Tight end (2)
The LA Rams certainly want to stock at least one blocking tight end on their roster, and the fullback/tight end nature of Roger Carter out of Georgia State is such that the Rams are certainly in the right ballpark. But is fullback an option as well?
The Rams know how to intrigue, but I’ll ignore any bold flirtations to provoke me into another “Rams need a fullback” article today, at least. Roger Carter came to the Rams roster to play the role of tight end. So can he do it?
I think so, yes. He is the type of player who can catch passes thrown his way, and who loves to block anyone and everyone in the vicinity whenever a pass is not thrown his way. Helping him in that process is the fact that he is 6-foot-2 and weighs a powerful 250-pounds. Will height prove to be a limit in his quest to make this roster? I don’t think so, as WR Cooper Kupp is excellent at both catching passes and at blocking. Carter is rather intriguing.
Keeping with the blocking theme of adding to the tight-end role, Jamal Pettigrew out of McNeese State has a well-established reputation as a solid blocker. That aligns perfectly with what the LA Rams were so desperately seeking in 2021.
Pettigrew is absolutely a skyscraper version of tight end, standing a towering 6-foot-7 in height but weighing a svelte 245-pounds despite peaking with such a vertical dimension. While he spent much of his college career as a blocking tight end for the LSU Tigers, he finished out his senior year at McNeese State. He is not a volume catcher, recording just seven receptions for 92 yards and one touchdown. But he can catch the ball, and over time the Rams may unlock more of that potential.
He could stand to put on another 20 pounds of muscle. If he can bulk up and prove the ability to succeed at the line of scrimmage, he could prove to be a huge asset for the LA Rams offense.