ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms that Rams WR Cooper Kupp tore his left ACL in Sunday's win over the Seahawks. That ends his season and gives him about 10 months to get ready for the start of the 2019 campaign. Kupp's absence moves Josh Reynolds back into the #3 WR role and puts him on the WR4 radar in fantasy football. He posted 1-19 and 3-42-2 lines while seeing 6 total targets in the 2 games Kupp missed earlier this season. We could also see expanded roles for TEs Gerald Everett and Tyler Higbee -- although neither guy is a reliable fantasy option yet.
Rams TE Gerald Everett is sidelined with a shoulder sprain, HC Sean McVay said. "You guys see him out here where he had a little splint. We’re going to be smart with him," McVay said. "So, he’ll probably be doing rehab and different things like that for at least the next week or so ... Fortunately, it’s not something right now that we felt like had to get fixed, but until you really go through that process you never know how it’s truly going to respond.” This doesn't sound like a serious issue, although McVay does make it seem like the team doesn't know exactly how long Everett will be out. We'll keep an eye on this one. The presence of Everett and TE Tyler Higbee make both guys tough to trust in fantasy lineups. But if either guy misses time this season, the other could become a spot-start option.
Second-year Rams TE Gerald Everett has reportedly showed well in early practices. "Gerald Everett's been one of the guys that's stood out really throughout the offseason program so far in terms of getting better," HC Sean McVay said, per Cameron DaSilva of Rams Wire. "You see the overall athleticism; he's getting better with the attention to detail." Everett also told the team website that he's more confident and comfy with the playbook. A 2nd-round pick last year, Everett has a chance to pass TE Tyler Higbee on the depth chart this summer and carve out a decent role. The wealth of options in an offense that ranked just 24th in pass attempts last year lowers Everett's fantasy ceiling, but he's worth a look as a 3rd TE in best-ball drafting.
Rams insider Joe Curley expects TE Tyler Higbee to be 2nd in line for targets this season, behind only the newly acquired Sammy Watkins. Higbee caught just 11 balls as a rookie last year but was an intriguing prospect coming out of Western Kentucky. The converted WR goes 6'6, 249 pounds and averaged 15.5 yards per catch in 4 college seasons. Higbee has been buzzing early in training camp and has some upside in new Rams HC Sean McVay's TE-friendly offense. Curley, by the way, has rookie WR Cooper Kupp 3rd on the target totem pole and WR Robert Woods 4th.
The Rams added South Alabama TE Gerald Everett with the 44th overall pick of the draft. It’s a surprising selection after the coaching staff spent the early offseason talking up 2nd-year TE Tyler Higbee, although the Rams could certainly use offensive weapons however they can get them. Everett earned an 88th percentile SPARQ score at the Combine, registering a 4.62-second 40 time and 37.5-inch vertical at 6’3, 239 pounds. We don’t have much college film to go on, but Everett did rack up 90 catches, 1,292 yards and 12 TDs at South Alabama over the past 2 seasons. Scouts laud his quickness, catch radius and after-catch ability. Making a huge jump in competition at a tough position, though, Everett won’t be worth a redraft pick. He’s a late-round flier in dynasty rookie drafts.
There's been a consistent buzz on Rams TE Tyler Higbee over the past couple of weeks. "Expect big things from Tyler," GM Les Snead said from the Combine. HC Sean McVay is excited to work with the 2nd-year TE. "Nice catch radius," McVay said. "He can stretch the seam; he's got a good feel and savvy in the pass game." McVay arrives from Washington, where Redskins TEs ranked 5th in targets (289), 5th in receiving yards (2,397) and tied for 3rd in TDs (20) over the past 2 seasons. Higbee is no Jordan Reed, but he is a 6'6, 249-pounder with plus athleticism. And there's lots of target upside with TE Lance Kendricks gone and a WR corps led by Robert Woods and Tavon Austin.
The Rams released TE Lance Kendricks late Thursday night. Kendricks had spent all 6 of his NFL seasons with the team, totaling 204 catches and 17 TDs while averaging a pedestrian 10.5 yards per catch career. His departure clears the way for 2016 rookie Tyler Higbee to take over the lead TE spot for the Rams. Higbee averaged 15.5 yards per reception over his college career and caught 12 TDs over his final 2 seasons.
Rams TE Tyler Higbee is QB Jared Goff's "on-field BFF," according to NFL.com's Steve Wyche. (That's "best friend forever" for those of you without young daughters.) The rookies are also training-camp roommates and hooked up 3 times for 35 yards in the preseason opener. Higbee has been getting 1st-team reps in training camp and is talented enough to push TE Lance Kendricks for the lead pass-catching role. He's not quite a redraft option yet, but try to get your hands on Higbee in keeper and dynasty leagues.
Rams TE Tyler Higbee is already getting 1st-team reps in training camp, according to the Los Angeles Daily News' Vinny Bonsignore. "The skill-set is there to be a match-up nightmare for smaller linebackers and safeties," Bonsignore adds. Higbee dropped to the 4th round of this spring's draft because of an assault arrest but was considered a 2nd-round talent by some. His competition for the starting TE spot is the mediocre Lance Kendricks. Higbee isn't worth a roster spot in redraft leagues just yet, but we're keeping a close eye on him.
Rams 4th-round pick TE Tyler Higbee will be arraigned Thursday in Kentucky, according to USA Today. Higbee faces 2nd-degree assault, 2nd-degree evading police and public intoxication charges stemming from an April 10 incident, all of which his lawyer says he'll plead not guilty to. Merely being charged could make Higbee eligible for NFL discipline. We'll see how this situation plays out. The Rams drafted him despite the pending charges, so the case shouldn't affect his long-term outlook -- barring prison time.
The Rams nabbed TE Tyler Higbee in the 4th round of the 2016 NFL Draft. The Western Kentucky product is 1 of the highest-ceiling pass-catching TEs in the class. He goes 6’6, 249 pounds with WR-like athleticism, averaging 15.5 yards per catch over 4 college seasons. Higbee struggled with injuries and was charged with assault earlier this month, so there are questions that need to be answered. But he certainly has the potential to emerge as a big part of Los Angeles’ Jared Goff-led passing attack.
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