In Week 9, Tyler Higbee finally caught his first touchdown of the season for the Los Angeles Rams against the New York Giants.
Back in 2016, the Los Angeles Rams decided to take a risk on former Western Kentucky standout tight end Tyler Higbee, despite his off-the-field issues leading up to the NFL Draft that unfortunately led to an arrest. Obviously, the last thing the Rams wanted to do was bring a troubled player to the team, but Higbee made it clear that what happened was a mistake, and there was no reason for the team to be concerned over his habits off the field.
Production wise, Higbee didn’t really make that much of an impact as a rookie after only catching 11 passes for 85 yards to go along with a trip into the end zone. And even though the young tight end has already topped his rookie numbers this year (15 catches for 187 yards in eight games), it wasn’t until Sunday that Higbee found the end zone for the first time against the New York Giants.
In fact, it was Higbee that recorded the first of six touchdowns for Los Angeles against New York after hauling in an eight-yard catch from Jared Goff in the first quarter before the Rams would eventually go on to win 51-17. Even if this ended up being the only reception by Higbee, this game will hopefully be the start of a strong second half for the tight end when it comes to continuing to make an impact in the passing game.
Not only has Goff done an amazing job at spreading the football around this year, but head coach Sean McVay has a history of successfully developing tight ends. In other words, McVay and the Rams hope to eventually see Higbee develop into that effective pass-catching tight end that can be relied on each week.