TE Tyler Higbee - Los Angeles Rams
|6-6, 249||Born: 1-1-1993||College: Western Kentucky||Drafted: Round 4, pick 110 (2016)|
2019 Week 1 vs CAR (5 / 4 / 20 / 1 rec)
Higbee has a new contract, but his snaps were merely a shade above Gerald Everett as a concerning aspect against Carolina. Higbee did find the end zone on a goal line curl route in the fourth quarter, a critical play for the Rams' struggling passing offense in the game. Higbee, more of the blocker compared to Gerald Everett, was fourth on the team in targets and offers minimal big-play upside outside of getting lost by defensive coverage.
2019 Week 2 vs NO (3 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Higbee corralled a deep crossing route against the Saints as his highlight contribution but sustained a lung injury and was hospitalized as a precaution. If Higbee misses time, Gerald Everett stands to benefit in the wide receiver-centric Rams passing game.
2019 Week 5 vs SEA (3 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)
After Higbee saw seven targets last week as the Rams passed the ball nearly 70 times, the all-around tight end had a tempered game as fellow tight end Gerald Everett broke out with a career day. Higbee did not find the box score until the second half and did convert all three of his targets into receptions, including an inside screen for 20 yards. Higbee also had a reception called back by penalty.
2019 Week 6 vs SF (3 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
Higbee was the leading receiver for the Rams in Week 6 with a mere 25 yards, highlighting their offensive struggling against the formidable 49ers defense. Higbee converted all three of his targets with two of them being short receptions with no yard-after-catch opportunities. Gerald Everett had more targets, including a long pass, after his breakout Week 5 performance, as the more involved and higher-upside tight end compared to the more blocking-centric Higbee.
2019 Week 13 vs ARI (8 / 7 / 107 / 1 rec)
Higbee drew the start and the opportunity to monopolize tight end targets with Gerald Everett out against Arizona. Higbee took full advantage with a career day, surpassing 100 yards and his first touchdown since Week 1. Higbee had a great connection with Jared Goff as Higbee corralled a deep out strike with full extension for 20 yards and showing chemistry beyond structure on multiple occasions. Higbee added two other chunk gains in the first 20 minutes of the game alone and nearly all of his production game in the first half as the Rams cruised to the win in the second half.
2019 Week 14 vs SEA (11 / 7 / 116 / 0 rec)
Higbee was a featured element of the Rams passing game for a second week in a row with Gerald Everett out of the lineup again in Week 14 against Seattle. Higbee led the team with 11 targets and was a big play maven with three receptions of more than 20 yards. Higbee won down the sideline as Jared Goff beat the blitz and Higbee surged down to the goal line. Higbee also added a yards-after-catch infused rollout reception for more than 30 yards. The Cowboys are an optimistic tight end matchup next week if Higbee draws another start pending Gerald Everett's status.
2019 Week 15 vs DAL (14 / 12 / 111 / 0 rec)
Higbee collected garbage time production against the Cowboys in the blowout loss with half of his receptions coming late in the already-decided contest. Higbee had two chunk gains earlier in the game, one coming on a well-blocked screen and the other a wide open target fueling more than 20 yards after the catch. Higbee has thrived since Gerald Everett has been out of the lineup with injury and has a career-high stretch of 26-334-1 over the past three games on a strong 33 targets.
2019 Week 16 vs SF (11 / 9 / 104 / 0 rec)
Despite Gerald Everett returning to active status for the Rams tight end depth chart, Higbee was a feature element of the Rams offense for a fourth straight week and surpassed 100 yards. Much of Higbee's production came in the first half as the Rams zoomed out to hot start. Higbee was featured with multiple chunk gains in the screen game and added two highlight plays downfield between a high-point reception and another catch in traffic. Higbee nearly scored when tackled at the one-yard-line on a red zone slant and added a drop to his missed opportunities which could have added a score and surpassing 120 yards to his tally.
2019 Week 17 vs ARI (12 / 8 / 84 / 1 rec)
Higbee delivered another strong game to cap his career-best production stretch. Higbee was featured with two screen receptions and hauled in an easy goal line slant for a touchdown. Higbee could have surpassed 100 yards in the game if not for a deep crossing route drop. Higbee's surge muddies the Rams' tight end depth chart heading into the offseason with Gerald Everett being the featured tight end for much of the season before Higbee's late-season surge.
