TE John Carlson - Arizona Cardinals
|6-4, 255||Born: 5-12-1984||College: Notre Dame||Drafted: Round 2|
Week 8: vs Philadelphia Eagles
Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. The return of Carson Palmer continues to produce quality results - he again had two TD passes (he's done so in each of the two games since he returned to action), with 22/31 for 253 yards, with one interception and one sack taken for -11 yards. Michael Floyd is back in the fantasy scene with Palmer throwing the ball - he's seen 10 targets for 7/94/2 receiving over the past two games, while Larry Fitzgerald has handled 11 for 10/119/1. Andre Ellington (18 for 12/98/0), John Brown (11 for 6/84/0) and tight end John Carlson (10 for 6/34/0) have also been involved regularly with Palmer calling the shots again. The Eagles' pass D is very generous with TDs, having surrendered 13 so far this season, vs. a mere three interceptions (tied for 24th in the NFL) generated. They rank 23rd in the NFL averaging 256.5 net passing yards given out per game, and have 19 sacks to their credit (tied for eighth in the NFL). The Eagles sacked the Giants' quarterbacks eight times two weeks ago (for -43 yards) while holding them to 17/28 for 168 net yards, and zero TDs or interceptions. Two games back, Philadelphia allowed three passing TDs to Austin Davis (29/49 341 yards, zero interceptions thrown, with four sacks taken for -34 yards). On balance, this is a sub-par unit almost all the way across the board despite the good game against Eli Manning and company. Advantage, Palmer and company.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 5 vs DEN (3 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Carlson was mostly a nonfactor in the passing game, with two small first half receptions and only one additional target.
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.
Latest NewsCardinals | 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.
link to story 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. link to story Cardinals | Thursday practice report (Thu Oct 16, 08:49 PM) - Arizona Cardinals DT Alameda Ta'amu (illness), DE Calais Campbell (knee) and TE Troy Niklas (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 16. LB Glenn Carson (ankle) was a limited participant in practice, and TE John Carlson (knee), WR John Brown (hamstring) and LB Alex Okafor (quadriceps) were full participants. link to story Cardinals | Wednesday's practice report (Wed Oct 15, 09:39 PM) - Arizona Cardinals DE Calais Campbell (knee), TE John Carlson (knee), TE Troy Niklas (ankle) and DE Frostee Rucker (calf) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 15. LB Glenn Carson (ankle), LB Alex Okafor (quadriceps) and CB Patrick Peterson (ankle) were listed as limited participants. link to story
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