Arizona Cardinals free agency preview: Time to take the next step
MAR 3, 1:29p ET | Ross Jones
Rotowire: Dec 30 / 10:26a ET
News: Housler played 30 of the Cardinals' 70 offensive snaps during Sunday's loss in San Francisco, Football Outsiders reports.
Impact: Playing second (or third) fiddle to fellow tight end Darren Fells (48 snaps) for the fourth game in a row, Housler still managed to gather in one of two targets for 20 yards in the season finale. Housler's line for the year (nine catches for 129 yards) is a far cry from past campaigns, which is unlikely to change in Saturday's wild-card contest at Carolina with deep reserve Ryan Lindley again under center.
Rotowire: Dec 14 / 9:01a ET
News: Housler took the field for 19 of the Cardinals' 64 offensive snaps during Thursday's victory in St. Louis, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.
Impact: Darren Fells earned far more run than fellow tight ends John Carlson (21 snaps) and Housler for the second game in a row, with 47 in all. While Housler himself wasn't targeted, but took one carry for one yard, the quarterback situation in Arizona is unstable, due to Drew Stanton's knee sprain, meaning owners should continue to sidestep their TE trio.
Rotowire: Dec 8 / 10:05p ET
News: Housler played 21 of the Cardinals' 69 offensive snaps during Sunday's victory against the Chiefs, FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.
Impact: Housler hauled in his only target for 20 yards, representing the primary contribution to the box score from a Cardinals tight end. However, he was doubled up in the snap game by fellow TE Darren Fells (42 versus 21), while John Carlson picked up 17. Because Housler and Carlson have left much to be desired as blockers this season, Fells, a former pro basketball player, may have risen to the top on the backs of his blocking prowess. In any case, Carlson has only mustered seven catches for 96 yards this season, meaning he should remain on the scrap heap as the fantasy playoffs continue.