2018 Week 1 vs OAK (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Whereas Kupp is the de-facto Tight End of the Rams offense, Higbee is the de-facto third Offensive Tackle. He does get flexed as an outside WR. It allows the team to use Woods and Kupp inside, and gives significant coverage clues pre-snap for Goff based on which player follows Higbee outside. As far as being a pass threat, he might as well be a QB flexed out wide in the Wildcat. The team simply does not involve him as an option in the progression. They are more than happy for defenses to waste an outside CB's attention on him or to give the coverage away by having a linebacker follow him outside.
2018 Week 2 vs ARI (2 / 1 / 3 / 1 rec)
Higbee surprisingly got two valuable targets in this game. The first came just outside the redzone on the first drive of the second quarter, running a deep corner - the ball not in play for him to make the reception. It would have been a tough contested catch vs man. He scored on the exact same Flat concept that Goff tried to get to Brandin Cooks earlier in the game except the pass was not batted down this time and Higbee scored an easy touchdown. Although he got two valuable targets in this game, Higbee continues more to be featured as an offensive tackle with an 80s number who also splits out as a WR to give his quarterback coverage identifiers. He is not regularly involved in the route progression.
2018 Week 11 vs KC (7 / 6 / 63 / 0 rec)
Higbee actually got a decent amount of work receiving the ball vs Kansas City. Whether it was the result of this game's rising tide lifting Higbee's boat or a sign of more involvement with Kupp out for the year remains to be seen.
2018 Week 20 vs NO (4 / 4 / 25 / 1 rec)
He did catch a screen pass right after the Rams' fake punt conversion. His ability as a blocker cannot be understated, however. He made THE key block on Josh Reynolds' Double End-around (beautiful play design) in the 3rd quarter that brought the ball from the 17-yard line to the 1. He aligned as the Wing to the right side. He came across the formation after the ball was snapped, becoming the lead blocker for Reynolds. He attacked the left defensive end's outside shoulder, got his hips around to execute the reach block and seal the edge, and then cut down the defender as he tried to disengage. On the money down of the drive - 3rd and goal from the 1-yard line, the Rams rewarded Higbee. He scored a touchdown running the Flat/Out - one of the Rams' favorite goal line plays all year. He was also on the receiving end of Goff's only two pass attempts in Overtime, gaining the 15 yards necessary to move into Hekkler's field goal range.
2017 Week 2 vs WAS (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Tyler Higbee was on the field for 81% of the plays but did not see a target in this game.
2017 Week 4 vs DAL (6 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)
Athletic tight end Tyler Higbee showed up in this game as he had previously been getting snaps, but it had not translated into production on the field. Higbee showed his athletic ability on a 29-yard reception in which he ran a wheel route and Jeff Heath misjudged the speed of Higbee as he tried to come under the route and could not catch up to Higbee when he turned up the field. Higbee went to the ground and was not touched and smartly got back up to pickup another eight yards on the play.
2017 Week 5 vs SEA (8 / 4 / 98 / 0 rec)
Higbee had the best day of any Ram on the offensive side of the ball today falling just short of a 100-yard game. The biggest play came on a 35-yard seam route on the final drive of the game to give the Rams a few shots at the end zone. Higbee has emerged as the top pass-catching tight end option for the Rams and should see his role expand if Watkins and Austin continue to struggle. Higbee tied Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp for the team lead in targets with eight and was able to do more damage than anyone else for the Rams.
2017 Week 9 vs NYG (2 / 1 / 8 / 1 rec)
Tyler Higbee only saw two targets in this game, but he made the most of them as he scored an 8-yard touchdown on a play that started off a little bit odd as Higbee and Robert Woods ran into each other at the start of the play and Higbee almost fell to the ground. Higbee has seen his role diminish back to where they were early in the season as he had a few weeks in which he was heavily involved in the game plan, but it appears at least for the moment, that he is going to be touchdown reliant even though he is on the field for 78% of the snaps.
2017 Week 10 vs HOU (4 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
After scoring his first touchdown last week, Higbee had just two receptions and was largely a non-factor in this game. While Higbee continues to be on the field for a significant amount of snaps, the reality is that he is not a focal point of this offensive passing game and is often kept inside to block as Goff utilizes Todd Gurley as his safety valve in the passing game instead of the tight end.
2017 Week 12 vs NO (3 / 3 / 48 / 0 rec)
Tyler Higbee continues to flash potential as he caught a 38-yard pass in which Higbee caught the ball along the sideline and caused three defensive players to miss before finally being brought down. Outside of this catch, he was hardly utilized in this offense as he only saw two other targets in this game.
2017 Week 14 vs PHI (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Tyler Higbee was held without a catch and without a target in this game even though he was on the field for 76% of the plays in this game.