Around the NFC West: Kendricks' focus

June, 29, 2012
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Tight end Lance Kendricks put together one of the more impressive 2011 training camps from an NFC West rookie.

The St. Louis Rams hoped the second-round draft choice from Wisconsin would become a perfect fit for then-coordinator Josh McDaniels' offense. Kendricks led all rookie tight ends in receptions (27) and receiving yards (352), but he dropped five passes in 54 targets and wasn't as consistent as anticipated.

Nick Wagoner of stlouisrams.com says Kendricks has done some self-scouting to figure out what went wrong. Kendricks: "The main thing I saw was a lot of times when I was tired was when I made my most mistakes. Just being able to stay focused and fight through that and compete and go out there and just perform when I am tired was my main thing I wanted to do better. When you get tired, you can forget things and I would have a mental error here or there so I think most of it just came from fatigue." Noted: There should be no such troubles this season now that players have had fuller access to NFL conditioning programs.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com offers thoughts on the team's arrangement to practice with the Chiefs in Missouri this summer. Urban: "The move just made sense. The Cards would have had to fly home in the dead of night after the Hall of Fame game and trek up to Flagstaff the next afternoon for what would have amounted to two days of work before driving back down to fly out for the Chiefs game. Going right to Kansas City made sense, much like the Cards’ trip to Nashville back in 2010."

Also from Urban: a look at camp dates for the Cardinals.

Dan Hanzus and Marc Sessler of NFL.com debate whether Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers have arrived. Hanzus: "It's a sweet tale, but one easier said than done. We have no doubt the Niners will be competitive, especially in a weak NFC West. But everything had to go right last season for the Niners to go 13-3 and win a playoff game." Noted: Now, now. There shall be no outdated criticism of the NFC West. Weak West? More like weak Rams. The rest of the division posted combined winning records against the NFC East, NFC North and NFC South. So there.

Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com outlines Sam Ramsden's new responsibilities within the organization. Farnsworth: "The team’s longtime head trainer has moved upstairs at Virginia Mason Athletic Center -- into an office that is in short-shouting distance from the one occupied by general manager John Schneider; and into a bigger-picture role – with the title of director of player health and performance."

Brock Huard and Mike Salk of 710ESPN.com discuss whether Brandon Browner was indeed overrated, as KC Joyner suggested.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com sizes up the 49ers' tight ends, including Delanie Walker. Maiocco: "Walker, who enters the final year of his contract, had a forgettable offseason. In May, he went to the ground with a left knee injury. Although he declared himself fine, Walker never returned to full strength during the offseason program. On the final day of minicamp, Walker was on crutches as he was driven from the team's practice facility. Coach Jim Harbaugh said Walker is expected to be full strength for the opening of training camp. The first practice for veterans is scheduled for Thursday, July 27."

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