Arizona Cardinals Look Better With Dray At Tight End
By Scott Allen
Oct 6, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals tight end Jim Dray (81) is congratulated by center Lyle Sendlein (63) after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports
The Arizona Cardinals need to decide in which direction they want to go with the tight end position. Supposedly the guy was going to be Rob Housler. He’s been somewhat of a disappointment to be honest. After the first five weeks, of which he’s been active in three, he only has two receptions for 36 yards.
Now on the flip side, there has been a nice surprise at tight end. Jim Dray, not expected to make a huge impact when drafted three years ago out of Stanford. He was going to be the third tight end at best. Now he must be considered the number one tight end. Housler just isn’t cutting it.
Housler, in his third season in the NFL, has yet to score a touchdown….for his entire career. Dray beat him to the punch, scoring his first touchdown in the fourth quarter of the victory over the Carolina Panthers 22-6 this past Sunday. Of course, that’s not to say Housler hasn’t had his chances.
For awhile the past couple of seasons I thought it was a young guy just trying to feel his way through and get used to the NFL. However he has a new system and hasn’t picked that up either it would seem. He drops passes and runs incorrect routes. When the ball has been on the money, he’s yet to be. I’m not giving up on him yet but I think his time will run short in Arizona unless his production picks it up here in short order.