Jake Ballard’s retirement opens door for Tight Ends

( At the young age of 26, Jake Ballard has announced that he’s hanging up the cleats and  retiring from the NFL.  The announcement came as quite the surprise, as the Cardinals had only  just picked him up back in November.  Coach Arians had planned on utilizing the veteran’s strengths, with a full season in the Cardinals system.  Unfortunately, its no...
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August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Twitter Tuesday: Arizona Cardinals Release First Depth Chart

The Cardinals released their first depth chart of the season yesterday and it has quite a few surprises on it. The release came from Mark Dalton, Director of Media Relations, via Twitter. Week 1 is here & so are your #HOUvsAZ game notes fresh from the desktop of @AZCardinals Mike Helm — MarkDalton (@CardsMarkD) August 4, 2014 You’ll have to scroll down...
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August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Analyzing the 2011 Draft: Arizona Cardinals

When it comes to grading team’s in the NFL Draft, it takes 3 years to properly asses a team’s success. I previously graded the St. Louis Rams draft. That article can be found here: Up next is the Arizona Cardinals. Heading into 2011, the Cardinals were a team rebuilding. After a nice run in the mid 2000′s...
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August 03, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Football: 3 Arizona Cardinals to Avoid

As the 2014 fantasy season approaches, it's time to look at the three Arizona Cardinals who you should avoid when your fantasy drafts roll around. These aren't going to be the "sexy names", but these are players who simply shouldn't grace your teams roster this season.Carson Palmer- QuarterbackMany will try to vouch for Carson Palmer as a back-up quarterback...
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July 20, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Eyeing Cardinals TE Rob Housler

( The Arizona Cardinals will begin their 2014 training camp, with four tight ends on their roster. However,  they’ll need to make a decision soon, on who to keep and who to release. Even if Arizona opts to carry four tight-ends on their 53 man roster, the future of Tight End Rob Housler and his up and down career with the Cardinals is uncertain. Of course we’ll...
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July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona Cardinals Training Camp Preview: Tight Ends

The Arizona Cardinals are going to have some tough decisions to make at the tight end position for this coming season and it is going to be a battle to watch as training camp unfolds. Rob Housler and Jake Ballard are the only two players back on the team after last season. Housler still has one season left on his contract while Ballard re-signed in free agency. The Cardinals added...
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July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Cardinals, Jets, Patriots, & Ravens

  Cardinals John Weinfuss of believes Rob Housler is currently the Cardinals No. 4 tight end on their roster behind John Carlson, Jake Ballard and rookie Troy Niklas. Weinfuss expects the Cardinals to keep four tight ends on their 53-man roster, but adds that Housler will still need to prove his worth this summer. Housler doesn’t fit the block-first type of tight...
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July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals TE Rob Housler is not bewildered by competition

(Courtesy of The Arizona Cardinals have had a terrific offseason between the NFL Draft and signing a plethora of free agents at positions of need, especially at tight end. Rob Housler never quite meshed in with head coach Bruce Arians offensive scheme, even though he had a career best 454 receiving yards and had his first career touchdown reception this past...
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June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 10 Arizona Cardinals Training Camp Questions

The Arizona Cardinals announced its 2014 training camp schedule on Tuesday, which includes 18 practices that are open to the public between July 26 and Aug. 22. All practices will be held at University of Phoenix Stadium (I miss Flagstaff) and admission and parking will be free. Here is a quick list of the top storylines heading into training camp: 1.       Is the defense primed...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona Cardinals: Why Rob Housler should be nervous

Of all the Arizona Cardinals veterans, none are on a hotter seat than fourth year tight end Rob Housler. If he isn’t already on the lower end of the totem pole, he really should be. This scene hasn’t occurred enough in Arizona. (photo credit: Kelvin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports) He’s flashed potential, don’t get me wrong. It looked to be trending upward for him in 2012, after...
June 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals rookie Troy Niklas out until training camp

(Courtesy of The Arizona Cardinals have a plethora of tight ends that includes Rob Housler, Jake Ballard, John Carlson and now Troy Niklas. Even with the depth, an injury in OTAs usually effects player growth, especially in rookies. The Cardinals 2014 second-round draft pick Troy Niklas has suffered multiple setbacks on his path to the NFL as he missed early...
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Not a shocker: No Arizona Cardinals tight end named top-10 in the NFL

Typically speaking, sports fans tend to worry about two things – the past and the future. They’ll debate who was the greatest player of all-time, while also spending hours discussing whether or not a rookie is going to be develop into an All-Pro. Both are fun exercises, things that keep fans engaged and the beer flowing at the local tavern. But they miss out on what is most important...
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May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Could Rob Housler be on the move?

