John Carlson Fantasy News

Cardinals TE John Carlson announces his retirement

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 4:39pm

AZ Cardinals - [Full Article]

Cardinals TE John Carlson has retired from the NFL.

Carlson, who was going into his eighth year, wasn’t in training camp, but he had been a daily attendee of the Cardinals’ strength and conditioning program and was on the field Monday when the team opened up Phase 2 on-field workouts. In a statement released by the team, Carlson did not indicate a specific reason for his decision.

"After much thought and consideration, my wife Danielle and I know that this is the best decision for us," Carlson said.

Fantasy Impact:

Along with Rob Housler's departure via free agency, the Cardinals will be without the two tight ends that played the most in 2014. Darren Fells and 2014 draft pick Troy Niklas sit atop the team's depth chart.

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Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Cardinals TE John Carlson (calf, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 17.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Cardinals TE John Carlson (knee, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 7.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Cardinals TE John Carlson (knee) did not practice Wednesday.

Friday, September 5, 2014, 10:32am

AZ Central - [Full Article]

Through spring and summer, no Cardinals offensive player made a more positive impression than tight end John Carlson.

He caught almost every ball thrown to him — and there were a lot — and blocked better than coaches and the front office thought he would.

But in three preseason appearances, Carlson didn't catch a pass, though a touchdown against the Texans in game one was nullified by penalty.

Coach Bruce Arians doesn't make much of either end of that spectrum.

Fantasy Impact:

Carlson is flying under the radar, but tight ends have never been a huge part of Bruce Arians' offense. It's possible that he works his way into a TE2/streaming type role since he is playing well enough to play the bulk of the snaps.

Monday, August 11, 2014, 5:37pm

AZCardinals.com - [Full Article]

Cardinals TE John Carlson made a play that didn’t count within a game that didn’t count.

Some would call that worthless, but Cardinals coach Bruce Arians knew its impact as he grinned from ear-to-ear when discussing it on Monday.

The veteran tight end chewed up No. 1 pick Jadeveon Clowney with an out-and-up route in the preseason opener against the Texans on Saturday night, finishing it with a 13-yard touchdown reception early in the first quarter. The score was called back for illegal use of the hands on center Ted Larsen, but it was an in-game glimpse of what Carlson has shown in practice for the past several months.

It has never been a question of talent with Carlson, who averaged 53 catches, 600 yards and six touchdowns per season in his first two years in the NFL with the Seahawks. Instead, it was the risk of concussions which allowed the Cardinals to take a low-risk flier – a two-year, $4.65 million deal with little guaranteed money – on him after the Vikings waived Carlson in March.

Fantasy Impact:

Carlson quickly ascended the depth chart upon arriving in Arizona and played seven snaps with the first-team offense against the Texans. While he didn’t officially record a catch, there seems to be little doubt Carlson can be a productive player if he can stay on the field. Carlson ranks just 25th on our list, but is ahead of teammate Jake Ballard, so we think there are better TE options out there.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 11:19am

Detroit Free Press - [Full Article]

Though the Lions spent the bulk of Monday’s practice on the running game, TE Eric Ebron looked crisp in his route-running in snippets of position drills and for the second straight practice caught everything thrown his way.

Fantasy Impact:

Ebron has been struggling with drops, so it's good to hear that he had a good day catching the ball on Monday. The Lions want him to fill the Jimmy Graham role in new OC Joe Lombardi’s offense, so he should see playing time immediately despite the presence of Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria. Of the 21 tight ends who have been drafted in the first round in the last 10 years, 14 have managed to play at least 14 games. They averaged 35-371-2.6, or #31 TE numbers. (Oddly enough, that's where Brandon Pettigrew finished in 2013.) It usually takes a while for a young tight end to make a fantasy impact, though there has been the occasional exception. Jeremy Shockey (#3 TE in 2002), Heath Miller (#11 in 2005) and Dustin Keller (#14 in 2008) all posted TE1 or fringe-TE1 numbers as rookie first round picks. Cam Cleeland, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and John Carlson all had a TE1-type impact as rookies even though they weren't drafted in the first round. Ebron is an intriguing TE2-type in a potent offense, but he's no shoo-in to make a big fantasy impact in his first season, especially if he’s struggling to catch the ball.

