Rams Acquire Tight End Derek Carrier From Redskins

Dec 4, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Washington Redskins tight end Derek Carrier (89) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Redskins 31-23. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Rams have traded a 2017 seventh round pick for Redskins tight end Derek Carrier. Carrier spent two seasons with the Redskins, being coached by Sean McVay. McVay is now the head coach of the Rams, reconnecting with Carrier. He is more of a blocking tight end than a receiving threat, making him a good compliment to now teammates Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett. This move comes after the Temarrick Hemingway injury, he plays a very similar style of play and will likely fill that role.


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Carrier is familiar with McVay’s system and will able to be caught up to speed very quickly. He is also more experienced than Higbee and Everett, who are very new to the league. He has the potential to be a mentor for his young teammates in the blocking aspect of the position. However, this move comes very close to the start of the regular season. Hopefully Carrier will be ready to go come next Sunday.

Roster Implications of Carrier Addition

Rams veteran Corey Harkey looked like he may steal a roster spot after Hemingway’s injury, that is no longer the case. Carrier will likely now take that spot. This means that the veteran will likely meet the end of his time with the Rams.

Carrier will likely prove to fill a void in the Rams roster. However, he just needs to get caught up to speed in time for the season to start.

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