Cardinals’ tight end Rob Housler is still considered day to day with a sprained
right ankle, according to ESPN.com's Josh Weinfuss. Housler missed Wednesday’s team
practice due to his ailment, but spent time on the stationary bike while his
teammates practiced inside. New head coach Bruce Arians has frequently used
two-tight end sets on offense in the past, so he will likely play it safe with
Housler right up until Arizona’s game this weekend.
versatility makes him an attractive option to play more of a “joker” tight end
role where he would get moved around a lot, at times lining up in the
backfield, split out wide, or in the slot. It is this versatility that will
keep him on the field with the offense. Unfortunately, that also makes his
health that much more of an issue, meaning coaches will probably take the “precautionary”
likely figures into Bruce Arians’ long-term plans at the tight end position. He
has tremendous upside because of his ability to create separation over the
middle and also block in-line for the run game. Plus he is still on his rookie
contract meaning he is very affordable. It is unknown at this time exactly how
the Cardinals’ coaching staff feels about the rest of the players in Arizona’s
tight end group, but Housler seems to be drawing solid reviews.
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