field in a game.'' Quarterback Sam Bradford said he is happy to have Cook and Kendricks to throw to along with wide receivers Chris Givens, Austin Pettis and rookie Tavon Austin. ''It's great to have Lance back out there. He's a great player,'' Bradford said. ''Everyone saw what he was able to do last year both in the passing game and his blocking ability in the run game. So, to have him back and now be able to put him and Jared on the field at the same time, that's going to be a really tough group for defenses to try to defend.'' It's likely Cook will be used like he was with Tennessee and line up in the slot receiver position as well as on the line. With his size and speed, he is able to create mismatches. Kendricks also can move around as well as play on the line as a blocker. Cook has 131 catches in four years. He averages 13.1 yards a game and has eight touchdown receptions. His biggest year with the Titans came in 2009 when he had 49 receptions. ''It's a new city, a new town for me,'' Cook said. ''It's my opportunity to showcase my skills and it's something that I've been fighting for the last four years. It's going to be a fun time. You've got to work your way up the system and I've got my opportunity here.'' Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, who is in his second year with the Rams, is excited about the possibilities this offense has. ''We're thrilled that we have the guys we have. The young guys, the new guys have all picked it up really, really well,'' Schottenheimer said. ''But again, this is just one step. It'll be nice to actually have a game plan in place and be able to show things that you want to do, things that we've been doing against our defense all summer.'' -- Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

St. Louis Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals preview

Cortland Finnegan will look to pester Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (Photo by USA Today Sports/ Mark J. Rebilas) For the past decade the St. Louis Rams have been one of the laughing stocks in the NFL. Every year I walk into the office and yell out “St. Louis Rams to the Super Bowl” and get ridiculed. Deep down I know the odds of that happening are minimal, but as the years have...

Rams RB Daryl Richardson is ready for his debut as a starter

ST. LOUIS -- Daryl Richardson will tell you this was his vision all along. "Of course," he says. "I know hard work pays off. You keep working hard, and you just keep praying. And believe." The undersized, small-school running back was the longest of long shots when the St. Louis Rams selected him with their 252nd pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. That left him one...

Fisher has high expectations for his young Rams team

ST. LOUIS -- If the Rams stumble in September, they won't have to look far for an excuse. They can point to their youth, of which they have plenty. The Rams, in fact, are the NFL's youngest team for the second season in a row. They're almost young enough for coach Jeff Fisher to need to collect parents' permission slips. The average age on the 53-man roster is a...

Predicting the ins and outs of the Rams 2013 season

After watching a summers worth of reps in OTAs, training camp and preseason games, Ben Frederickson and Stan McNeal of FoxSportsMidwest.com are ready to tell you how the season will go. Or try, at least. Onto their season predictions: Overall record McNeal: 9-7. This is what I came up with when I broke down the Rams schedule in June. They didnt do anything in the preseason to change...

St. Louis Rams: 3 keys to Rams beating Arizona Cardinals in season opener

The St. Louis Rams will begin the 2013 campaign at home against a team that many believe is the worst in the NFC West division, the Arizona Cardinals. Although prognosticators believe that Arizona stacks up at the bottom of the NFC West, it is my personal belief that the Cardinals are the best team of all of the worst teams in any division. I hope that makes sense. My point is that...

Arizona Cardinals vs. St. Louis Rams: Betting Odds, spread, over/under and tv info

getty The Arizona Cardinals will play against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, MO. Coverage of this game will air on FOX beginning  at 4:25 pm ET. Entering the game the St. Louis Rams are a 4.5 point favorite against the Arizona Cardinals. The over/under or total points for this match-up is 41. Bruce Arians is hoping to install winning in the Cardinals...

2013 Rams Season Preview: Young Team Must Prove It Before They Can Ram It

Suddenly, there are stakes. It has been a long time since there have been legitimate, justifiable expectations for winning Rams football, and you can tell St Louis doesn’t really know how to act. The local history of relevant professional football boils down to two blips: the too-brief Air Coryell days of the late 70s, and the Greatest Show on Turf (four years bracketed by the...

Bradford, Cook rally Rams past Cardinals 27-24

Greg Zuerlein kicked a 48-yard field goal with 40 seconds remaining to give the Rams a 27-24 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in their NFL season opener at the Edward Jones Dome. The game-winner was Zuerlein's fourth field goal and it gave the Rams their first victory in a season opener since 2006. Tight end Jared Cook had two touchdown catches in his Rams debut. The tight...

TE Cook puts early bumble behind him, thrives in first regular season game as Ram

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- After his first touchdown as a St. Louis Ram was punched away by a diving Honey Badger, Jared Cook got an earful from his quarterback. "Hey, bro, be ready," Sam Bradford recalled telling the tight end. "Because it's coming right back to you." It did, again and again, and the early blemish on Cook's regular season debut for the Rams was...

Jared Cook and the Rams outrun their own mistakes for a Week 1 win

The most memorable play of the game wasn't the one that won the game, but it was an emblem of so many things. The St Louis Rams' dangerous new weapon, Jared Cook, came open in the seam with acres of green in front of him. And as he will do as often as he can, Bradford found him with the football. It was going to be that rarest of things for the Rams: an easy score created...

Down the Seam: Top 5 Fantasy TE’s for Week 1

Here we go baby! Another season of football is upon us, therefore another season of Fantasy Football! I’m just as excited about this years Shiva than I have been in years past. If you understand that reference, you’re just as big of a Fantasy Football geek as I am, and that’s good! If not, just know I love Fantasy Football. Last season I covered the Tight Ends for Sports-Kings...
NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.