With the growing trend of two tight end sets, John Carlson is a valuable commodity to book end with second year Pro-Bowler Kyle Rudolph.
Carlson was drafted by the Seahawks in the second round (38th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft and spent four years in Seattle before signing a five-year, $25 million contract with the Vikings in 2012.
Carlson suffered a Grade 2 sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee, resulting in him missing the entire preseason at a time he needed all the reps he could get in a new offense.
He spent the rest of the year fighting of a concussion and various injuries. But in 2013, Carlson has something to prove and wants to be a part of the two headed monster the Vikings had envisioned along with Rudolph.
“I don’t have an answer for you. If I knew, I would have tried … I did try to rectify the situation,” Carlson said, via Bob Sansevere of the Pioneer Press. “It never came together. Missing that time in camp wasn’t good because they didn’t get a feel for what I’m capable of doing. And I didn’t get a feel for the offense and the way Christian (Ponder) throws the ball, and how to run-block. It was a debacle. I’m thankful to be out here and be healthy and have another opportunity.”