Tyler Higbee

Los Angeles Rams
Tight End #89
Los Angeles Rams
Tight End #89
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Tyler Higbee News

Held out of May/June practices

Higbee was sidelined for the Rams' offseason program, according to Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com.

Analysis: With no report of an injury, it's possible Higbee simply chose not to participate. He did deal with hand and elbow injuries last season, but he was still able to play in 15 regular-season games and both of the Rams' playoff contests. There's an opportunity for Higbee to see more snaps and targets after Gerald Everett signed with the Seahawks in March, though 2020 fourth-round pick Brycen Hopkins and 2021 fourth-rounder Jacob Harris could challenge for some playing time in passing situations. Higbee caught more than 70 percent of his targets each of the past three seasons, and his impressive efficiency should continue with the Rams upgrading from Jared Goff to Matthew Stafford under center.

Jul 1, 2021 8:02 AM EST

Fails to live up to hype

Higbee finished the 2020 regular season with 44 receptions for 521 yards and five touchdowns. He also added three catches for nine yards through Los Angeles' two playoff games.

Analysis: The fifth-year tight end was a popular breakout target in 2020 after piling up 43 receptions, 522 yards and two touchdowns over the final five games of the 2019 campaign. Unfortunately, the production didn't carry over. To start, the Rams turned to the rushing attack more frequently. After having the eighth highest passing-play percentage (62.0) during the 2019 campaign, Los Angeles dipped to a 26th-ranked 55.8 mark this season. Additionally, fellow tight end Gerald Everett finished with career-high totals in receptions, receiving yards and offensive snaps to cut into Higbee's production. While Everett hits free agency during the offseason, the Rams also selected tight end Brycen Hopkins in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, and he's athletically gifted and a potential Everett replacement. Los Angeles could also add to the position in the draft or free agency.

Jan 28, 2021 9:31 AM EST

Virtual non-factor vs. Seahawhs

Higbee caught one of three targets for four yards during Saturday's 30-20 win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: On a day when the Rams threw the ball just 25 times, Higbee wasn't heavily involved and mainly picked up scraps as Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp (knee) saw most of the targets. Kupp left the game in the latter stages because of an injury that could potentially affect his availability for the NFC divisional round matchup against either Washington or the Buccaneers. While Josh Reynolds and Vann Jefferson's roles would likely increase if Kupp were to sit, Higbee's number could get called a few extra times as well.

Jan 9, 2021 6:37 PM EST

Another quiet showing in finale

Higbee caught three of his four targets for 43 yards during Sunday's 18-7 win over Arizona.

Analysis: After a promising finish to the 2019 campaign, Higbee was a popular breakout candidate heading into 2020. Unfortunately, the fifth-year tight end disappointed and outside of a three-touchdown showing in Week 2, he was largely unproductive and a fantasy afterthought. While the potential is there for a strong showing against Seattle in the wild-card round, Higbee is far from a guarantee in most formats.

Jan 4, 2021 6:21 AM EST

Catches half his targets in loss

Higbee caught three of his six targets for 34 yards during Sunday's 20-9 loss to Seattle.

Analysis: After finding the end zone last week, Higbee failed to make a fantasy dent again Sunday against the Seahawks. He's only topped 50 receiving yards in four games all season, and three of his five touchdowns came in Week 2. It's been a disappointing campaign for the fifth-year tight end, and his prospects aren't promising for the season finale, either. Quarterback Jared Goff (thumb) underwent surgery Monday, and backup QB John Walford hasn't played a competitive game since the 2019 preseason.

Dec 28, 2020 5:37 PM EST

Finds end zone in loss

Higbee caught four of five targets for 67 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: For the second straight game, the tight end led the Rams in receiving, although Higbee only managed 101 yards between the two contests. He also scored his fifth TD of the season and second in the last three games on a three-yard grab early in the fourth quarter. Higbee will look to keep rolling during a Week 16 trip to Seattle that will likely decide the winner of the NFC West.

Dec 20, 2020 7:10 PM EST

Unlikely receiving yardage leader

Higbee secured both of his targets for 34 yards in the Rams' 24-3 win over the Patriots on Thursday night.

Analysis: The fifth-year pro made a splash on the first offensive play of the game, notching a 25-yard grab that put the Rams at midfield on a drive that would culminate in a Jared Goff rushing touchdown. Higbee had just one more reception for nine yards the rest of the way, however, leaving him short of the 35-yard mark for the fourth straight game. The Rams passing game typically remains heavily focused on wideouts Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods and the offense also typically tilts toward the run whenever game script allows, so Higbee's fantasy production will remain hard to trust during the fantasy postseason.

Dec 10, 2020 9:38 PM EST

Scores in win over Cards

Higbee caught four of six targets for 24 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 38-28 win over Arizona.

Analysis: While the touchdown was nice to see from the veteran tight end, Higbee remains a tough start in most fantasy settings. He's produced just 4.1 yards per target over the past three games and has only topped 50 receiving yards in three games all season. The Rams spread the ball around amongst their deep arsenal of playmakers, and Higbee just hasn't been targeted enough -- especially downfield -- to make an impact. After a late-season breakout in 2019, It's been an extremely disappointing 2020 campaign from Higbee thus far.

Dec 7, 2020 7:36 AM EST

Active for Sunday's game

Higbee (elbow) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the 49ers.

Analysis: Higbee, who's recorded 27 catches (on 35 targets) for 315 yards and three TDs (all in Week 2) in nine games to date -- was listed as a non-participant in practice all week due to an elbow injury that he suffered during Week 11 action, so it remains to be seen how close to a full workload he'll see Sunday. If he's limited at all in the contest, added tight end snaps would be available for Gerald Everett and Johnny Mundt.

