Cary Angeline could solve Arizona Cardinals tight end issue
With just six selections to work with during last month’s draft, the Arizona Cardinals were going to be hard-pressed to fill all of their roster holes. When all was said and done, issues with several positions still remained for the club’s front office. One spot in particular appears to be a glaring weakness at the moment for the 2021 Cardinals.
An argument can be made that Arizona has the most unimpressive group of tight ends in the National Football League. The lack of attention that the organization has paid to the problem is an indication that general manager Steve Keim and his cohorts are not concerned. However, the Cards did add an undrafted free agent back on May 1st who could bring the pass-catching aspect back to the tight end position that the team so desperately needs.
Cary Angeline, a youngster out of North Carolina State University, could turn out to be a pleasant surprise for the Cardinals this coming fall. Last season, the 6’6, 250 pound senior appeared in 11 games for the Wolfpack, tallying 27 receptions, 412 receiving yards and six touchdowns. The athletic Angeline averaged an impressive 15.3 yards per catch during the campaign.
As a junior in 2019, Angeline hauled in 25 passes for 379 yards and five scores for the school. His average yards per reception (15.2) during that season was also outstanding. During the six contests he dressed for as a sophomore in 2018, Angeline registered nine catches,169 receiving yards and a touchdown, averaging an eye-popping 18.8 yards on the limited amount of balls he caught.
Angeline joins a contingent of Arizona tight ends that already includes Maxx Williams, Darrell Daniels and Ian Bunting. Williams, who totaled just eight receptions for 102 yards and a score in 2020, is projected to be the squad’s opening-day starter. Daniels is a veteran of four professional campaigns, and Bunting has yet to play a down in the league.
The Cardinals will certainly take a long and hard look at the talented Angeline during this summer’s training camp. With any luck, the 23-year old will be the dynamic tight end that is currently missing from the “Air Raid” offense.