This tight end is on a tighter schedule
When the LA Rams drafted tight end, Brycen Hopkins, the hope was that he could take over for the outbound veteran tight end Gerald Everett. For LA Rams fans, they continue to await that moment. Hopkins enters the final season of his rookie contract in the 2023 NFL season, and barring a miracle of some sudden and significant spike in production, he faces his last NFL season in horns.
In all honesty, the door of opportunity for Brycen Hopkins is already closing fast, if it is not already closed. Like many others on this list, he is in the fourth and final year of his contract, and he has done next to nothing to show the LA Rams that he is ready for a greater role in the offense. In three seasons so far, he has caught eight of the 12 passes thrown his way for 118 yards, and no touchdowns.
Hopkins has to turn this thing around
When he arrived from Purdue, the 6-foot-4 245-pound tight-end was touted as a pass-catcher, and that his blocking skills would need to be coached up. So far, he has been a pretty significant disappointment. And unless something happens dramatically, like a 1000 receiving yard type of season, he will be selling his wares in the NFL Free Agency market a year from now.
His window to make a move was clearly in 2022. This year, he will not have an easy time of it. The Rams traded for Dolphins tight end Hunter Long, who has solid blocking and catching skills. Then the team doubled down by drafting a promising young tight end out of Clemson named Davis Allen. FInally, the team signed rookie TE Christian Sims out of Bowling Green. Don't let his being undrafted fool you, Sims is one of those versatile offensive weapons who triggers the inevitable projection of fullback in this offense.