It seems like just a short time ago John Carlson was viewed as one of the most promising tight ends in the NFL. It’s amazing how much has changed, however, as Carlson has gone from blossoming star to injury-prone disappointment. That said, there’s plenty of reason to think Carlson is finally ready to bounce back after being signed by the Arizona Cardinals.
Signed to an extremely reasonable two-year, $4 million deal this offseason, Carlson has come in right away and impressed with his new team. Carson Palmer, the man who will be throwing Carlson the ball in 2014, had this to say on Arizona Sports 98.7 on the Doug and Wolf show regarding Carlson: “That was a huge signing, the guy is really, really good and really fluid, really smooth and knows the offense already.”
That’s not to say that Carlson won’t face some challenges in his quest to prove himself to the Cardinals. On one hand there are the injury issues that have plagued him the last few seasons. Carlson needs to prove he can stay healthy. On the other hand is the fact that the Cardinals’ depth chart is rather crowded at the tight end position. With Carlson, Rob Housler, Jake Ballard and Troy Niklas all on the roster, it is fair to wonder if Carlson can play well enough to earn himself a spot ahead of all those guys.
With that said, I fully expect Carlson to be a surprise for Arizona in 2014. He’s in an offense that loves to use the tight end, and he has always had the receiving talent to fit the NFL’s new mold of tight ends. Throw in Carlson’s ability to hold his own as a blocker, and it’s actually quite easy to see what makes him a great bet to enjoy a bounce-back season in 2014.
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