Nov 29, 2020 11:48 AM EST

Status in question for Sunday

Higbee (elbow) is listed as questionable for Sunday's contest against the 49ers, Kevin Modesti of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

Analysis: Higbee was unable to practice all week due to an elbow injury that he suffered during a Week 11 win at Tampa Bay. During a media session Friday, coach Sean McVay said Higbee will be a game-time call as a result, meaning his availability likely will come down to how he looks during a pregame warmup. The Rams will make a ruling on Higbee's status about 90 minutes before Sunday's 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff. If Higbee is limited or doesn't play at all, Gerald Everett and Johnny Mundt will take on extra TE reps.

Nov 27, 2020 3:28 PM EST

No practice Thursday

Higbee (elbow) was held out of practice Thursday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Sean McVay called Higbee day-to-day Wednesday, but just one day later the coach referred to the tight end as a game-time decision for Sunday's contest against the 49ers, per Rodrigue. Ideally, Higbee will get in some practice reps before week's end, but he only has one more chance to do so Friday. If Higbee is inhibited or not able to play this weekend, Gerald Everett and Johnny Mundt will take on larger roles in the Rams' passing attack.

Nov 26, 2020 2:12 PM EST

Sits out Wednesday's practice

Higbee (elbow) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice, Kevin Modesti of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

Analysis: Coach Sean McVay said earlier in the day that the 27-year-old was "day-to-day" with an elbow injury, so it's not a major surprise to see him sitting out coming off Monday's win over Tampa Bay. Higbee's practice participation Thursday and Friday should provide a better idea of his potential availability for this weekend's matchup with the 49ers.

Nov 25, 2020 5:33 PM EST

Dealing with elbow injury

Coach Sean McVay said Higbee suffered an elbow injury during Monday's win at Tampa Bay and is considered "day-to-day," Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Higbee picked up the issue in the second half of the aforementioned game, logging 72 percent of the snaps on offense (52 of 72) in the process. The mark is his second lowest of the campaign and limited him to four catches (on four targets) for 19 yards. The Rams will reveal Higbee's activity level upon the release of Wednesday's injury report.

Nov 25, 2020 4:57 PM EST

Pedestrian numbers in MNF win

Higbee caught all four of his targets for 19 yards and added a one-yard rush during Monday's 27-24 win over Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Interestingly, all four of Higbee's targets came on first downs, as head coach Sean McVay clearly leaned on the veteran tight end to position Los Angeles in favorable distances to move the chains. However, Higbee's numbers didn't move the fantasy needle Monday, and his underwhelming season continues to drag along. Fantasy managers should probably aim higher in the majority of settings.

Nov 24, 2020 5:47 AM EST

Finds form in win over Seahawks

Higbee caught three of six targets for a season-high 60 yards during Sunday's 23-16 win over Seattle.

Analysis: The fifth-year tight end was particularly instrumental on Los Angeles' second drive with receptions of 39 and 14 yards before a rushing score from running back Darrell Henderson put Los Angeles in the lead for good. Higbee's been quiet since scoring three touchdowns in Week 2 against Philadelphia, but this was a better outing and could prove to be a sign of things to come. Fantasy managers will still probably want to keep expectations in check, though.

Nov 16, 2020 9:45 AM EST

Feels recovered from hand injury

Higbee said Thursday that his hand "finally feels good," Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Higbee missed Week 7 due to a hand contusion but managed to return against Miami in Week 9, when he caught two passes for 14 yards. Now coming off Los Angeles' bye, it looks like the 27-year-old is back to 100 percent. Per Rodrigue, Higbee may even be able to shed his hand brace during Sunday's game against the Seahawks.

Nov 12, 2020 3:22 PM EST

Pair of catches in return

Higbee (hand) brought in two of four targets for 14 yards in the Rams' 28-17 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday.

Analysis: Higbee made his return from a one-game absence due to a hand contusion, but he struggled to do anything of note in a loss that was more lopsided than the final score implies. Outside of a spectacular three-touchdown day in Week 2 against the Eagles, Higbee hasn't done much of note through the first half of his season, topping out at the five catches and 54 yards he posted in that contest in terms of single-game highs. He'll look to utilize the bye week to further recover before a key Week 10 matchup against the Seahawks.

Nov 1, 2020 3:44 PM EST

Available in Week 7

Higbee (hand) is listed as active Sunday in Miami, Stu Jackson of the Rams' official site reports.

Analysis: Despite his hand injury described as a "pretty gnarly" contusion, Higbee will miss just one game as a result. While he may play second fiddle to fellow TE Gerald Everett, Higbee will look to produce against a Dolphins defense that has allowed just 6.6 YPT and no touchdowns to the position this season.

Nov 1, 2020 8:37 AM EST

Week 8 status TBD

Higbee (hand/questionable) is pushing to play Sunday against the Dolphins, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: That said, Rapoport suggests that with a bye coming up in Week 9 and Johnny Mundt on hand to fill in, it might make sense for the Rams to rest Higbee Sunday. Confirmation of the tight end's Week 8 status, either way, will arrive once the team's inactives are released ahead of Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff.

Nov 1, 2020 4:46 AM EST

Considered game-time decision

Higbee (hand) will be a game-time decision Sunday in Miami, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The Rams are listing Higbee as questionable for a second straight week, hoping he'll be able to suit up this time. He was a limited practice participant Wednesday and Thursday, whereas last week he didn't do any work until the final session (Saturday) before the game. It is possible Higbee has his pass-catching role scaled back even if he plays, as coach Sean McVay recently referred to the tight end's hand contusion as "pretty gnarly".

Oct 30, 2020 1:56 PM EST

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