Friday, October 3, 2014, 6:19pm
Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6:31pm
Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm
Thursday, July 3, 2014, 10:56am
"John has done a really, really good job," HC Bruce Arians said. "First off, he's extremely bright. He picked up the system extremely quick. He plays full speed all the time and has got outstanding hands. His issue in the past ... he's not an overwhelming blocker but he's more than adequate."
Each new addition to the tight end room brought more competition. While some players wilt at the first sign of having to play for their job, Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer said that hasn't happened yet with the Cards.
"It's been phenomenal to have John here for a number of (reasons)," Palmer said. "Mainly, he's really pushed that tight end group. He's really brought the best out of [Rob Housler]. Bringing competition to that spot has really helped Robby improve."
The tight end position isn't a big part of Bruce Arians' offense, but if Carlson wins the starting job, he may be useful as a TE2 or as part of a streaming strategy.
Cardinals beat writer Darren Urban says that TE John Carlson looks very, very good. The veteran tight end hasn’t put on pads. And in the end, his career has been less about an inability to perform as much as the injuries that have stopped him from performing. But as a receiver, he’s more impressive that I expected. Blocking is a big part of the job, and that’s a pads thing, but if Carlson is healthy, they could have a find there.
Rookie tight end Troy Niklas broke his right hand after catching it in another jersey. Head coach Bruce Arians said Niklas got his finger twisted in a jersey last week, which caused the break. Niklas, the Cards’ second-round draft pick, is expected to be ready for training camp in July.
Friday, June 6, 2014, 6:37pm
Cardinals TE Rob Housler, Bruce Arians said, has had a “fantastic” offseason so far. And that’s at least a start.
Where Rob Housler goes from there, we’ll see. It seems that Housler’s “make-or-break” year, or “year to make a leap” has been every year except his first. The Cardinals are still waiting, and now the reality of the NFL means time grows short. Housler is in the last year of his rookie contract. The Cardinals signed John Carlson (who has looked very good so far), brought Jake Ballard back to health and drafted Troy Niklas. Even, at least in the heat of OTAs, Darren Fells has looked the part. Arians has called his tight ends group “an NFL room right now” and they all certainly look the part. Making this team — and getting playing time — won’t be simple.
We're not expecting much from any of the Cardinals tight ends. It's not a featured spot in Arians' offense and the pecking order is too murky with Housler, Carlson and rookie Niklas all in the mix.
Friday, March 7, 2014, 6:11pm
Friday, February 21, 2014, 1:17pm
At the Combine, Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said, "Tight ends for me block first, catch second."
This doesn't bode particularly well for Rob Housler, who had a late-season stretch of decent play (#15 TE from Week 10 to Week 14) after an injury kept him out of the first two games.
Friday, December 27, 2013, 6:31pm
Thursday, December 26, 2013, 6:21pm
Friday, December 20, 2013, 6:35pm
Cardinals TE Rob Housler (groin, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 16. Housler may be active in Week 16, but he’s not a good option in a matchup with the Seahawks where passing yards will be at a premium.
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