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Troy Niklas | Tight End | #86

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/18/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 270
College: Notre Dame
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 2 (52) / ARZ
Contract: view contract details

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Patriots signed TE Troy Niklas, formerly of the Cardinals, to a one-year contract.
Niklas was the 52nd overall pick in the 2014 draft and is still just 25. However, he suffered a number of high-ankle sprains as a rookie and missed most of 2016 with a wrist injury. He's big (6'6/270) and strong (27 bench reps) with long arms but is a mediocre athlete and real injury-prone. If Niklas can stay healthy, he could push for No. 2 tight end duties for the Patriots. Apr 4 - 3:56 PM

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Cardinals placed TE Troy Niklas on injured reserve with a wrist injury, ending his season.

Niklas needs four months of rehab. The No. 52 overall pick of the 2014 draft, Niklas has been bitten by the injury bug, sandwiching a 16-game 2015 with injury-shortened affairs. He was viewed as a blocker coming out of Notre Dame, and has lived up to his rep with only eight career catches. Niklas won't be guaranteed to make the 53-man roster in the final year of his rookie contract.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 05:24:00 PM

Cardinals TE Troy Niklas has a wrist injury that "could be severe."

Niklas has only one catch, and played a modest 29.3 percent of the Cardinals' snaps. Darren Fells and Jermaine Gresham have both been on the field more, and would see their playing time rise if Niklas misses an extended period.
Mon, Sep 26, 2016 03:27:00 PM

Cardinals TE Troy Niklas ran with the first-team offense on Tuesday.

The reps come two days after coach Bruce Arians said Niklas was "pressing" Jermaine Gresham and Daniel Fells. The No. 52 overall pick of the 2014 draft, Niklas' career has thus far been stalled by injury. Even were he to claim starting status, he'll be well off the fantasy radar for Week 1.
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 03:52:00 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said third-year TE Troy Niklas has put himself into position to compete for a starting job.

"He continues to press those other two guys (Jermaine Gresham and Darren Fells) for the starting job," said Arians. The 52nd overall pick in the 2014 draft, Niklas' first two NFL seasons have been stalled by injury. He caught passes for gains of 32 and 12 yards in Arizona's preseason opener and should've had a touchdown, but was badly overthrown by erratic backup QB Drew Stanton.
Sun, Aug 14, 2016 06:26:00 PM

Cardinals activated TE Troy Niklas (ankle, hamstring) from the active/NFI list.

Niklas was recovering from a June ankle scope. His practice reps should remain limited for the foreseeable future, while he may not be ready for the first preseason game.
Mon, Aug 3, 2015 01:26:00 PM

Cardinals placed TE Troy Niklas (ankle, hamstring) on active/PUP.

Niklas is a reserve/PUP candidate after undergoing June ankle surgery. He was listed on the Cardinals' active/PUP list with a hamstring injury, however. Niklas was a non-factor as a rookie, primarily due to injuries, appearing in only seven games. We don't have high hopes for him in Dynasty leagues.
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 05:43:00 PM

Cardinals second-year TE Troy Niklas will undergo ankle surgery on Thursday.

Niklas went down in Week 11 with a high-ankle sprain that required surgery. He again rolled his ankle in Tuesday's minicamp practice and needs another "procedure." Coach Bruce Arians expects Niklas to be ready for training camp, but the ankle is an obvious concern for last year's No. 52 overall pick. Tight end is a thankless position in Arians' offense, leaving Niklas well off the fantasy map.
Wed, Jun 10, 2015 01:47:00 PM

The Cardinals view second-year TE Troy Niklas as "more of a blocking tight end."

This isn't breaking news, but it's a reminder that Niklas carries little to no Dynasty value as a 6-foot-7, 270-pound sixth offensive lineman in a Bruce Arians offense that has always made scant use of tight ends as receivers.
Fri, Jun 5, 2015 09:19:00 PM

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.
Tue, May 5, 2015 02:12:00 PM

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.
Tue, Apr 21, 2015 11:54:00 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

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