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.
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.