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Tyler Higbee: A Sneaky TE1?

Only four tight ends in 2022 registered at least 100 targets, and you can probably guess the top 3: Travis Kelce (150), T.J. Hockenson (123), and Mark Andrews (110). The fourth tight end? That would be Rams TE Tyler Higbee, clocking in with 104 total targets over a full 17-game season.

Higbee cracked double-digit targets four times last year while also seeing at least five targets in 10 of 17 games. While he wasn’t efficient at all with that volume (his 8.6 yards per reception was T-85th lowest in the NFL among all TEs), he didn’t have to be en route to a quantity over quality PPR TE6 finish to the year.

With Cooper Kupp and Matthew Stafford returning in 2023 and rookie WR Puka Nacua likely to work his way into the target distribution, Higbee will probably see his target numbers go down slightly. But seeing as Nacua is a rookie, after all, and that the Rams lack WR depth beyond Cooper Kupp, Higbee should continue to be a high-volume player at TE with a relatively safe low-end TE1 floor.


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