Tight End Concerns for the Los Angeles Rams? Examining Their Poor Ranking in 2024

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Since the Los Angeles Rams drafted Tyler Higbee there hasn’t been much need to worry at tight end. But with age injuries and a dip in performance, questions about the future of the position have crept to the surface.

In their offensive rankings, the Rams Skinny Podcast ranked the Rams’ tight end unit as the 16th best in the league. Here is their ranking and reasoning;

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  1. Kansas City Cheifs
  2. San Francisco 49ers
  3. Baltimore Ravens
  4. Minnesota Vikings
  5. Detroit Lions
  6. Philadelphia Eagles
  7. Atlanta Falcons
  8. Cleveland Browns
  9. Jacksonville Jaguars
  10. Chicago Bears
  11. Buffalo Bills
  12. Las Vegas Raiders
  13. Pittsburgh Steelers
  14. Houston Texans
  15. Arizona Cardinals
  16. Los Angeles Rams

Los Angeles Rams Tight Ends Ranked 16th in New Ranking

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  • Injury to Tyler Higbee: Higbee’s injury came in the wild-card round and was devastating. He will likely miss multiple games to start the season. With a serious injury, there are questions if he will ever return to his previous form especially considering his his age.
  • Lack of Established Depth: The Rams lack a proven receiving threat or a reliable blocking tight end beyond Higbee. Davis Allen showed his bonafide as a pass catcher in limited reps last season but struggled as a blocker.
  • Newcomer Uncertainty: The Rams added Colby Parkinson, who is a proven blocker, but has never flashed as a receiver in his four seasons with the Seattle Seahawks
  • Scheme Fit: The Rams’ offensive scheme has never heavily utilized tight ends in the passing game.
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