Sean McVay admits he has huge plans for Tyler Higbee
Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay needs to figure out a way to get the offense back on track in the 2020 NFL season. It seems he will be relying heavily on tight end Tyler Higbee to help him do it.
Higbee enjoyed quite the breakout year inn the 2019 NFL season. McVay admits that Higbee will likely take on a central role within the offense, via Cameron DaSilva of the Rams Wire:
“He made a huge impact for us. He’s always been a very important part of it and I thought it was great for Tyler to be able to get the opportunities and to be able to maximize that,” McVay said. “And you could see as his production continued to show up week in and week out – I think it’s not by coincidence that a lot of Jared’s really good play coincided with when Tyler ended up playing really well, starting with the first Arizona game and leading into those last five games. We’ve got big plans for him. That’s something that I thought it was great for him to be able to maximize those opportunities and we think he’s got a very bright future.”
McVay certainly has good reason to be confident considering how hot Higbee was down the stretch of the 2019 campaign. Although he had largely served as the primary tight end in running situations throughout his career, the injury to tight end Gerald Everett allowed him to get some extra work in as a pass-catcher and he wound up finishing the year with 69 receptions for 734 yards and three touchdowns.
As a result, there has been plenty of speculation regarding the Rams’ plans for Everett now that Higbee has seemingly emerged as a complete tight end. The latter’s rapport with quarterback Jared Goff only further solidifies the notion that they are ready to take that next step as a pass-catching duo.
McVay has a tall task ahead of him trying to get this offense back to where it was when he first arrived. Fortunately, Higbee’s development should help lay huge dividends for their potential resurgence.