When entering the 2019 season, no one had an idea of what Tyler Higbee would accomplish for the Los Angeles Rams. Before the season, the Rams offered him a four year/ $29M extension that kicks in in the 2020 season. Rams fans were skeptical about the extension since up until the season started he hadn’t done much to warrant that deal.
For the most part of the 2019 season, fans were right for their concerns about the deal. Up until week 11 against the Arizona Cardinals, Higbee’s biggest game yards wise was 47 yards against the Seattle Seahawks in week 4. But, once December rolled around, all things changed.
Higbee’s Massive December
Before December, Higbee only had 21 catches for 192 yards with one touchdown which up until that point was what Rams fans expected from him ever since he joined the team. After week 11, Higbee would go on one of the biggest runs a tight end could have in the NFL. He almost went five straight games with going over 100 yards which you don’t hear much for tight ends in the NFL these days.
In those last five games, he went off with catching 43 passes for 522 yards and 2 touchdowns. Despite not getting the five games in a row with going over 100 yards, to still get 522 in five games is pretty impressive. He would end the 2019 season setting records for Rams’ tight ends in a single season with receptions (69) and receiving yards (734). The way Higbee ended last season definitely has given the fans someone to talk about with him having that breakout season the Rams and the fans have been waiting for.
According to Pro Football Focus, Higbee finished the season with an 85.9 grade for the year which is phenomenal for a tight end. He ranked seventh in targets (86), sixth for receptions (69), seventh in receiving yards (734), and tied-19th for touchdowns (3rd). Fun fact: he also averaged 10.6 yards per receptions as well to cap it all off.
Think about this; all of these stats came after having one massive month that included five games of getting 84 or more yards a game. If he had that type of production all season, we could be talking about over 1,000 yards, 80-85 receptions and 5-8 touchdowns for the year.
Higbee in 2020
All eyes will be on Tyler Higbee this upcoming season with after that monster December to close out the season. The Rams are going into SoFi Stadium next year and are bringing on new coaches especially Kevin O’Connell on the offensive side as the Offensive Coordinator. Expect Higbee to continue the run that he started back in 2019 with a younger offensive coaching core with head coach Sean McVay getting help from O’Connell.
If quarterback Jared Goff gets an offensive line that can protect him game in, and game out along with having the running backs play as they did in 2018, Higbee will get a lot of more looks on the offense. His numbers could be around the same but spread out throughout the whole year or we might even see an uptake in those numbers as well. I predict Higbe will get between 825-1,000 yards receiving, and seven touchdowns this year as long as McVay and O’Connell keep Higbee in their gameplans throughout the year.
Don’t be shocked if Higbee has a monster 2020 season to finish off what he started last year. Higbee could be looking at being a top tight end in the league when it’s all said and done.
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