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer feeling comfortable in offense

Friday, August 1, 2014, 11:12am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Cardinals WR John Weinfuss: It’s very clear that quarterback Carson Palmer has picked up this offense and all its nuances, even if he’s telling us the same thing. I’ve seen Palmer often pull a running back or wide receiver aside after a play and start motioning with his hands where he should be lined up. He’s done it a couple times with new tight end John Carlson, who’s just learning the offense. Palmer's ability to teach more shows how far he's come, but Palmer's also getting help. His receivers know exactly where they’re supposed to line up, compared to last year, when both often looked confused.

Fantasy Impact:

Palmer was the #22 QB through eight weeks, but was #6 from Week 10 to Week 17, after the team’s Week 9 bye. He said he felt much more comfortable in Bruce Arians’ offense down the stretch and his numbers reflect that. His receiving corps is good with Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, who had a breakout season in his second year. Still, it’s hard to get too excited about Palmer as anything more than a committee type given the fact that one-quarter of his schedule consists of matchups against the Seahawks and 49ers. He’s a very cheap option and ideal for a QBBC.

Lions TE Eric Ebron continues to struggle with drops

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 12:15pm

Detroit Free Press - [Full Article]

The biggest knock on Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron through off-season workouts and the first two days of training camp has been an inordinate number of dropped passes that have negated his big-play ability.

Fantasy Impact:

The Lions want Ebron to fill the Jimmy Graham role in new OC Joe Lombardi’s offense, so he should see playing time immediately despite the presence of Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria. Of the 21 tight ends who have been drafted in the first round in the last 10 years, 14 have managed to play at least 14 games. They averaged 35-371-2.6, or #31 TE numbers. (Oddly enough, that's where Brandon Pettigrew finished in 2013.) It usually takes a while for a young tight end to make a fantasy impact, though there has been the occasional exception. Jeremy Shockey (#3 TE in 2002), Heath Miller (#11 in 2005) and Dustin Keller (#14 in 2008) all posted TE1 or fringe-TE1 numbers as rookie first round picks. Cam Cleeland, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and John Carlson all had a TE1-type impact as rookies even though they weren't drafted in the first round. Ebron is an intriguing TE2-type in a potent offense, but he's no shoo-in to make a big fantasy impact in his first season, especially if he’s struggling to catch the ball.

Thursday, July 24, 2014, 12:30pm

Detroit Lions - [Full Article]

Expect to see a lot of two tight end sets by the Lions, which will give them an opportunity to mix things up pre-snap and move pieces around. Ebron can play in-line, in the slot and outside, which will give offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and quarterback Matthew Stafford a lot of options after reading defenses.

Ebron gives Stafford something he hasn’t had from that position in his five years in Detroit. In Ebron, Stafford has a tight end that can take a five-yard pass and turn it into an 80-yard touchdown. He also has a player who can run by defenders down the seam and create mismatches from the tight end position.

Fantasy Impact:

The Lions want Ebron to fill the Jimmy Graham role in new OC Joe Lombardi’s offense, so he should see playing time immediately despite the presence of Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria. Of the 21 tight ends who have been drafted in the first round in the last 10 years, 14 have managed to play at least 14 games. They averaged 35-371-2.6, or #31 TE numbers. (Oddly enough, that's where Brandon Pettigrew finished in 2013.) It usually takes a while for a young tight end to make a fantasy impact, though there has been the occasional exception. Jeremy Shockey (#3 TE in 2002), Heath Miller (#11 in 2005) and Dustin Keller (#14 in 2008) all posted TE1 or fringe-TE1 numbers as rookie first round picks. Cam Cleeland, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and John Carlson all had a TE1-type impact as rookies even though they weren't drafted in the first round. Ebron is an intriguing TE2-type in a potent offense, but he's no shoo-in to make a big fantasy impact in his first season, especially if he’s struggling to learn the offense, which was the case in OTAs.

Thursday, July 3, 2014, 10:56am

ESPN - [Full Article]

It's Cardinals TE John Carlson who's impressed the most during organized team activities and minicamp.

"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."

Fantasy Impact:

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.

