To look at the Washington Redskins in 2016 is to see what some might expect with the Rams offense in 2017. If you’re tight end Tyler Higbee, you like what you see, and what might be this season.
Snead says to "expect big things" in 2017 and moving forward from 2nd year TE Tyler Higbee. Envisions a breakout in McVay's system. #Rams
— RosterWatch (@RosterWatch) March 2, 2017
One glance at the production of Jordan Reed and the tight end position in Washington tells you that Higbee should see his profile rise in a Sean McVay offense in Los Angeles. Reed was the top receiver, accumulating the most yards and receptions for the Redskins. For quarterback Jared Goff, Tyler Higbee may become a primary option that helps the second year quarterback make a quantum leap in L.A.
Rams HC Sean McVay talking @ his offense will use TE in a variety of ways. Hasn't worked with him yet but was v complimentary @ Tyler Higbee pic.twitter.com/6PtKCUQwBs
— Matthew Berry (@MatthewBerryTMR) March 2, 2017
Last season, the Rams offense was a lot of things, especially with Todd Gurley featured porminently at the beginning. That attack stalled as Gurley settled into a “Sophomore Slump” he never recovered from. While it’s premature to say year three will be a trend for the running back, having an option not reliant on him may be a positive.
With McVay, the tight end will be a key component in getting the Rams downfield and more efficient in the red zone. Both net pluses for a team who labored on offense.
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For Higbee, the 110th pick in last year’s draft, McVay runs an offense where his size and pass catching skills will prove a big time asset for the Rams.
While at Western Kentucky, he averaged 15 yards per catch, dropping only one pass his senior season for the Hilltoppers. Higbee averaged 40% of the Rams offensive snaps in his first season in Los Angeles. The departure of Lance Kendricks opens up everything for Tyler in 2017.
It may open up everything for Jared Goff and the Rams also.
Higbee will get his chance to be the full time starter in 2017. Looking at the Redskins where Sean McVay utilized that position a lot, tight ends like Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis excelled.
In L.A., Tyler Higbee has a chance to shine bright in a McVay offense. Something Jared Goff and Rams fans can look forward to next season, and beyond.