Former Cardinals TE Rob Housler Signs With Cleveland Browns
By Scott Allen
A change in scenery may have been in order for the fifth-year tight end
After his tour of Ohio’s NFL teams, tight end Rob Housler has left the Arizona Cardinals and joined the Cleveland Browns. Housler caught just nine passes for 129 yards in 2014 for the Cardinals.
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It was that lack of production that made Housler’s time short in Arizona. He caught 105 passes for 1,133 yards in his four seasons in Arizona. The troubling number for most fans though was his lack of touchdowns. He only scored one touchdown in his four seasons and that didn’t come until the 2013 season, his third in the NFL.
What many Cardinals fans will remember about Housler are all the dropped passes. His best season for the Cardinals was in 2013 with 39 receptions for 454 yards. Of those 39 receptions, 22 of them were for first downs.
However back in 2014, he went back to his old ways and didn’t really get involved in the offense. He was targeted just 17 times in 15 games played last season.
Now he joins the Cleveland Browns. They lost tight end Jordan Cameron to the Miami Dolphins, so they had a void at tight end. Now the top two tight ends on the Browns roster are former Cardinals. The Browns also have Jim Dray on the tight end depth chart.
Housler is known for his speed, something of a rarity at tight end but speed unfortunately didn’t translate into production. Speed counts but you have to be able to catch the ball and block as well. Hopefully a change of scenery will do Housler well.
Housler took a tour of a few AFC teams. Before signing with the Browns, Housler met with the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals. A week ago it appeared the Ravens would end up being his destination.