Los Angeles Rams tight end Gerald Everett will not suit up on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. It’s a significant development in that Everett was the most effective weapon against the Seahawks last time around. Sure, Todd Gurley may have scored two touchdowns, but he gained a total 57 yards and was very unthreatening. Cooper Kupp did some cool things, too, except 9-17 is not a good reception to target ratio for an NFL slot guy.
Everett gained 136 yards on seven receptions and was very frustrating in the middle of the field back in October. It was especially demoralizing to watch him go big on two of the final seven plays as Los Angeles set up their ill-fated field goal for the win that never was. Everett gained 28 yards on one play, and the final nine yards on third down to set up Greg Zuerlein’s 44 yard attempt.
In fact, Everett’s most effective game by far this season came against the Seahawks. His 136 yards is double his next best game in 2019, and he’s only received double digit targets two other times.
L.A. will have to gameplan something else, as Everett has already been ruled out and the Rams will be back to Tyler Higbee at tight end.
Seattle is currently not great at defending tight ends. Let’s just call it what it is...they’re pretty bad. The Seahawks currently give up the third most yards, and fourth most touchdowns to tight ends.
The Rams other option at TE is Tyler Higbee, who’s been relatively quiet in his early career. He did get to take part in that offensive explosion against the Arizona Cardinals last week, going over 100 yards and a TD for the first time all season.
Los Angeles has weapons aplenty on offense, especially if coach Sean McVay continues to increase Todd Gurley’s usage.
What's gone into Todd Gurley's increased usage recently?— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) December 4, 2019
"Me not being an idiot," Sean McVay said.
Seattle will then still have to deal with the likes of Brandin Cooks, Cooper Kupp, and Robert Woods. But seeing as Jared Goff currently likes to throw the ball not very far, the absence of a potentially explosive tight end in the middle of the field is at least a little comforting.