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John Carlson | Tight End | #89

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (33) / 5/12/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 248
College: Notre Dame
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 2 (38) / SEA

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Cardinals TE John Carlson is retiring after seven years in the NFL.
One week shy of his 31st birthday, Carlson had one year left on his contract. "After much thought and consideration, my wife Danielle and I know that this is best decision for us," Carlson said in a statement. He did not elaborate on his reasoning, but Carlson has a long and scary history of concussions. It was undoubtedly a factor in hanging up his cleats. Carlson retires with 210 catches for 2,256 yards and 15 touchdowns. He posted a 33/350/1 receiving line last season. The Cardinals have a crater at tight end. Tue, May 5, 2015 01:44:00 PM

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John Carlson (calf) is listed as questionable for Week 17.

Carlson practiced in full the last two days, putting him on track to play. He was targeted three times by Ryan Lindley last week. Carlson will continue to be part of a committee with Darren Fells and Rob Housler.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 06:54:00 PM

John Carlson caught three passes for 25 yards in Sunday's Week 12 loss at Seattle.

Carlson now has three catches in back-to-back games, which is roughly his ceiling. Bruce Arians' offense does not feature the tight end and Drew Stanton is limiting the entire scheme.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 07:51:00 PM

John Carlson caught 3-of-3 targets for 37 yards in Arizona's Week 11 win over the Lions.

Carlson has become a bigger part of the Cardinals' offense in recent weeks, but hasn't topped 40 yards since Week 2. He's not a fantasy consideration, even as a daily-league dart throw.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 08:04:00 PM

John Carlson caught 2-of-8 targets for 19 yards and a touchdown in Arizona's Week 9 win over the Cowboys.

Despite the score, it was a brutally inefficient day for the Cardinals' tight end, who committed no fewer than three drops. He was soaking up targets that would have been better served going to Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd. With half the season now in the books, Carlson is on pace for 36/366/2.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 05:29:00 PM

John Carlson caught two passes for 16 yards in Sunday's Week 8 win over the Eagles.

Carlson had an excellent shot at a touchdown, but a ball he should have secured was ripped out by DeMeco Ryans at the last second. Carlson has just 16 catches through seven games in an offense that does not feature the tight end at all.
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 08:29:00 PM

Cardinals TE John Carlson secured 2-of-4 targets for 20 yards in Sunday's Week 7 loss to the Raiders.

The most notable play "made" by Carlson was a second-quarter deflection that was intercepted by Raiders S Charles Woodson. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians doesn't believe in featuring tight ends in the passing game, instead preferring speedier wide receivers. Thus, Carlson lacks fantasy value.
Sun, Oct 19, 2014 07:37:00 PM

Cardinals TE John Carlson (knee) is questionable for Week 7 against the Raiders.

Carlson practiced on a limited basis the last two days and will likely be a game-time decision. Rob Housler would start if Carlson is held out.
Fri, Oct 17, 2014 06:00:00 PM

Cardinals TE John Carlson secured 4-of-6 targets for 14 yards in Arizona's Week 6 win over Washington.

Carlson had a 13-yard catch on Arizona's first drive, helping to set up Michael Floyd's 20-yard touchdown. Otherwise, it was a quiet game for the Cardinals' starting tight end, managing one yard on his other five targets combined. Carlson plays plenty of snaps, but coach Bruce Arians doesn't actively call plays to get him the ball. He's just barely a fantasy TE2.
Sun, Oct 12, 2014 08:51:00 PM

Cardinals TE John Carlson caught two passes for 19 yards in Sunday's Week 5 loss to the Broncos.

The Bruce Arians offense makes little use of tight ends in the passing game, and Carlson's numbers reflect that on a weekly basis. Although he is technically Arizona's "starter," Carlson holds no fantasy value.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 08:24:00 PM

John Carlson caught 3-of-3 targets for 33 yards in Arizona's Week 3 win over the 49ers.

Carlson now has six catches through three games. As expected, tight end remains a fantasy wasteland in Bruce Arians' offense.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 08:21:00 PM

John Carlson caught two passes for 43 yards on three targets in the Cardinals' Week 2 win over the Giants.

Carlson has four targets through two games. Although he is technically Arizona's starting tight end, Carlson holds no fantasy value in a Bruce Arians offense that schemes the ball to wide receivers and not Carlson's position.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 04:36:00 PM

John Carlson caught one pass for 20 yards in Arizona's Week 1 win over San Diego.

Carlson got the start, but saw just the one target. The Cardinals will employ a three-man committee at tight end between Carlson, Rob Housler, and rookie Troy Niklas. It's a position to avoid in fantasy.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 02:09:00 AM

John Carlson appears to be on top of the depth chart at tight end.

Carlson has consistently gotten the first-team reps ahead of Jake Ballard, Rob Housler and Troy Niklas. It would pique our interest more if he wasn't playing in a Bruce Arians scheme that does not highlight tight ends in the passing game.
Sun, Aug 3, 2014 09:04:00 AM

John Carlson "impressed the most" among the tight ends at Cardinals OTAs.

The Cardinals' website has penciled in Carlson as a starter in two-tight end packages, alongside Jake Ballard and ahead of both Rob Housler and injured rookie Troy Niklas. Carlson drew praise from both Carson Palmer and coach Bruce Arians this spring. "John has done a really, really good job," Arians said. "... He plays full speed all the time and has got outstanding hands. He's not an overwhelming blocker but he's more than adequate." As usual, we'll be avoiding Cardinals tight ends in fantasy football this year.
Thu, Jul 3, 2014 06:11:00 PM

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