On 2nd-and-2 from the Oakland 47 Saturday night, quarterback Jared Goff dropped back, went through his progressions, and dumped a pass off to tight end Gerald Everett.
Everett had lined up in the backfield, but had made his way into the left flat after Goff’s play-action fake to running back Todd Gurley II. Everett caught the pass at about the line of scrimmage, but then the rookie turned on the jets, darting down the left side. Then he put on the brakes with a juke, inducing a defender to fall out of his path. The rookie then gained about 10 more yards before being tackled for a 24-yard gain.
It was the second example of Everett creating extra yards with his evasive moves in two weeks. In Everett’s debut against the Cowboys, he shook off two defenders on his way to a nine-yard gain for his first professional reception.
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“That’s just what I was really coached to do in college,” Everett said after Saturday’s game. “And [tight ends] coach Shane Waldron, [head coach Sean] McVay did a great job of illustrating the importance to me of tight turning and knifing up the field because you never know who’s behind you.”
In two preseason games, Everett has made six receptions for 42 yards — including four receptions on four targets against Oakland. The rookie looks like he’s feeling comfortable in the offense, and said as much on Saturday.
“A couple more games under my belt and I’ll feel, probably, more fluid,” Everett said. “But I felt like I had no hesitation tonight — came out, got the play call, and I was confident in what we were doing.”
Everett will have two more exhibition contests to get acclimated before the regular season begins on Sept. 10. But for now, Everett looks like he’s making the progress needed to play a significant role in Los Angeles’ offense this year.
“It’s still early in the preseason so the game will get much faster in the regular season, I’m pretty sure,” Everett said. “But as a rookie, I’m just trying to get better. But I feel like I'm pretty comfortable in the offense and the flow of the game.”