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John Carlson | Tight End

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/12/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 248
College: Notre Dame
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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. Sep 14 - 4:36 PM

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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.
Sep 9 - 2:09 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.
Aug 3 - 9:04 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.
Jul 3 - 6:11 PM

Cardinals signed TE John Carlson to a two-year, $4.65 million contract.

Concussion-plagued Carlson finished the 2013 season with 32 catches for 344 yards and one touchdown, appearing in 13 games with eight starts for Minnesota. He turns 30 in May. Although Carlson has never been an effective blocker or overly productive pass catcher in the NFL, teams seem to always hold him in high regard. His addition isn't good news for Rob Housler. As tight ends have never been a big part of Cardinals coach Bruce Arians' vertical passing offense, Carlson landing in Arizona has little or no expected fantasy impact.
Mar 7 - 4:03 PM

FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports the Jets and Packers are interested in free agent John Carlson, in addition to the Cardinals.

The New York Daily News recently opined that Carlson could be a fit for Gang Green. He'd also make sense for the Packers, who aren't expected to re-sign Jermichael Finley. Carlson visited the Cardinals on Thursday.
Mar 6 - 5:00 PM

Free agent John Carlson is visiting the Cardinals on Thursday.

It's a vote of no confidence in Rob Housler, though Carlson's concussion history means he'll be viewed more as a bonus than bedrock wherever he signs. Carlson is more of a receiver than a blocker, so he'd be a bit of an odd fit for coach Bruce Arians, who prefers for his tight ends to be exceptional blockers.
Mar 6 - 1:51 PM

The New York Daily News suggests free agent TE John Carlson as a fit with the Jets.

The Jets depth chart at tight end currently reads Zach Sudfeld, Konrad Reuland, Chris Pantale, Colin Anderson. Carlson has a connection as GM John Idzik was in Seattle when the Seahawks drafted him 38th overall in 2008. Entering his age-30 season with serious concussion concerns, Carlson won't be expensive.
Mar 6 - 12:29 PM

Vikings released TE John Carlson.

The Vikes are admitting their mistake on one of the worst free agent deals of the post-lockout era, cutting Carlson after just two seasons of a five-year, $25 million pact. The move frees up $2 million in cap space. Carlson caught 40 passes in 27 games as a Viking, and saw his 2013 cut short by the third-known concussion of his pro career. Carlson briefly considered retirement, but plans to play in 2014. He turns 30 in May.
Mar 4 - 4:19 PM

Vikings TE John Carlson plans to return in 2014.

Carlson was considering retirement after suffering his third known NFL concussion last season. "It’s a serious thing, but I’m not ready to be done," Carlson confirmed. Due $3.9 million in 2014, Carlson will return as the No. 2 tight end behind Kyle Rudolph.
Feb 15 - 8:01 PM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman said he hasn't heard from TE John Carlson on whether he's made a decision to return for the 2014 season.

Carlson suffered his third known NFL concussion this past season and is considering retirement. He appeared in 13 games (eight starts) before being placed on injured reserve, finishing with 32 catches, 344 yards, and one touchdown. Carlson is set to make $3.9 million if he decides to play in 2014 and would return as the No. 2 tight end behind Kyle Rudolph.
Feb 14 - 6:39 PM

Vikings placed TE John Carlson on injured reserve with a concussion, ending his season.

Carlson suffered his third known NFL concussion in Week 14 and will be shut down for the season. He took on an expanded role in the second-half with Kyle Rudolph (foot, I.R.) sidelined, making eight starts and finishing with 32 catches, 344 yards, and one touchdown. Carlson is believed to be considering retirement due to his lengthy concussion history. He's currently signed through 2016.
Sat, Dec 21, 2013 02:16:00 PM

John Carlson (concussion) is listed as doubtful for Week 16.

Carlson won't play against the Bengals and is considering retirement.
Fri, Dec 20, 2013 02:35:00 PM

John Carlson said he and his wife will discuss his lengthy concussion history after the season, and retirement might be an option.

Two weeks ago in Baltimore, Carlson suffered his third known NFL concussion. He had two more documented while at Notre Dame. Carlson indicated there have been others. "It's a serious issue and it's not something that I'm ignoring," he said. Carlson had been cleared from his latest concussion on Wednesday, but symptoms resurfaced Thursday. He may be done for the season.
Fri, Dec 20, 2013 09:01:00 AM

John Carlson was held out of Thursday's practice after his concussion symptoms resurfaced.

It's troubling news for a player with a lengthy concussion history. Carlson is almost certainly going to sit out against the Bengals, and is quite likely done for the season. Rhett Ellison and Chase Ford are next up on the depth chart.
Thu, Dec 19, 2013 04:30:00 PM

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