The Los Angeles Rams came in with a plethora of tight ends in 2020. Tyler Higbee, Gerald Everett and Johnny Mundt all returned, but the Rams added rookie Brycen Hopkins. The fourth rounder didn’t have much of a role in 2020, being buried on the roster. Though, he will likely replace Everett since his contract expires this season.
While expectations were high, the tight ends weren’t as present as head coach Sean McVay hoped in 2020.
Tyler Higbee: Grade C+
To be fair, Higbee missed two games and played through some nagging injuries. That said, Higbee played at such a high level at the end of the 2019 season that many expected Higbee to have a breakout season in 2020. That didn’t happen.
Not all of it is his fault but his production numbers are down considerably. He had 44 receptions for 521 receiving yards and five touchdowns. They weren’t terrible numbers, but not the numbers that were expected of a tight end that recently received a hefty contract extension.
Much of the down production is attributed to the struggling passing game as a whole. Blocking was something Higbee had to be taxed with more this year, which is why Higbee is a little more coveted.
Gerald Everett: Grade D+
In truth, the only reason Everett doesn’t receive an F is because his numbers were decent for a backup tight end. He earned 41 receptions for 417 yards and one touchdown. So why the low grade? Everett has the potential to be so much more than what we saw in 2020.
The dropped passes continued this season. Seeing these happening in crucial moments were not only heartbreaking, but frustrating from a guy that has been in the league for awhile now.
One game that comes to mind is his lackluster performance against the Miami Dolphins. While QB Jared Goff is the major blame in this game, Everett did not help matters at all with a few dropped passes.
One thing I will say though is that Everett still has plenty of potential. I believe he can be a good starter if in the right system and he works on his catching a bit.
Johnny Mundt: Grade B
A disclaimer here, the grade here doesn’t mean Mundt was the best tight end. The grade is a merely an indicator of performance and expectations.
Mundt is mainly on the roster for a blocking role. He’s a done a solid job being that extra blocker. While he isn’t in-game a lot, he’s done a great job in his role with the team. I would have loved seeing him in the receiving game a little more, but it’s understandable considering the struggles in the passing game.