THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Blue Springs South High School graduate Kendall Blanton will join his father as an active NFL player.
Blanton, whose father Jerry Blanton played linebacker in the NFL for seven seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, was signed by the Los Angeles Rams from their practice squad Tuesday to fill the roster spot created when kick returner JoJo Natson was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.
Blanton is an undrafted rookie free agent out of Missouri. He is the fourth tight end on the Rams' roster, but Gerald Everett has a knee injury that sidelined him in Arizona.
Natson is averaging 22.2 yards per kickoff return and 7.8 yards per punt return this season. He injured his hamstring last weekend at Arizona.
Rookie running back Darrell Henderson is likely to be the Rams' top kickoff returner after doing the job for three years in college at Memphis. Receiver Nsimba Webster could be Los Angeles' new punt returner.