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Rams poach TE Kendall Blanton from Chiefs’ practice squad

The day after the Kansas City Chiefs poached Benton Whitley’s defense from the Los Angeles Rams’ practice squad, the Rams returned the favor. According to his agent Kenny ZuckermanLos Angeles has added Kansas City’s practice squad, the tight end of Kendall Blanton, to its active roster.

This is interesting for several reasons. Blanton, 26, is from the Kansas City suburb of Blue Springs, Missouri. He grew up there because his father is Jerry Blanton, who was a linebacker for the Chiefs from 1979 to 1985.

The Chiefs also put in some effort to get the former University of Missouri tight. The team tried to claim him when the Rams (the team that originally signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2019) relinquished him on August 22, but the Washington Commanders were awarded his contract. The Chiefs got another chance when the Commanders saw him off on the final cutdown day. This time, he cleared waivers to become a free agent—and joined the Chiefs’ practice team on Sept.

Blanton now returns to the team that earned him a Super Bowl ring in 2021. Under NFL practice squad rules, he will be on the Rams’ 53-man roster for a minimum of three weeks.

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