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TE John Carlson - Arizona Cardinals

6-4, 255Born: 5-12-1984College: Notre DameDrafted: Round 2

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Week 9: at Dallas Cowboys

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Carson Palmer continued his string of solid outings against the Eagles last Sunday, throwing 20/42 for 329 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions, with zero sacks taken. He's thrown for at least 250 yards and two TDs in each of his last three games, making Palmer a model of consistency at the half-way point of the season. During that three week span, Andre Ellington (24 targets for 15/112/0 receiving) has been Palmer's top target, while Larry Fitzgerald (21 for 17/279/2) and John Brown (21 for 11/203/1) have both drawn 21 targets. Michael Floyd is the #3 of late, with 14 targets for 7/94/2 over the last three weeks, but had zero catches out of four chances last week. Brown may be taking over the starting role across from Fitzgerald here during the second half of the season. The Dallas pass D surrendered 25/30 for 286 yards, zero TDs and one interception to Colt McCoy on Sunday, while sacking him three times for -13 yards. Two games back, Eli Manning wasn't sacked at all and he threw 21/33 for 248 net yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions at Dallas. Though Dallas has been generally winning contests, their pass D has been lax over the past few games. To date, Dallas averages 237.4 net passing yards allowed per game, with 11 passing scores given out vs. eight interceptions (tied-seventh in the NFL) and 10 sacks (tied-26th) generated. Palmer is coming on in this phase of the game, while the Cowboys are sub-par-to-mediocre at best. Advantage, Arizona.

Recent Stats and Projections

5 at DEN 2 19 0 0
6 vs WAS 4 14 0 0
7 at OAK 2 20 0 0
8 vs PHI 2 16 0 0
9 at DAL PROJ-Dodds 2 * * *
9 at DAL PROJ-Tremblay 3 * * *
9 at DAL PROJ-Bloom 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs WAS (6 / 4 / 14 / 0 rec)

Each week Cardinals' coaches declare their desire to get Carlson more involved in the passing game, and while he has been a solid and dependable contributor each week, that desire still has not come to fruition. Carlson is a notch below John Brown in the offensive pecking order, so his minimal output shouldn't come as a surprise, and yet it does feel like the team is missing out on opportunities and matchups. Again, the instability at the quarterback position has likely contributed to these issues, but to only gain 1 yard on 3 catches after opening the game with a 13-yard reception seems to also implicate the play calls and design as issues as well. The Cardinals have had their fair share of struggles converting third downs this season, and one has to wonder if a better deployment of Carlson could help cure some of those problems going forward.

2014 Week 7 vs OAK (4 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)

Carlson had his worst game of the season, dropping a first down pass, consistently getting blown back in run blocking and tipping the pass that led to Palmer's interception. Carlson deserves the least of the blame on that turnover, but he was a culprit nonetheless. Carlson was not brought in for his run blocking ability, so while that remains disappointing; it's his drops in the pass game that provide concern. He must get those cleaned up as The Cardinals head into the heart of their schedule.

2014 Week 8 vs PHI (6 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Carlson had his worst game of the season, catching only 2 of his 6 targets and dropping what should have been a go-ahead touchdown late in the 4th quarter. His blocking in the run game leaves much to be desired so it would certainly be nice to see more production in the passing game.


Latest News

Cardinals | John Carlson back to 100 percent (Fri Oct 17, 11:40 PM) - Arizona Cardinals TE John Carlson (knee) is almost back to 100 percent after suffering a knee injury in the Week 6 game. Head coach Bruce Arians said Friday, Oct. 17, that Carlson practiced better than Thursday, Oct. 16, when he returned to the field after missing time Wednesday, Oct. 15.

Our View: Carlson being back to 100 percent would have more fantasy relevance if the Cardinals actually used their tight ends in the passing game.
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Cardinals | Friday injury report (Fri Oct 17, 05:55 PM) - Arizona Cardinals TE Troy Niklas (ankle) and DE Calais Campbell (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 17, and have been ruled out for Week 7. TE John Carlson (knee), LB Glenn Carson (ankle), DE Frostee Rucker (calf) and DT Alameda Ta'amu (illness) were limited during practice and are listed as questionable. LB Alex Okafor (quadriceps) and CB Patrick Peterson (ankle) fully participate in practice Friday, Oct. 17, and are listed as probable.

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