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(4): Rob Housler, Jeff King, Jim Dray, D.C. Jefferson
Analysis: Third-year tight end Rob Housler is in need of a big statistical season. Without adequate quarterback play his first two seasons, he has been underutilized and has underperformed.
There is no excuse this season.
He and Jeff King will be on the field a lot together, as Arians uses multiple tight-end sets on the regular. Housler will serve as the down-the-middle deep threat who can be moved all over the field before the snap, while King is an above-average blocker with underrated receiving skills.
Jim Dray doesn’t have much on-field experience despite his three years of NFL service. The former seventh-round pick out of Stanford could be moved down the depth chart depending on rookie D.C. Jefferson’s early development.
This April’s seventh-round pick, Jefferson is a former quarterback with minimal tight end experience. He has some potential, but the Cardinals could choose to bring him along slowly rather than put him right into the fire.