2013 Preview: Arizona Cardinals Tight Ends


Oct 21, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Arizona Cardinals tight end Rob Housler (84) catches a pass for 8 yards against the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter at the Metrodome. The Vikings win 21-14. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

As we head into this week’s NFL Scouting Combine, teams are preparing for April’s 2013 NFL Draft.  The Arizona Cardinals have needs in several areas and some others they are doing alright in.  However, we are going to take a look at a position by position look at the Cardinals and see what lies ahead for 2013 and what the needs are, if any.  Here is a look at the Cardinals tight end situation.

The Cardinals have had some depth, at least on paper, at the tight end position over the past two seasons.  Production at the tight end position is a completely different story.  With the arrival of Todd Heap in 2011, it was thought along with the drafting of Rob Housler and pick up of Jeff King in free agency, the Cards would have one of the best tight end units in the NFL.  Not so much.

Heap spent more time injured than he played.  After two injury-filled seasons, he was released.  King has been inconsistent and so has Housler.  Now, that’s not all on those guys.  The quarterback position is partly to blame for this situation.  Housler is entering his third season.  I am expecting him to be used more often in Bruce Arians‘ offense. I would expect this to be a position though looked at either in the draft or in free agency.

Star/Perennial Pro-Bowler:  None

Solid/Serviceable: Rob Housler

On the bubble: Jeff King, Jim Dray

Outta here: Kory Sperry