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Rob Housler | Tight End

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/17/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 250
College: Florida Atlantic
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Rob Housler did not have a catch on one target in Sunday's preseason game against the Bengals.
Tight ends are not featured pass-catchers in a Bruce Arians offense and Housler is a poor blocker. So it should surprise no one that he has just one catch for 38 yards this preseason and is tumbling down the depth chart. Aug 24 - 11:08 PM

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Cardinals TE Rob Housler recorded a 38-yard catch-and-run against the Texans Saturday night.

Believed to be as low as No. 3 on the tight end depth chart, Housler surprisingly started against the Texans, running almost exclusively with the first team. Housler is easily the Cardinals' best receiving tight end, but his skills are criminally underused in coach Bruce Arians' offense. Housler's fantasy upside will remained limited as long as he is in Arizona.
Aug 9 - 11:08 PM

ESPN Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss believes Rob Housler is "sitting at No. 4 right now" on Arizona's tight end depth chart, behind John Carlson, Jake Ballard, and rookie Troy Niklas.

"He's just not the type of tight end head coach Bruce Arians prefers," Weinfuss writes. The Cardinals' website seems to agree, also projecting Carlson and Ballard ahead of Housler. Once Niklas (hand surgery) gets healthy, it will be interesting to see whether Housler goes on the trade block. The Patriots, Giants, Packers, and Falcons could all use an athletic, catch-first tight end.
Jul 13 - 2:59 PM

The Cardinals' website projects John Carlson and Jake Ballard as Arizona's top two tight ends to open the season.

Beat writer Darren Urban acknowledges Rob Housler "still has a chance to work his way into the lineup," but injured rookie Troy Niklas (broken hand) "is far behind right now." Coach Bruce Arians prefers his tight ends to be strong blockers. If the depth chart holds and Niklas gets healthy in training camp, we wouldn't be shocked if Housler were floated in trade offers by the Cards.
Jun 29 - 1:28 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says contract-year TE Rob Housler has had a "fantastic" offseason.

We're a bit skeptical about this coachspeak, particularly after the Cardinals' own website recently placed Housler on the roster bubble. A catch-first tight end, Housler's skill set has always been a tough schematic fit under Arians, who prefers his tight ends to block. After Arizona drafted Troy Niklas in the second round, it's conceivable Housler will go on the trade block late in camp. The 26-year-old would be a better fantasy prospect on a more tight end-friendly team.
Jun 6 - 3:23 PM

The Cardinals' website believes fourth-year TE Rob Housler will have to "work hard" to stay high on the 2014 depth chart.

The Cards' site isn't suggesting Housler has work ethic issues. He's simply not a fit for Bruce Arians' offense, which utilizes tight ends primarily to block. Arizona drafted Troy Niklas in the second round, signed John Carlson, and re-signed Jake Ballard. Housler, 26, could go on the trade block late in training camp. He'll never realize his pass-catching upside under Arians.
May 23 - 4:37 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians made it clear at the Combine that he prefers blocking to pass-catching tight ends.

Arians is different from much of the rest of the NFL in this way. He believes Heath Miller is the best tight end in football. "Tight ends for me block first, catch second," stated Arians. As much as we like Rob Housler's athletic skill set, he's not going to have an opportunity to break out statistically until he leaves Arizona. Housler is entering his contract year in 2014. He's still only 26.
Feb 21 - 12:53 PM

The Cardinals' website considers 2014 a "make or break year" for TE Rob Housler.

It very much is, seeing as Housler is entering the final year of his rookie contract. Still a deficient blocker and prone to injury, Housler has been a constant on weekly injury reports and missed three games in 2013, finishing with a 39-454-1 receiving line. Housler's biggest fantasy obstacle remains Cardinals coach Bruce Arians' offense, which has never produced big tight end numbers.
Feb 10 - 3:07 PM

Rob Housler caught five passes for a season-high 78 yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the 49ers.

Housler's day got off to a bad start as he dropped a pass in the end zone early. But after that he did what many expected he would do all year -- make athletic, tough catches as a true "move" tight end. Housler's breakout didn't happen this year though, as he finishes with 39 catches for 454 yards and just one touchdown. You can see the playmaking talent, but he had every opportunity this year and it didn't happen. Housler will be a TE2 as he enters the final year of his rookie contract in 2014.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 09:21:00 PM

Rob Housler (groin) is listed as probable for Week 17.

Housler will continue to play through his groin injury despite missing practice time this week. He's a low-end TE2 for Sunday's game against the 49ers.
Fri, Dec 27, 2013 07:06:00 PM

Rob Housler (groin) was limited in Cardinals practice Wednesday.

Housler played through the injury in Week 16 and was held catch-less by Seattle. He's a role player entering the Week 17 finale versus San Francisco.
Wed, Dec 25, 2013 08:11:00 PM

Rob Housler did not catch a pass in Sunday's Week 16 win at Seattle.

Housler's groin didn't appear to be a major issue, but Carson Palmer was a disaster. He barely went through one progression on his drops, let alone the third or fourth read where Housler is. The pass-catching tight end is stuck on 34 catches and one touchdown in his disappointing third season.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 07:53:00 PM

Rob Housler (groin) practiced again on Friday.

Housler is on track for low-end TE2 value Sunday at Seattle.
Fri, Dec 20, 2013 01:27:00 PM

Rob Housler (groin) returned to Cardinals practice Thursday, getting in a limited session.

It's Housler's first practice in two weeks. How he bounces back on Friday will be key, but he's now on track to start Sunday's game against the Seahawks. Housler won't be more than a low-end TE2 against Seattle's suffocating pass defense.
Thu, Dec 19, 2013 02:00:00 PM

Rob Housler (groin) did not practice Wednesday.

Housler didn't practice at all last week before being inactive against the Titans. If he can't go against the Seahawks, Jim Dray and Jake Ballard will fill in.
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 02:39:00 PM