– The Rams continued to bulk up the roster via any means necessary late last week when they put in a claim on released Indianapolis tight end Brody Eldridge.
– Eldridge comes to the Rams from the Colts, where he was a fifth-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma.
– In his two seasons in Indy, Eldridge built a reputation as a strong in line blocker. At 6’5, 265 pounds, he certainly looks the part and had some success in that role for Indianapolis.
– On the flip side, Eldridge hasn’t been used much as a receiving target early in his career. He’s started 16 games over two seasons while appearing in 27.
– In that time, Eldridge has 14 catches for 84 yards.
– For the Rams, Eldridge will challenge for a roster spot amongst a large group of young tight ends looking to solidify spots. In traditional Jeff Fisher coached teams, he’s always wanted to have a “move” tight end who can block out in space and catch passes along with a solid in line blocker who can serve as a de facto third tackle.
– Here, it appears that Lance Kendricks will be the most likely candidate to fill the “move” role but the competition for the other spots will be heated. Mike Hoomanawanui is still returning from injury but has showed ability as an inline blocker and solid pass catcher. But free agent addition Matt Mulligan and Eldridge seem poised to compete with Hoomanawanui and a young group of undrafted free agents that includes UCLA’s Cory Harkey (another noted strong in line blocker).
– The Rams will be on the practice field for another OTA today. Updates to come in this space later.
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