Last season, Arizona Cardinals tight ends accounted for just over 20 percent of Carson Palmer’s completions, almost 18 percent of his yards and just under 21 percent of his touchdown passes. All three of those numbers ranked in the bottom third of the NFL.
That is why general manager Steve Keim signed oft-injured tight end John Carlson this offseason. It’s also why he selected former Notre Dame tight end Troy Niklas in Round 2 of the 2014 NFL draft.
Carlson and Niklas are two pieces to Arizona’s tight end puzzle that many have high hopes for, and rightfully so.
When healthy throughout his six-year career, Carlson has been a solid inline blocker and a threat down the seam. Niklas could have the best upside of all rookie tight ends this season, and despite a hernia and a broken hand that kept him out of OTAs and minicamp, he could fight for plenty of early playing time this season.
We continue breaking down the Cardinals roster by position. Shall we take a look-see at Arizona’s group of tight ends? You know we shall, so let’s hop to it.
Cardinals Trivia: Who is the only tight end in NFL history to have at least 50 receptions and 1,000 yards while averaging at least 20.0 yards per catch in a single season?