The Arizona Cardinals may not use them much but they have a small core of tight ends nonetheless
When Bruce Arians was the head coach, the Arizona Cardinals didn’t use the tight end much. When Steve Wilks came in, it didn’t get much better, in fact they kept a fullback on the roster in lieu of a tight end spot.
Now it’s Kliff Kingsbury‘s show and though there will be two tight ends on the roster, just how much they will be used will remain to be seen.
They had five tight ends in training camp but in the end the Cardinals kept just two tight ends on the 53-man roster. Neither of them were on the 2018 roster.
Clay comes over from the Buffalo Bills. He had just 21 receptions and no touchdowns last season with the Bills, where he spent the last four years. He started his career with the Miami Dolphins, where he played four seasons as well.
His best season professionally was in 2013. That season with the Dolphins he caught 69 passes and had six touchdowns.
Clay has good hands and can look like a receiver at times. However we aren’t sure that will be how Kingsbury will use him. He will likely be more of a blocker.
Williams is another good blocking tight end. He comes over to the Cardinals after four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens.
His best season was his rookie season in 2015 when he caught 32 passes. Williams is 6’4 252 lbs, so he should be able to move some guys around and help open lanes for running backs.
Make no mistake though, these guys will do the dirty work and will likely be rewarded at times for that. Even these guys are weapons at the disposal of quarterback Kyler Murray.