Historically, the tight end position has never been a major weapon in the Los Angeles Rams offense. But they do come through on big plays. Traditionally, Rams TEs have also come through for blocking. Rams legend Billy Truax had the most reception yards by a tight end in franchise history. In recent years, TEs Lance Kendricks earned the most touchdowns and Jared Cook put up solid numbers.
With those standouts, there are also underrated players who have shined at that position over the years. They have been lost in the record books, blending into obscurity. The list below features who I believe are five of the most underrated Rams tight ends of all time.
Bob Klein (1969-1976)
Bob Klein proved to be a strong backup for Rams starting TE Truax. In some games his contributions were vital. Klein racked up 128 receptions for 1,606 yards and 15 touchdowns in eight seasons with the Rams.
Klein joined the Rams out of the University of Southern California during the 1969 NFL draft. He was part of the Trojan National Championship team in 1967.
Klein played under Truax for his first two seasons. As a rookie he caught a 3-yard TD pass from QB Roman Gabriel in a playoff divisional loss to the Minnesota Vikings. He also caught a 10-yard TD pass from QB James Harris in a playoff divisional win in 1974.
Klein was named the starter after the Rams traded Truax to the Dallas Cowboys after the 1970 season. He was eventually traded to the San Diego Chargers in 1977 where he caught for Chargers QB Dan Fouts. The Chargers replaced Klein with Hall of Fame TE Kellen Winslow after the 1979 season.