The Cardinals have never been ones to focus on the tight end in their offense, but times are changing. The tight end has become a focal point of offenses all across the league and the Cardinals no longer have quite the outside wide receiver talent that they had in years past when they had Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin in their primes. They used a 3rd round pick on a tight end, Rob Housler, in 2011 and he played sparingly as a rookie behind two veterans Todd Heap and Jeff King, but according to the Arizona Republic, the Cardinals will be focusing more on the tight end in their offense in 2012.
They also said that Housler would likely open the season as the 1st string tight end, but that they would use a lot of two-tight end sets with either one of the two veterans, Todd Heap and Jeff King. Housler rarely came off the field in OTAs and minicamp and even Larry Fitzgerald says that the “tight ends are probably their strongest position on the field.”
Even if that’s not true, Housler would figure to be involved quite a bit in the offense this season, but with inconsistencies at quarterback and still good depth at wide receiver with Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, Early Doucet, and Andre Roberts, as well as their depth at tight end, I don’t think Housler is worth owning in fantasy leagues. However, he’s a name to know. He’s a fantastic athlete with 4.4-4.5 speed at 6-5 248.