Beat: Lions TE Eric Ebron 'far more comfortable' in offense

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 9:57am

MLive.com - [Full Article]

TE Eric Ebron wasn't always sharp during the Detroit Lions' offseason program. He struggled with drops early in OTAs. But by send-off day, he flashed the possibility of what could be.

Ebron appeared to be far more comfortable in the offense during last week's minicamp, and capped it off on the final day by hauling in one remarkable sliding catch with safety Isa Abdul-Quddus draped all over him. It was one of the finest catches of the offseason.

"It's lovely now," Ebron said. "Figuring out the offense. It'll never be 100 percent, but at least knowing what to do, where to lineup, where to be. Now I can do the things that got me here.

"I'm starting to earn a lot more respect. I'm starting to produce a lot more, and I'm starting to get a lot more reps."

Fantasy Impact:

The Lions want Ebron to fill the Jimmy Graham role in new OC Joe Lombardi’s offense, so he should see playing time immediately despite the presence of Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria. Of the 21 tight ends who have been drafted in the first round in the last 10 years, 14 have managed to play at least 14 games. They averaged 35-371-2.6, or #31 TE numbers. (Oddly enough, that's where Brandon Pettigrew finished in 2013.) It usually takes a while for a young tight end to make a fantasy impact, though there has been the occasional exception. Jeremy Shockey (#3 TE in 2002), Heath Miller (#11 in 2005) and Dustin Keller (#14 in 2008) all posted TE1 or fringe-TE1 numbers as rookie first round picks. Cam Cleeland, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and John Carlson all had a TE1-type impact as rookies even though they weren't drafted in the first round. Ebron is an intriguing TE2-type in a potent offense, but he's no shoo-in to make a big fantasy impact in his first season, especially if he’s struggling to learn the offense.

Beat: Cardinals TE John Carlson 'looks very, very good'

Friday, June 13, 2014, 5:53pm

Arizona Cardinals - [Full Article]

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.

Fantasy Impact:

Carlson was great down the stretch filling in for Kyle Rudolph. He could beat out Rob Housler to start for the Cardinals, but the tight end position doesn't play a huge role in Bruce Arians' offense.

Troy Niklas (hand) questionable for the start of camp

Friday, June 13, 2014, 11:26am

AZCentral.com - [Full Article]

Cardinals Troy Niklas, the second-round pick, is questionable for the start of training camp after suffering a broken right hand last week.

Fantasy Impact:

If Niklas isn't healthy by the start of camp, he's going to have a tough time usurping Rob Housler and John Carlson at the top of the depth chart.

Eric Ebron has 'rough indoctrination' to the NFL

Thursday, June 12, 2014, 5:12pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The player of the final day of Lions minicamp might have been TE Joseph Fauria. The tight end caught multiple touchdown passes in team drills and used his size well in the red zone. Some of the touchdowns were over undrafted free agents, but he needed to have a good camp and he did that.

Conversely, Eric Ebron had what seemed to be a rough indoctrination to the NFL. He struggled with dropped passes throughout OTAs and mandatory minicamp, including two drops on the final day of practice. Drops were an issue for him at North Carolina, so to see him continue this trend during his first few weeks as a professional should be at least a little bit concerning to the Lions. That said, it is still early and he is clearly still learning everything, so it could be an issue of just overthinking on routes and not letting instincts take over. This will be a situation worth monitoring during training camp.

Fantasy Impact:

Of the 21 tight ends who have been drafted in the first round in the last 10 years, 14 have managed to play at least 14 games. They averaged 35-371-2.6, or #31 TE numbers. (Oddly enough, that's where Brandon Pettigrew finished in 2013.) It usually takes a while for a young tight end to make a fantasy impact, though there has been the occasional exception. Jeremy Shockey (#3 TE in 2002), Heath Miller (#11 in 2005) and Dustin Keller (#14 in 2008) all posted TE1 or fringe-TE1 numbers as rookie first round picks. Cam Cleeland, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and John Carlson all had a TE1-type impact as rookies even though they weren't drafted in the first round. Ebron is an intriguing TE2-type in a potent offense, but he's no shoo-in to make a big fantasy impact in his first season, especially if he’s struggling to learn the offense.

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