LA Rams roster depth at tight end already being put to the test

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If you had any wonders about how important the tight end position is to the LA Rams? Let’s break it down for you. The LA Rams have TE Brycen Hopkins and Kendall Blanton on the roster, both of whom are vying for an increased role this year. The teams signed TE Kyle Markway to a Reserve Futures contract. The team is welcoming back TE/WR Jacob Harris from last year’s injured reserve list.

And while the team did not select a tight end in the 2022 NFL Draft, the team signed rookie free agent TE Roger Carter (released May 17, 2022, but re-signed on May 18, 2022) and rookie free agent TE Jamal Pettigrew immediately after the draft ended.

Well, we’re missing someone. Oh yes, starting tight end Tyler Higbee. How is he doing?

Well, that was… unexpected?!

I haven’t been lost to my own echo chamber here. But I will admit that this one slipped past me. I know that Tyler Higbee was injured early in the NFC Championship game and that the injury kept him out of the lineup for Super Bowl LVI some two weeks later. Whether it was the build-up of the LA Rams playing in Super Bowl LVI which would be held at SoFi Stadium or the fact that the Rams won that game, I didn’t do nearly enough follow-up on the status of Higbee’s knee.

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Well, I will try to make amends right now. In the process, let’s take a look at the players on the Rams roster who may benefit from Higbee’s absence this early in training camp. But first, let’s discuss Higbee’s knee, and the rehabbing going on right now.