This article is part of our Job Battles series.
This Job Battles post will look at the Rams tight ends, Pittsburgh backup running backs, and Atlanta backup running backs. All ADP data cited is from the past week.
Rams Tight Ends
The Rams went into last year utilizing Gerald Everett (216.85 NFFC, 202.72 BB10) as their pass-catching specialist at tight end, relegating Tyler Higbee (79.35 NFFC, 86.34 BB10) to a blocking specialist role. This did not last, of course, first because Everett suffered a knee injury in Week 12, and then because Higbee vastly outplayed Everett from that point. In the final two weeks of the year Everett was relegated to third-string tight end, playing four snaps in the final two games (zero snaps in one of the two).
When Higbee took over the pass-catching role, the Rams chose to scratch Everett instead of giving him a new, revised role. Johnny Mundt, playing 65 snaps in those two games, took over the blocking role that Higbee previously occupied, blocking on a whopping 51 percent of his passing down snaps.
Playing in Everett's former role, Higbee reached heights Everett never did previously. Despite finishing the year with a blocking percentage of 27 percent on passing downs, a big contrast to Everett's figure of 13 percent, Higbee was utterly dominant as a pass catcher, catching 77.5 percent of his targets at 8.2 YPT in an offense that completed 62.8 percent of its passes at 7.4 YPA. Everett was a drain on the