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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 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. Oct 26 - 8:29 PM

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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.
Oct 19 - 7:37 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.
Oct 17 - 6:00 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.
Oct 12 - 8:51 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.
Oct 5 - 8:24 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.
Sep 21 - 8:21 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.
Sep 14 - 4:36 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.
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.
Source: ESPN.com
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.
Source: ESPN.com
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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Carson Palmer
2Drew Stanton
3Logan Thomas
RB1Andre Ellington
2Stepfan Taylor
3Marion Grice
GLB1Stepfan Taylor
2Andre Ellington
3RB1Andre Ellington
2Stepfan Taylor
FB1Robert Hughes
WR11Michael Floyd
2John Brown
3Solomon Patton
WR21Larry Fitzgerald
2Ted Ginn
3Jaron Brown
WR31John Brown
TE1John Carlson
2Troy Niklas
3Rob Housler
4Darren Fells
K1Chandler Catanzaro