LA Rams: New offense will feature more multiple tight end formations

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Has LA Rams head coach Sean McVay tipped his hand on the new LA Rams offense?

You can expect a difference in the new LA Rams offense than in years past. The release of Todd Gurley has signaled a departure of the run-first offensive philosophy. Sean McVay has hinted at the new direction.

The concept of a two-tight-end formation was used at the end of 2019. But that formation was primarily used with Tyler Higbee and Johnny Mundt.  Higbee was the receiving tight end, and Mundt was the designated blocking tight end.  That could be changing, despite this being Gerald Everett‘s final year on his current contract.

Josh Alper of reports the following quote by McVay:

"“Really, really excited about what Gerald Everett’s going to do,” McVay said, via “I think Tyler Higbee did a phenomenal job, but I think Gerald Everett’s a guy that I’ve got to do a better job of utilizing his skill set because he’s a difference-maker. But he’s got to get the opportunities and I think that starts with some of the things I know I can do a better job of.”"

Has McVay suggested that the running game will be opened up via the passing game? He singled out tight end Gerald Everett as having his role expanded in the offense. Does the Rams draft needs change with Kevin O’Donnell and the new offense?

We had pointed out that two tight end sets actually would benefit the LA Rams running game in 2020.  And there are more variations as well. So this may signal the Rams offense modernizing in a different way.

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How Gerald Everett could play a bigger role in the LA Rams offense in 2020

The Rams might try to emulate the New England Patriots two tight end offense of 2011. New England’s top three receivers were Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski, and Aaron Hernandez. They lost to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl.

McVay can easily plug WR Cooper Kupp, Tyler Higbee and Everett into those offensive roles. Also, Jared Goff is more than able to run this type of offense. It will not really matter who runs the ball since opposing defensive coordinators will be trying to stop the passing game.

In 2019, Everett caught 37 passes for 408 yards with two touchdowns. He stands 6-feet-3 weighing 240 pounds. Everett would be a tough matchup when implemented into the offensive set with Higbee and Cupp.

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If the Rams move more toward this type of passing attack, LA will draft a dual-threat running back.  Antonio Gibson would be the ideal choice for this new offensive direction. Let’s see how things progress until the draft day is here.