Because the Rams’ teaching search progressed final winter, tight ends Tyler Higbee and Temarrick Hemingway tracked it with solely passing consideration.

The selection was out of their management.

When Sean McVay’s identify got here to the forefront, they took discover. The Washington Redskins offensive coordinator ran a move-heavy scheme that regularly put the ball within the arms of tight ends Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis.

Hemingway recalled the January day the Rams introduced McVay’s hiring.

“I went and labored out as quickly as I discovered that out,” he stated, laughing.

McVay’s premium on tight ends was evident a number of months later. Through the NFL draft, the Rams used their first decide to pick Gerald Everett.

Now Everett, second-yr execs Higbee and Hemingway and veteran Cory Harkey make up the tight finish corps. Undrafted free agent Travis Wilson, a transformed quarterback, additionally impressed in the course of the first week of coaching camp.

Everett, Higbee and Hemingway present versatility, McVay stated.

“They’re competing properly within the run and the cross,” he stated. “And the extra that we will current out of these personnel teams, I feel the harder you’re to defend.”

Opponents had no drawback stopping the Rams final season. They loaded as much as stuff operating again Todd Gurley, daring the NFL’s worst offense to beat them with passes.

Tight finish Lance Kendricks caught 50 passes, Higbee eleven. They mixed for 3 touchdowns on a staff that completed four-12.

In the meantime, McVay oversaw a Washington offense that ranked third general and second in yards passing. In a lineup that included large receivers DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, tight ends Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis caught sixty six and forty four passes, respectively, and mixed for eight touchdowns.

Everett, who performed at South Alabama, made headlines upon his arrival at coaching camp when stated that he and Higbee could possibly be higher than the Redskins tight ends.

McVay stated he appreciated the rookie’s confidence.

“Each time he does one thing mistaken I all the time give him . . . ‘I don’t know, would Jordan Reed or Vernon Davis have executed on that?’ ” McVay joked.

Stated Higbee: “These guys are Professional Bowl guys, veteran guys and unbelievable gamers — and we haven’t finished something but. So, love the arrogance, however we’ll see.”

In the course of the first week of camp, Everett has made robust catches in tight protection and athletic aerial performs.

Washington’s Reed and Davis, he stated, are nice gamers whom he has tried to emulate. However Everett backpedaled solely barely from his earlier feedback.

“Lots of people, they take a look at me as a rookie saying an enormous assertion like that,” he stated. “However whenever you take a look at our tight ends, we have now lots of guys which might be versatile they usually can take the highest off a protection.

“The Washington tight ends . . . these are nice tight ends yearly. However wanting on the Rams proper ends, I really feel like we’re undoubtedly going to be prime-notch and elite.”

The Rams’ system is extra complicated than what he performed in school. However the 6-foot-three, 245-pound Everett — the Rams’ shortest tight finish — stated he was progressing with assist from Harkey, a sixth-yr professional, and gamers one yr faraway from school resembling Higbee and Hemingway.

“I get the perfect of each worlds,” Everett stated.

Higbee, a fourth-spherical decide from Western Kentucky, appeared on monitor for a productive rookie season in 2016 however he didn’t grow to be a serious a part of the offense.

The sport, he stated, has slowed down for him in Yr 2, and he’s wanting ahead to probably getting extra alternatives in McVay’s scheme.

“This offense is tight-finish pleasant, which is superior,” he stated. “You get to run round just a little bit.”

Hemingway, a sixth-spherical decide from South Carolina State in 2016, has made huge strides from his rookie season when he performed in eight video games however didn’t catch a cross.

He’s extra snug with all points, he stated, from one thing as primary as his stance to recognizing the NFL’s disguised defensive schemes.

“In school it was just about what you see is what you’re going to get,” he stated. “Out right here it’s lots totally different.”

Hemingway stated he’s excited to be a part of a scheme that options a number of tight ends lined up in a number of places.

“It’s onerous to maintain a tab on us as a result of we’re everywhere in the subject,” he stated. “We’re just about in all places.

“You may see 4 tight ends. You simply by no means know.”

Harkey, who has by no means caught greater than thirteen passes in a season, has primarily been utilized as a backfield blocker throughout his profession. McVay praised his reliability.

Harkey says he’s prepared for no matter position is important, together with mentoring the youthful gamers.

“I’ve been round and seen some issues,” he stated, “so it’s good to have the ability to simply work with them and speak them via some issues.

“They will lean on me for no matter they want.”

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