A frustrating preseason turned worse for Arizona Cardinals tight end, Rob Housler over the weekend. The 25 year old tight end went down with a right ankle sprain and was unable to return to action against the San Diego Chargers. He won’t play in the preseason finale and it’s still unclear whether he will be able to go for the week 1 opener.
Housler has yet to catch a pass in the preseason, and was not targeted during Saturday’s game against the Chargers. However, the seemingly daunting numbers have not phased the 3rd year veteran out of Florida Atlantic, who will undoubtedly focus more on recovery than his low preseason numbers.
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.
Arizona coach, Bruce Arians says he’s not worried about Housler getting his share in the offense. Although he has been used mostly for blocking in the preseason, Arians considers the tight end’s ability to run and catch “a given” and is ready to use him in different offensive packages.
Last year, Housler caught 45 passes for more than 400 yards, but did not find the end zone. Many predicted 2013 to be a breakout year for the young tight end. Carson Palmer is the best quarterback he will have played with to date, and at 6’5 / 250 pounds, Housler makes for a great 4th target in Arizona offense, once he is again healthy.