There are many factors that make up Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay’s complex offense. One factor overlooked is the young, maturing talent at the tight end position. Here is a look at what could be the league’s best kept secret – the Rams’ tight ends:
Krieger-Coble first signed with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2016. He then signed onto the Indianapolis Colts’ practice squad a year later and then went to the Rams at the end of the 2017 season. Coming out of college, scouts regarded Krieger-Coble as an excellent in-line blocker. The Rams expect him to be more athletic than in the past in the team’s offense. Being from a Kirk Ferentz run offense, we know he can block.
Now we get to the “veterans” of the tightend corps. The Rams signed Johnny Mundt as an unrestricted free agent, although he found his way on to the active roster in November he has spent most of his time with Rams on the practice squad. Coming out of the prolific Oregon Ducks offense, Johnny comes well equipped to adapt into McVay`s Rams high octane scheme. With a second season in camp and a knowledge of offense, Mr. Mundt is in very good position to compete for 3rd. TE Spot.:
Drafted in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL draft, Hemingway’s size and knack for holding on to balls in tough situations made him a match up problem for defenses. As a first year pro, Hemingway served as an in-line blocker for Fisher`s ground system. In his second year, a broken leg hindered his development under McVay. Now in his third year and healthy, this Hemingway should be able to show how much his abilities fit in Rams’ offense.
Tyler Higbee’s career shifted upwards when McVay took over as the Rams head coach in 2017. Higbee would have struggled fitting in to Jeff Fisher’s run-first offense, because his talents were geared more towards stretching the field. In McVay’s controlled chaos, Higbee will use his size and speed to exploit the mismatches that his 6’6 frame creates.
Last but not certainly least, we get to McVay’s first pick as the head coach of the Los Angeles Rams. Gerald Everett came out of South Alabama regarded as a first round talent, but the small school stigma had NFL coaches hesitant. Everett`s rookie campaign started nicely as he showed elusiveness in the preseason game against the Oakland Raiders, juking defenders after an outlet pass from Jared Goff. McVay now has a tight end that draws a lot of comparison to a Hall of Fame tight end named Kellen Winslow.
- Statistical information- NFL.com
- Film information- NFL.com, YouTube.