Dec. 16, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy (54) tackles Arizona Cardinals tight end Rob Housler (84) at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Lions 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Rob Housler: Can He Help the Arizona Cardinals?

The Arizona Cardinals aren’t known for having good tight ends, but Rob Housler is far from bad.

Housler ran a 4.55 40-yard dash, and he’s a tight end who can catch deep passes with his speed. Carson Palmer is a great deep-ball thrower, and he and Housler will work together well. Arizona has lots of depth at wide receiver, so only one tight end is really needed. However, a good tight end always helps, as we know by the “evolution” of the position and the dominance of Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham and other star tight ends.

Yahoo Sports’ Shaun Church predicted Housler’s stats, and he predicted that Housler would average 10.9 yards per catch (YPC) with 47 receptions for 512 yards. Housler caught 45 passes for 417 yards in 2012, but he’s bound to do better with Palmer. Palmer likes to throw the ball deep, and it may take a while for speedy deep threat Ryan Swope to get settled in.

Larry Fitzgerald is obviously a great weapon, but he isn’t fast and will always be guarded by the opponent’s best corner. With so many talented wide receivers, defenses may lose track of Housler, who can make a defense pay with his speed. Using three wide receivers and one receiver would benefit the Cardinals, and it would be reasonable to expect Housler to see the field on most plays and start at tight end.

Arizona has two great fits on the outside (Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd) and two great slot receivers (Swope and Andre Roberts), so it will be hard to give time to everyone. The Cardinals will likely use four receivers on obvious passing downs, but they won’t be missing out on anything with Housler on the field. With his speed, he can easily create mismatches with slower linebackers.

In other words, using three receivers and one tight end would be great for the Cardinals.

Coach Bruce Arians has talked about how he has always liked Housler and how he sees Housler playing a big role in the offense. Palmer used Brandon Myers as a security blanket in Oakland, and Housler could play a similar role. Housler is reliable, as he dropped just three passes in 2012. With Palmer to get him the ball on deep and semi-deep routes, Housler should thrive and finally live up to his enormous potential.

And the result will be a much more successful Cardinals’ offense.

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  • Bill Doerr

    It’s hard to blame Rob Housler and say he has lived up to the hype when you look at what he has had around him at QB. At 6″5 250 Pound’s he has great hand’s, and Top Speed in the NFL for a T.E, I mean he is as fast as any TE in the league , Elite Speed for a man of his size. With Carson Palmer under center you will really see Rob Housler shine this season , I think he will have a career high season. I believe the new coaching staff is really going to work on his blocking with him and we will notice and a sizeable difference this year.
    The Cardinals Whole offense is a very good unit. They Absolutely fleeced the Oakland Raiders in the trade for Palmer, giving up a 6th round pick, and now that we have a great GM who believes in building through the draft what does he do?? Trade back with the charger so they can get Manti and we get a 6th back getting a WR with Elite Speed who easily a 2nd round talent. Wes Welker has concussion issues to comin into the league, and swope is a bigger faster version. They have a stable of very talented RBs every one has starter #1RB Talent, the rookies really put the unit over the top, Taylor is Stanford’s all time leading rusher. Mendenhall and Williams are healthy. The OL issues are fixed they have a good line. You have a good OL with a great very talented group of RBs to get the run game going, We Have Carson Palmer and Back-up Drew Stanton, Its no lie when BA says the QB room is as strong as anybody’s in the NFL, WRs 2012 1st round pick M. Floyd who had 2TDs and 166 rec yards wk17 against SF, he is set for a huge year now that he has a QB, Fitzgerald may very well have a career high year, putting up better stat’s than any WR in the NFL, you also have guys like Robert’s, Swope, Rob Housler. The Cardinals having a winning formula with this offense, the offensive playbook perfectly fits Arizona’s player’s, I wont be surprised if housler has a awesome year and this offense finish’s a Top 10 NFL offense .

    • Baily Deeter

      True. It’s hard to blame Housler for this; I definitely agree. He’s done well considering the circumstances and is poised for a breakout season. Thanks for all of your comments on the site!