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Troy Niklas | Tight End

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (22) / 9/18/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 270
College: Notre Dame
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Cardinals in-house reporter Darren Urban says the team was already "counting" on a breakout from second-year TE Troy Niklas before John Carlson's surprise retirement on Tuesday.
Coming off an injury-ruined rookie year, the 2014 second-rounder finds himself atop the depth chart alongside Darren Fells. Carlson's retirement does little for Niklas' fantasy stock, as he's a heavy-footed possession receiver in the Anthony Fasano mold. Bruce Arians' tight ends aren't counted on to make plays with the football. May 5 - 2:12 PM

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Cardinals TE Troy Niklas (ankle surgery) has been cleared for all team activities.

Multiple high-ankle sprains sabotaged Niklas' rookie year as he appeared in just seven games. The Fasano-esque prospect will have a bigger role as a blocker and low-volume possession receiver in Bruce Arians' TE-unfriendly scheme this year.
Apr 21 - 11:54 AM

Cardinals TE Troy Niklas needs ankle surgery.

Niklas suffered his second high-ankle sprain of the season in Week 11 and was sent to I.R. The 52nd pick in May's draft caught three passes for 38 yards on four targets as a rookie. He should be ready in plenty of time for training camp.
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 08:37:00 PM

Cardinals placed TE Troy Niklas on injured reserve with a high-ankle sprain, ending his season.

Veteran TE Matthew Mulligan has been signed in a corresponding roster move. The No. 52 overall pick of May's draft, Niklas suffered his second "high" sprain of the season in Sunday's win over the Lions. Although he checks in at a mountainous 6-foot-6, 270 pounds, Niklas should max out as a possession pass catcher primarily called on to block.
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 03:28:00 PM

Troy Niklas sustained another high ankle sprain in Sunday's Week 11 win over the Lions.

Niklas missed three games earlier this season with a "high" sprain. Now the second-round rookie's season is in jeopardy after aggravating the injury.
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 10:45:00 AM

Cardinals rookie TE Troy Niklas re-injured his ankle against the Lions.

Niklas missed Weeks 6-8 with a high-ankle sprain. Another severe sprain would likely send him to injured reserve.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 08:13:00 PM

Cardinals TE Troy Niklas (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 9.

Niklas has missed the last three games, but has a chance to return this week. He should push for time in two tight end sets when healthy.
Sat, Nov 1, 2014 05:38:00 PM

Cardinals TE Troy Niklas sustained a high ankle sprain in Sunday's Week 5 loss at Denver.

Niklas, a second-round rookie, has one catch for 16 yards through four games. He missed a large chunk of the offseason with a broken hand.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 11:19:00 AM

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.
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 09:15:00 PM

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.
Thu, Jun 12, 2014 02:23:00 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.
Tue, Jun 10, 2014 03:43:00 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.
Tue, May 20, 2014 03:54:00 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.
Thu, May 15, 2014 06:35:00 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.
Fri, May 9, 2014 08:37:00 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.
Sun, Apr 13, 2014 01:02:00 PM

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