Arizona Cardinal tight end Rob Housler might not be a part of the bird gang anymore. With the signings of Jake Ballard, John Carlson and the second-round pick of Troy Niklas, there are too many players at the position. There also isn’t enough passing offense to go around and someone has to be the odd man out. In a Chris Wesseling piece on, he listed Housler as a top summertime...
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May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Cardinals, Eagles, Lions, Super Bowl LII

  Super Bowl LII Bid The Vikings, Saints and Colts are presenting their bids for right to host Super Bowl LII on Tuesday, per Brian McCarthy. The teams will be presenting in that order and will have 15 minutes to discuss their plans for the event. Each team will also be allowed to make brief closing remarks. Cardinals Josh Weinfuss of provides a number of interesting...
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May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 10 Worst Arizona Cardinals Draft Busts (Series 10 of 10)

Well it has been a fun and interesting journey as we took a trip down memory lane, and revealed the worst draft day decisions that the Arizona Cardinals have made in recent years. Now we have reached the end of our series and will discover the worst draft pick of them all.  Before we unveil the worst draft bust of them all, we as always must review those of whom we have chronicled...
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May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona Cardinals 10-yard sprint

This is a new feature for Fridays taking a look at some quick hits on what else has been making news with the Cardinals in the last week. That said, let’s take our first sprint and give analysis on what’s happening. 1. The Arizona Cardinals reportedly held a meeting with former Minnesota tight end John Carlson yesterday, according to multiple sources. Carlson was released by...
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March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Worst TE Pick…ever

This is going to be a tough one since there are so many choices. Arizona does a terrible job at drafting tight ends and has never found a dominant play maker like a Rob Gronkowski or a Jimmy Graham. Instead the Cardinals get duds like DC Jefferson who didn’t record a catch in four games and was released by the team last November. Rob Housler scored his first touchdown last season…in...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals best team pick: Tight end

As we continue our series on the best and worst draft picks in Arizona Cardinals history there was bound to be a position or two that stood out. When I researched the wide receiver position I was surprised by how well the Cardinals have done finding successful wide receivers through the draft. Tight ends on the other hand leave a lot to be desired. The Cardinals have not had a single...
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona Cardinals need a tight end

The Arizona Cardinals need tight ends badly. The situation on the roster is rather dire at best. Rob Housler is the only tight end under contract for 2014. Jake Ballard, Jim Dray, Jeff King and Kory Sperry are all free agents in one fashion or another when March hits. Housler has been inadequate in his three seasons in Arizona with 96 receptions for 1004 yards and one touchdown in...
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February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Which Top 10 tight end could help Arizona?

We have released our list of the top 10 free agent to be tight ends and the Arizona Cardinals would certainly be in the market for one of them. Or any of them. The Cardinals have been perennially weak at the tight end position and could use an upgrade in the worst way. Jimmy Graham would help Arizona…and 30 other teams but the kind of money needed to lure him away from the New...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Five Cardinals who will lose their starting jobs.

AP Photo/G. Newman Lowrance With every offseason comes change. Players come and players go. Every team evaluates the talent they have in an attempt to make them the talent they had, in exchange for roster spots to be filled by rookies, free agents, or to give players you already have the opportunity to help the team. Some players are cut, some are demoted. All in the name of improving...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 5 free agents Arizona needs to re-sign

The Arizona Cardinals have more than a dozen free agents set to hit the market in a few weeks. Let’s take a look at the five they need to retain the most. 5. Alameda Ta’Amu Defensive Lineman Ta’Amu was a solid contributor in relief of nose tackle Dan Williams. Ta’Amu was able to plug holes and played his role as a backup nose rather well. A torn ACL in the season finale with...
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February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals Notes: Darnell Dockett, Rob Housler, Free Agency

Darren Urban of breaks down the Cardinals top needs as they head into the offseason.   Darnell Dockett Urban lists defensive line as the Cardinals No. 2 area of need and specifically mentions that DE Darnell Dockett’s age and contract “will likely call into question his future after 2014.“ Dockett, 32, has two years remaining on his contract and he’ll make ...
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February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Marcus’ Arizona Cardinals 2014 Mock Draft 1.0

It’s that time of year again.  The college football season is over minus a few all star games like the Senior Bowl and the East-West Shrine Game, the NFL season is almost over with only three games to play (I don’t count the Pro Bowl as a “game”). By that “time of the year”, I mean that the NFL Draft preparation is in full swing.  Between now and May, thousands of mock...
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January 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals season review: Tight end

Over the next several weeks, FOX Sports Arizona will conduct a position-by-position analysis of the Arizona Cardinals, examining their personnel's strengths and weaknesses, the team's free agents at that position and the team's draft or free-agent needs. STARTERS Rob Housler, Jim Dray Housler continued to tantalize and torture. He made some terrific catches this season...
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January 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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