Higbee is facing increased competition for the starting tight-end job from Gerald Everett, who appeared much improved during the offseason program, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.

The Rams have favored Higbee's blocking over Everett's receiving ability in the past, but it may be a different story now that the latter is becoming increasingly comfortable as a blocker. There's also the matter of Cooper Kupp (knee) not being a lock to play in Week 1, which could inspire coach Sean McVay to place a greater emphasis on throwing to his tight ends. Of course, the same scenario also would encourage increased use of two-tight-end formations, something the Rams started to do after Kupp suffered his season-ending ACL tear in November. Regardless of the different scenarios at play, the 26-year-old Higbee hasn't shown much hint of upside beyond his receptions totals from the past two years (25 and 24).

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