Rotowire: May 6 / 11:01a ET
News: Fells is slated for a larger role in the Cardinals' offense in 2015 following John Carlson's retirement Tuesday, the Cardinals' official site reports. "I never would have thought I'd be considered the veteran in the room," Fells said. "So I am definitely going to try and step into that role."
Impact: Indeed, with active status in 10 games last season, Fells enters the offseason program as the most experienced tight end on the Cardinals' roster. As the season proceeded, his usage increased, significantly outpacing veterans John Carlson and Rob Housler in each of the final four outings. Including the playoff loss at Carolina, the 29-year-old Fells finished the year with six catches (on 12 targets) for 72 yards and one touchdown. Fells' ability as a blocker was pointed to for the development, but Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com suggested that Fells' focus this offseason will be further understanding of the nuances of coach Bruce Arians' offense, particularly the blocking schemes. Expect Fells to contend with Troy Niklas (ankle), who is coming off an injury-plagued rookie campaign, and a potential free-agent addition.