Arizona Cardinals: The case of the missing tight ends
Arizona Cardinals tight ends have been very quiet over the first three weeks of the season
When Arizona Cardinals training camp started, it seemed that they were overloaded with talent at the tight end position. They had six players that had a legitimate shot at making the 53-man roster.
When the time came to put together the 53-man roster, the Cardinals broke camp with three tight ends on the 53-man and another two on the practice squad. Now they have still have three tight ends on the 53-man and one tight end on the practice squad. However the landscape has changed.
Troy Niklas has been put on injured reserve due to a wrist injury. He was replaced this week by Ifeyani Momah. It will be the first time Momah has been on the regular season roster.
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Missing in action over the first three weeks however has been Darren Fells and Jermaine Gresham. Between the two of them they have a grand total of 10 receptions over three games. We don’t do math here often but we make an exception here. That is just north of three receptions per game out of the tight end position.
Maybe that changes with the addition of Momah? The Cardinals will always look for their tight ends to be able to block first, then be a receiver afterwards. The Cardinals though could use the tight end to help balance things out on the offense.
I’ve said it before and will say it again. Jermaine Gresham needs to play like a top tight end. Fells has seemed to regress a little. The movement can’t be be design. When they are on, they are on.
Right now though the lights are off for the tight end group. Adding Momah to the roster may be just the thing the Cardinals need. We’ll see what happens this week.