Based off his first two NFL seasons, Gerald Everett could be in for another career year with the Los Angeles Rams during the 2019 season.
Over the years, most offenses in the NFL have made it a priority to make sure they have a reliable tight end that can catch the football as well, with players like Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz looking more like actual wide receivers at times.
As for Everett, the South Alabama product only has 49 catches to his name since joining the Rams in 2017, but it’s the progress that he continues to make that should have the team excited over what 2019 could have in store.
During his rookie campaign, Everett only recorded 16 catches for Los Angeles, totaling 244 yards to go along with three trips into the end zone.
This may not seem like much for a player selected in the second round of the draft, but also as mentioned before, the Rams didn’t use the tight end as much in the passing game since the offense is loaded with talent at receiver.
With that being said, it was great to see Everett use that experience as a rookie to his advantage last season to follow up with a strong sophomore campaign in which the tight end set new career highs of 33 catches for 320 yards with three touchdowns.
On paper, this may not seem like the biggest deal in the world, but also if it’s another sign of Everett getting better with experience, this will only continue to benefit the Rams moving forward.
After coming up short the way they did in Super Bowl 53 by failing to score a single touchdown against the New England Patriots, Los Angeles faces the additional pressure heading into 2019 of proving the offense can continue to play at a high level.
Plus, with Todd Gurley‘s knee injury continuing to be a mystery along with Cooper Kupp‘s recovery process from a torn ACL, the Rams’ offense are going to need all of the extra help on offense from the rest of their players, including Everett.
Some fans questioned the decisions by the Rams back in 2017 to use such a high draft pick on a tight end like Everett since there were other areas to address as well, but this seems to have been worth the selection after two seasons.
Continuing to set new career highs each season is always easier said than done for any professional athlete, but if Los Angeles continues to find ways to make Everett more involved on offense, this shouldn’t be an issue in 2019 at all for the tight end.