PLAYER
Kennard Backman
TE
Height:
6-3
Weight:
245
College:
Alabama-Birmingham
Hometown:
Atlanta, GA
Experience:
2
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Biography

Concluded the 2016 season as a member of the Lions practice squad after spending the majority of the 2016 season on the New England Patriots practice squad. A sixth-round draft selection (213th overall) by Green Bay in the 2015 NFL Draft out of UAB, Backman appeared in seven games for the Packers in 2015.

MANE FACTS

  • Pronunciation: kuh-NARD

TRANSACTIONS

  • Re-signed by the Lions to the Reserve/Future List on January 9, 2017.
  • Signed by the Detroit Lions to the practice squad on December 31, 2016.
  • Released by the Patriots from the practice squad on December 2, 2016.
  • Signed by the Patriots to the practice squad on November 29, 2016.
  • Released by the Patriots from the practice squad on November 15, 2016.
  • Signed by the New England Patriots to the practice squad on November 12, 2016.
  • Released by the Packers on September 6, 2016.
  • Drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the sixth round (213th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.

PRO
Concluded the 2016 season as a member of the Lions practice squad after spending the majority of the 2016 season on the New England Patriots practice squad. A sixth-round draft selection (213th overall) by Green Bay in the 2015 NFL Draft out of UAB, Backman appeared in seven games for the Packers in 2015.

2016: Joined Detroit’s practice squad after spending time as a member of the New England Patriots practice squad.

2015: Played in seven games with Green Bay as a reserve tight end.

COLLEGE
Played in 48 games as a four-year starter at UAB and made 37 career starts.

2014: Earned second-team All-Conference USA as a senior. Led the team in receptions with 39 catches for 399 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

    2013: Started in eight games for the Blazers and ranked fourth on the team in receptions with 28 for 302 yards.

    2012: Made nine starts at tight end as a sophomore. Finished with 23 receptions, 235 receiving yards and a team-high four touchdowns.

    2011: Saw action in all 12 games  (eight starts) as a freshman. Named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

    PERSONAL
    Son of Krashenda Backman and Charles Okoli.

    • Majored in business.

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      Posted Oct 18, 2017

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      Posted Oct 17, 2017

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