After being the first NFL draft pick selected by the new regime under Head Coach Sean McVay and General Manager Les Snead, TE Gerald Everett has largely been trying to find his footing.
As a rookie in 2017, Everett didn’t see a ton of opportunities as he only received 32 targets in the season, translating that into only 16 receptions and 244 yards. His sophomore season teased more action and potential, though once again, Everett was held back by a lack of opportunities. Everett received an uptick in targets (50), receiving yards (320), and touchdowns (3) last season, though a lot of uncovered potential remains. The chemistry between QB Jared Goff and Everett, as well as more play calls being a central option tend to be the biggest factors in Everett’s small usage rate.
Everett has nothing to worry about in terms of a roster spot. He’s firmly entrenched as a lock for the 53-man roster, though his role remains unclear. The biggest battle Everett will face is the one for playing time and opportunities. TE Tyler Higbee won’t roll over and hand Everett the easy way to playing time, though both excel at different facets of the game (Everett as a receiver, Higbee as a blocker).
The issue here is there are only so many opportunities to go around. Everett will need to do his best to fend off Higbee, but not only that, he’ll need to compete for targets with receivers Robert Woods, Brandin Cooks, Cooper Kupp, and running backs Todd Gurley, and Darrell Henderson.
Regardless, my expectations are for Everett to take another step forward in his development as a potent weapon in the league. No, he probably wont have 80 receptions and 1,000 yards, but 33 receptions and only 320 yards simply isn’t enough for a player with Everett’s ability. For an offense looking to continue to keep defenses on their heels and progress, including another weapon (tight ends) would certainly accomplish that feat.
Chances of making the final roster (9.8/10)
Everett isn’t going anywhere, and he shouldn’t be. His development has just started.