Next up: Rob Housler, TE
Reason to re-sign: It took him 75 percent of the season, but Housler started showing signs of progressing as a tight end in the final four games, catching 53 of his 129 yards after Week 13. That production may carry over into 2015, but he may not get a chance to show it. Housler’s athleticism always made him a threat because he’s tall, lean and quick after the catch. His 9.22 yards after the catch per reception were fifth most in the NFL, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Although he caught just nine of 17 receptions, he didn’t drop any passes -- an upside in Bruce Arians’ offense.
Reason not to re-sign: The main reason for the Cardinals not to re-sign Housler is that he’s not a good fit in Arians’ offense. Housler is built like a new-age tight end: He’s tall, long and athletic like a basketball player. He’s a better fit as a receiving tight end than a blocking tight end. Unfortunately for Housler, Arians wants a tight end who’ll block first and then be able to catch a pass. He can do the latter better than he can do the former. That’s simply not Housler’s game. The Cardinals had hope for Housler heading into 2013 but he proved he wasn’t the blocker player Arians wanted. In 2014, he had a pass-block efficiency rating of 93.8, the third-highest on the Cardinals.
Prediction: Housler’s time in Arizona has run out. With Darren Fells coming on and Troy Niklas planning on being healthy, both will complement John Carlson again in 2015 in the blocking schemes. Housler simply doesn’t fit and it’ll cost him a chance at re-signing with the Cardinals.