Los Angeles Rams tight end Tyler Higbee looks to be a player on the verge of big things in his second season.
Los Angeles Rams tight end Tyler Higbee has become a player many NFL watchers are looking at to have a breakout season in 2017.
He should be.
The 2016 fourth-round selection from Western Kentucky was one player who along with fellow 2016 NFL Draft picks Jared Goff and Pharoh Cooper, may be a core group that help lead the Rams out of the offensive cellar of the league.
Higbee was one of several players listed in a piece by Brad Gagnon of Bleacher Report as having a huge opportunity to emerge as a top tight end in 2017. In Los Angeles, where he sits atop the depth chart at his position, his prospects for such a season are helped by the addition of Sean McVay overseeing the offense.
In Washington, where McVay was an offensive coordinator, the tight end position was a feature in the Redskins offense, and Higbee is in prime position to capitalize in such a system.
Last season, the Rams were the definition of abysmal on offense, ranking at the bottom of the NFL statistically.
This season is shaping up to be different. Think of it as something of a professional football renaissance in the Coliseum.
With Goff, Cooper, and Higbee all entering their second season, Los Angeles looks to be trending up not just on the offensive side of of the football, but with the team as a whole.
As for Tyler, his production looks to increase from a season that saw him participate in 402 snaps while catching only 11 passes.
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That will change this season.
Expectations for the tight end are high in 2017. General Manager Les Snead told Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News, that the Rams expect “big things” from Higbee in a McVay offense that will feature a multiple tight end offense.
Ultimately, it will boil down to the second year tight end from Western Kentucky to live up to those expectations. If he does, it will bode well for a Rams offense looking to improve not just statistically, but with more wins as well.