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Rams' Everett gets his chance to prove he's a starter

Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Football

LOS ANGELES--It's been a while since tight end Gerald Everett started for the Los Angeles Rams.

He did it twice as a rookie in 2017 but played behind Tyler Higbee every game last season as the Rams made a run to the Super Bowl.

With Higbee sidelined because of a bruised lung suffered in the victory over the New Orleans Saints last week, Everett will start Sunday night against the Cleveland Brown at FirstEnergy Stadium. Everett said Friday that the starting assignment would not change his mind-set.

"I'm not really worried about breaking out or having a big game," he said after practice. "Just compete to the best of my abilities and help the team get a W."

Higbee was injured during the second quarter of the 27-9 victory over the Saints. He did not practice all week. Johnny Mundt will back up Everett, whom coach Sean McVay described as "a starting-caliber player."

As a rookie, Everett caught 16 passes, two for touchdowns. Last season, he had 33 receptions, three for touchdowns. Everett has three catches for 21 yards this season.

 

In the season opener against the Carolina Panthers, Higbee played 51 snaps. Everett played 39. Before he was injured against the Saints, Higbee played 23 snaps. Everett played 48.

His workload could increase against the Browns.

"Gerald will get a chance to demonstrate why he can really play on all three downs," McVay said.

Offensive lineman Austin Blythe, who suffered a left ankle injury against the Saints on the same play that Higbee was injured, was limited again Friday and is listed as questionable. The Sunday night kickoff gives Blythe more time than usual to continue rehabilitation and possibly play.

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