The Cardinals selection of Rob Housler in 3rd Rd of the 2011 draft was viewed as a bit of reach for the 6’4, 248 lb tight end out of Florida Atlantic. Now, however, Housler is generating a lot of buzz coming out of OTA’s and the team’s recent mini-camp. Larry Fitzgerald said singled out the tight end position as perhaps the team’s strongest position right now with veterans Jeff King and Todd Heap sharing the position with Rob Housler; who has prototypical size and speed for the new breed of aggressive pass catching tight ends in the NFL.
The scouting report on Housler coming out of college was that he is big and fast, but lacks strength and his work ethic was challenged in the reports we saw. Here is what the Sporting News has to say.
Rotoworld recommends you keep an eye on Housler as a sleeper candidate. They also point out that he rarely came off the field during the team’s recent camp. That may point to improved blocking which would go a long way to keeping him on the field in-season.
ThePigSkinGuy.com has Housler ranked #25 at the TE position in their Dynasty rankings. Check these guys out. We like their rankings with commentary…good stuff.
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The TE position hasn’t exactly been productive for the Cardinals of late. As a rookie Housler managed just 12 catches. This is a copy-cat league, however, and the Patriots devastating use of the tight end position has opened eyes. Housler fits the mold of the seam-busting tight end who presents a big target and has the speed and athleticism to get separation and make yards after the catch. He’s no slam dunk, but he is on our list of sleepers and we like him as a low end TE#2 with upside. He has to improve his strength and blocking. He has to get a bit nastier as well to stay on the field enough to make a fantasy impact.
The Cardinals offense is shaping up nicely. We like Kevin Kolb more than those that have completely written him off. Is he a star? No, but he also isn’t inept, at least in our opinion. With two receivers that opposing teams will have to account for in Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd and two running backs who if healthy can keep defenses honest, the tight end could have space to operate.