Coach Sean McVay believes he can do a better job utilizing Everett in the Rams offense, Cameron DaSilva of Rams Wire reports. "Really, really excited about what Gerald Everett's going to do," McVay said Monday. "I think Tyler Higbee did a phenomenal job, but I think Gerald Everett's a guy that I've got to do a better job of utilizing his skill set because he's a difference-maker." Everett appeared on track for his long-awaited breakout as recently as early November, averaging 55.6 yards and 8.2 targets over a five-game stretch Weeks 5-10. He slowed down over the next couple games and then suffered a knee injury, opening the door for Tyler Higbee to go wild in December. Higbee is now locked in as the Rams' No. 1 tight end in the first season of a four-year, $29 million extension, but Everett could also see a decent share of snaps and targets if McVay increases his usage of two-TE formations. Of course, that involves the sacrifice of taking Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods or Brandin Cooks off the field, assuming Cooks isn't traded at some point in the coming months. In any case, Everett is entering the final season of his rookie contract, and quite possibly his final season with the Rams.
Everett didn't play an offensive snap during Sunday's 31-24 win over Arizona. He did see the field for two special-teams snaps. The third-year tight end appeared to be headed for a breakout campaign with 18 receptions for 239 yards and two touchdowns during Weeks 4 through 7, but then a wrist injury cut into his practice time and hurt his production. Everett then sustained a knee injury in late November, which kept him out Weeks 13 through 15 before playing just four offensive snaps over the final two games of the year. Making matters worse, fellow tight end Tyler Higbee emerged as a go-to option in the passing attack and accumulated 43 receptions for 522 yards and two touchdowns over the final five games of the year. The Rams invested a second-round selection in 2017 in Everett, so he's going to have opportunities to carve out a role in 2020. However, his fantasy stock is definitely trending in the wrong direction despite his high-end athleticism and potential.
Everett failed to catch his only target and played just four offensive snaps during Saturday's 34-31 loss to San Francisco. It's been a disappointing campaign for Everett, and especially over the past few weeks. Just when it looked like everything was coming together for the athletic tight end, he sustained a knee injury in mid-November, which eventually sidelined him for three weeks. Additionally, fellow tight end Tyler Higbee has stepped up with four consecutive games of at least 100 receiving yards. With nothing on the line in Week 17, it wouldn't be surprising if Everett was once again scarcely involved in the offense to ensure he's 100 percent healthy heading into the offseason.
Everett (knee) doesn't have a designation for Saturday's contest at San Francisco, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports. When Everett was absent Weeks 13 through 15, he didn't step foot on the practice field at all, instead focusing on rehab of his knee injury. On this occasion, he was limited Tuesday before wrapping up the week with back-to-back uncapped sessions. After Thursday's practice, coach Sean McVay said the tight "will be OK to go" this weekend, but it remains to be seen what kind of role he'll be afforded. The primary sticking point is the presence of Tyler Higbee, who notched at least seven catches for 100-plus yards in each of the contests with unfettered access to TE reps.
Everett (knee) practiced fully Wednesday, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports. During his three-game absence, Everett didn't practice in any fashion ahead of those contests, so his activity Wednesday is as positive of a sign as any that he's put his hyperextended knee behind him. Afterward, coach Sean McVay spoke of Everett. "We're just kind of feeling it out," McVay told Thiry. "Part of that, too, is as we complete the game plan and kind of figure out exactly what that looks like and what his involvement would be, if he is feeling good enough." In the end, there's a chance he's eased back into the fold Saturday in San Francisco, especially with how well Tyler Higbee has played during Everett's absence.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/04||New York Giants||25||8.00|
|6||10/19||@San Francisco 49ers||6||5.42|
|11||11/24||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||23||7.63|
|12||11/29||San Francisco 49ers||6||5.42|
|14||12/11||New England Patriots||12||6.35|
|15||12/20||New York Jets||4||5.13|
|3 Year Avg||48||29||324||2||15||11.17||45|