Can a tight end coming off a 39-catch season lead the Rams' offense back to prominence?
As unlikely as it sounds, that is one of the questions that new offensive coordinator
Despite coming off the worst season of his career (those 39 receptions for 424 yards and three touchdowns), McMichael figures to play a more prominent role under Saunders. The innovative play-caller incorporates the tight end heavily and McMichael's skills are a perfect match.
"He has the ability to put up big numbers in that offense," said a NFC scout. "I'm not saying that he is a better player than
McMichael creates a matchup dilemma for defenses as his athleticism makes him a tough draw for linebackers and his size poses a problem for smaller defenders in space.
Saunders has a history of taking advantage of such mismatches, having been instrumental in the development of perennial two Pro Bowl tight ends: Cooley and
McMichael has flourished as the focal point in the past, and his career includes three seasons with over 60 receptions as a Dolphins. Although the presence of
The Rams' offense was a disappointment of epic proportions last season, but the re-emergence of McMichael should lead the unit out of the doldrums and back to the ranks of the elite.
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