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Cardinals TE Rob Housler is reportedly "optimistic" about his chances of playing Week 1.  Beat writer Kent Somers considers him "questionable" for the season opener.  If that's the case, Housler likely avoided the high-ankle sprain that HC Bruce Arians suggested he had yesterday.  We'll track Housler's progress over the next 12 days leading up to kickoff.  He won't be a recommended Week 1 starter even if he's out there, though.

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians revealed that TE Rob Housler suffered a high-ankle sprain in last weekend's preseason game.  That's an injury that keeps most guys sidelined at least 4 weeks -- and sometimes takes 6+ weeks to fully recover from.  Consider Housler doubtful for Week 1 and likely to miss at least 2-3 games.  We just moved him down our TE rankings.

Cardinals TE Rob Housler hasn't caught a ball through 2 preseason games.  He's been targeted just once.  "I'm not worried about the numbers right now," Housler said. "I've never complained about targets or receptions. The outside perception may see the numbers and may see maybe a question mark there, but I don't. I have a lot of confidence in our system and the way things have been going in practice, so it's not really a big concern for me."   HC Bruce Arians, who's talked up Housler this offseason, isn't worried either, saying his TE "is a given to me."  We'd like to see Housler catch a few balls in the 3rd exhibition, but it won't be a death knell if he doesn't.  He remains a recommended TE2 target.

Don't be surprised if the Cardinals run more 2-TE sets this year, says ESPN's NFC West blogger Mike Sando.  Bruce Arians' Colts offense ranked among the league's top 10 in that category last season.  The new Cards coach favors a 2nd TE over a FB and could look to put Rob Housler and Jeff King on the field together more.  King would fill the blocking role in that setup, which could even further free Housler to run pass routes.  We like the upside on the 3rd-year Cardinal, as you can see by checking out our 2013 TE rankings.  King isn't much of a receiving weapon but has worked well near the goal line.  He scored 3 TDs twice in the past 4 seasons despite catching no more than 27 balls.


Cardinals insider Darren Urban calls TE Rob Housler the team's "most obvious" breakout candidate for 2013.  The only argument we'd make with that assertion is that WR Michael Floyd is just as likely to break out this year.  We're on board with the Housler call, though.  As Urban points out, Housler is getting a big QB upgrade in Carson Palmer and is playing for a HC in Bruce Arians who likes getting his TE involved in the passing game.  Urban believes Housler could catch 60 balls this season.  Click here to see our 2013 projections for Housler.

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians is frustrated with the way his offense looks so far. “We're behind where I'd like to be right now,” he said. “Right now, our defense is way out-playing our offense.” Arians has had plenty of success on the offensive side of the ball lately. He piloted the Colts to a 10th-place offensive finish a year after helping guide Pittsburgh to a 12th-best ranking in 2011. Arizona finished dead last in 2012 with just 263.1 yards per game. That trailed the second-worst team by 34 yards per game. But the arrival of Arians and QB Carson Palmer should help get this unit turned around quickly. Larry Fitzgerald (who dropped an easy pass in practice Tuesday leading to some of his coach's frustration) should find himself back in top-10 WR territory.  WR Michael Floyd and TE Rob Housler are on our early list of 2013 sleepers.

It sounds like Cardinals new HC Bruce Arians wants TE Rob Housler to play a major role in the passing attack.  Arians revealed that he considered drafting Housler and turning him into a big WR when he was with the Steelers.  In Arizona, Housler will be used as the pass-catching TE, while Jeff King and Jim Dray will do the “dirty work.”  At 6'5 and 250 pounds with elite athleticism for the position, Housler is long on potential.  And he flashed with 7 and 8-catch performances over last season's final 6 weeks.  If Arizona can solve its QB problem this offseason, Housler will be worth highlighting as a sleeper on your fantasy football cheat sheets.

Cardinals TE Rob Housler suffered a sprained AC joint in Sunday's loss to the Bears.  He's out for Week 17.  Housler finishes his 2nd NFL season with 45 catches, 417 yards, and 0 TDs -- solid numbers considering Arizona's league-worst QB play.  If the Cardinals can figure out that position in 2013, Housler could be a late-round sleeper in fantasy.

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Cardinals TE Rob Housler (knee, ankle) is active for today's game against the Lions.  It's a bit surprising after he was unable to practice on Friday.  Housler has been busy lately, but he's not a recommended fantasy option at less than 100%.

Cardinals TE Rob Housler (knee, ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions.  He practiced on Wednesday and Thursday but was held out on Friday.  Insider Kent Somers reports that Housler got hurt on Thursday.  That makes him extremely iffy for this weekend.  Housler has racked up 19 catches over his past 3 games but should be on fantasy benches for Week 15.

Cardinals beat writer Kent Somers says the team will give TE Rob Housler "every chance to become a breakout player" this season.  "He participated in a lot of plays during off-season work as coaches tried to get him as much experience as possible," Somers writes.  Housler, the team's 3rd-round pick last year, managed just 12 catches during his rookie campaign.  But he's capable of big-time improvement in his 2nd NFL season.  Housler goes 6’6, 249 pounds, ran a 4.46 40-yard dash at the Combine, and has sticky hands.  There a few issues though.  Housler isn't a good blocker; he'll be sharing the field with TEs Todd Heap and Jeff King; and HC Ken Whisenhunt has never gotten his TEs involved in the passing game.  Housler is worth monitoring this summer, but he's more of a dynasty league stash than a redraft sleeper.

The Cardinals used the 69th overall pick on Florida Atlantic TE Rob Housler. It’s been a long time since Arizona featured a TE in the passing game, but Housler has the potential to make some noise. He goes 6’6, 249 pounds and ran a 4.46 40-yard dash. Plus, he’s coming from a pro-style offense. Housler needs major work as a blocker but could contribute right away in the passing game. Of course, he’ll struggle unless the Cardinals find a QB. Don’t count on Housler to make a fantasy impact in 2011, but he’s a name to highlight in your dynasty league.

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