In his second game, Gerald Everett led all Los Angeles Rams players with 95 receiving yards against the Washington Redskins.
Prior to the 2017 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Rams made it clear they were going to focus on building a better offense around Jared Goff by getting the former No. 1 pick more reliable receivers to work with during his sophomore campaign. With the 44th pick in the second round after trading down with the Buffalo Bills, many expected the Rams to use the selection on a receiver depending on who was still available, but instead, the team decided to go with former South Alabama star tight end Gerald Everett.
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Sure, an effective pass-catching tight end is almost as good as selecting a receiver, but when considering the top two wideouts at the moment for Los Angeles were Tavon Austin and Robert Woods, this made the selection of Everett a surprise. However, after Sunday’s performance against the Washington Redskins, the addition of Everett seems like it could be one that pays off big time for the Rams, especially with Sean McVay‘s history of successfully working with tight ends.
Against the Redskins, Everett led all Rams receivers by finishing the game with 95 receiving yards on three catches, although 69 of those yards came on a catch in which the tight end happened to be wide open down the field. And even though it’s tough to overreact over just one performance, how great would it be if Everett became the type of tight end who was capable of having a 1,000-yard receiving season as a rookie?
The chances of this happening may seem slim, but keep in mind there’s a reason why Los Angeles was so high on Everett after catching 90 passes over his final two seasons at South Alabama that included 12 trips into the end zone. Whether this happens will fall on the shoulders of Goff, and how the quarterback looks in this offense throughout the regular season, but if Everett continues to find ways to be involved, 1,000 receiving yards could actually be realistic.