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Troy Niklas | Tight End

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (21) / 9/18/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 270
College: Notre Dame
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Cardinals rookie TE Troy Niklas (hand surgery) was medically cleared for the start of training camp.
He recovered on schedule. Niklas' draft position (No. 52 overall) initially seemed to suggest he'd start right away in Arizona, but he broke the hand at OTAs and is now behind Jake Ballard and John Carlson. Even if Niklas climbs the depth chart in camp, he is unlikely to be a re-draft league factor under Bruce Arians. Jul 23 - 9:15 PM

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Cardinals second-round TE Troy Niklas (broken hand) is questionable for the start of training camp.

The word came from coach Bruce Arians on Thursday, after hinting Tuesday he expected Niklas to be ready. Either way, Niklas should be ready for the second or third preseason game. His Week 1 status isn't in doubt. As long as tight end-unfriendly Arians is in Arizona, Niklas will be an unattractive fantasy commodity.
Jun 12 - 2:23 PM

Cardinals second-round TE Troy Niklas suffered a broken hand at OTAs last week and is out until training camp.

Niklas had previously been limited due to recovery from sports-hernia surgery. Coach Bruce Arians remains confident he'll be ready for the start of camp. The top two-way tight end on Arizona's roster, Niklas is expected to play a prominent role on offense right out of the gate. The Niklas injury makes it more likely the Cardinals will hang onto Rob Housler, at least until training camp.
Jun 10 - 3:43 PM

Cardinals second-round TE Troy Niklas is recovering from offseason sports-hernia surgery.

It comes with a 4-6 week recovery timetable. Niklas may be limited some before camp, but he should be 100 percent well before summer. The No. 52 overall pick has a chance to log heavy snaps right out of the gate. Coach Bruce Arians loves tight ends who can block. Niklas was one of the best two-way tight ends available in the draft. He, John Carlson, and Rob Housler will compete for snaps.
May 20 - 3:54 PM

Cardinals signed No. 52 overall pick TE Troy Niklas to a four-year contract.

The latest Notre Dame tight end to reach the NFL, Niklas checks in at a gargantuan 6-foot-6, 270 pounds. A heavy-footed possession receiver who should see the majority of his snaps in an in-line stance, Niklas isn't dissimilar to fellow Irish product Anthony Fasano. Coach Bruce Arians is a big believer in tight ends who can block, and that should be Niklas' primary role in the desert. He doesn't profile as a short- or long-term fantasy asset.
May 15 - 6:35 PM

Cardinals selected Notre Dame TE Troy Niklas with the No. 52 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Niklas (6-foot-6 1/2, 270) is a gargantuan tight end following in the Fighting Irish footsteps of Anthony Fasano, John Carlson, Kyle Rudolph, and Tyler Eifert. He profiles most similarly to Fasano as a heavy-footed possession receiver who'll spend most of his NFL snaps in an in-line stance. Niklas caught 32 passes for 498 yards (15.6 YPR) and five touchdowns in 2013, before recording a 32-inch vertical, 9-foot-6 broad jump, and 27 bench reps in Indy. At the Combine, Bruce Arians discussed the importance of blocking for tight ends in his scheme. An unlikely fantasy contributor, Niklas fits Arians' tight end model better than anyone in this year's class.
May 9 - 8:37 PM

Panthers OC Mike Shula plans to use more "12 personnel" formations this season, with two tight ends and one running back.

It's one way to help mask Carolina's wide receiver deficiency, as the "12" package only utilizes two wideouts. The Panthers signed Ed Dickson to complement Greg Olsen in the short term, but Dickson is a flawed player. We would not be surprised if Carolina targeted tight ends over wide receivers early in May's draft. Notre Dame TE Troy Niklas could be on their radar at No. 60 overall.
Apr 13 - 1:02 PM

The Bills are hosting Notre Dame TE Troy Niklas for a pre-draft visit Tuesday.

Indiana WR Cody Latimer is also in the house at One Bills Drive. Each team is allotted 30 pre-draft visits. WGR 550 Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia considers Niklas to "definitely" be a fit for the Bills and could see the team targeting the tight end with its second-round pick. Niklas tips the scales at 6-foot-6 1/2 and 270 pounds and is arguably the top all-around, complete tight end in the draft.
Apr 1 - 12:11 PM

Notre Dame TE Troy Niklas measured 6-foot-6 1/2 and 270 pounds at Thursday's Combine weigh-in.

Per NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah, there is "buzz building" on Niklas as NFL teams have been able to study him more. Niklas was a bit of a surprise early entrant into the draft, but is regarded as one of this year's few "complete" tight ends, whereas the likes of Eric Ebron are "move" prospects. Notre Dame has become a hotbed for pro tight ends, from John Carlson to Kyle Rudolph to 2013 first-round pick Tyler Eifert, and now plus-sized Niklas.
Feb 20 - 3:42 PM

Notre Dame junior TE Troy Niklas will forego his final season of eligibility and enter the NFL draft.

A Mackey Award semifinalist, Niklas caught just 28 passes for 422 yards and five touchdowns in 2013, but checks in at a mountainous 6-foot-7, 270 pounds. Rotoworld's Josh Norris believes there's a chance Niklas is among the draft's first 50 picks. Already a plus blocker, a strong Combine showing would make Niklas a highly sought after upside pick.
Jan 9 - 10:41 PM