Rain and flood watch add to Rams' tight end concerns for Week 14

Cleveland Browns v Los Angeles Rams, Tyler Higbee
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The LA Rams may have some loose ends to tie up around their tight end position in Week 14. You see, veteran tight end Tyler Higbee has been the primary player for the Rams at the position this season, but that status is very much up in the air for a very important Week 14.

The Rams must travel to Baltimore, Maryland, where the team will take on the Baltimore Ravens at an early 10:00 am PT game in Week 14. Not only must the Rams brave a hostile field and perhaps one of the fiercest teams in the NFL this season, but the Rams arrive just in time to compete in the wind and rain.

Unfortunately, the torrential downpours that had originally been forecast for the entire day now are anticipated to arrive in the afternoon as the two teams take the field. The area has already been placed under an Area Flood Watch, beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET locally for this Sunday, December 10, 2023.

Tying up tight ends for Week 14

The last time that the LA Rams were without Tyler Higbee was a Week 12 contest against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Missouri, and the Rams were also without many of their starters for that game. The Rams went with back quarterback Bryce Perkins for that game. And for the tight end? The Rams started backup tight end Brycen Hopkins.

In that game, the Rams did not get a lot of production out of the tight end position. Hopkins played in 22 offensive snaps, just 41 percent of the plays. The Rams has already parted ways with blocking tight end, Kendall Blanton, who was ironically on the Kansas City Chiefs roster for that game. At the time, the Rams used WR Ben Skowronek as a pseudo tight end, and he played on 34 of the offensive snaps for that game, catching two of four passes thrown his way.

While some believe that Brycen Hopkins, winding down his fourth and final season of his rookie contract, could be in for a spike against the Ravens, I'm not convinced that he has gained any favor for promotion in the LA Rams offense. So how do the Rams address the potential absence of veteran TE Tyler Higbee? Well, here are some options: