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TE Troy Niklas - Arizona Cardinals

6-6, 270Born: 9-18-1992College: Notre DameDrafted: Round 2

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Week 15: at Washington Redskins

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FBG says: Good matchup. Blaine Gabbert continued his regression back to what we were used to seeing in years past as he went all the way from three touchdowns and 257 passing yards in Week 11 to zero touchdowns and 178 passing yards last week against what was the best matchup of his four weeks under center this season. Gabbert and the rest of the Cardinals offense were seriously hindered last week by their offensive line that allowed eight sacks on the day. The Cardinals have now given up 15 sacks over the last two games, which is a stat that has to have the Redskins pass rushers licking their chops--especially since the Cardinals lost even more offensive linemen to injury last week. Larry Fitzgerald continues to be the only reliable pass-catcher as he hauled in five receptions for 44 yards last week. While a subdued performance, Fitzgerald continues to get the targets for the Cardinals whole nobody else on that offense can be trusted. The Redskins were throttled last week by the Chargers after having a couple nice games in Weeks 12-13 against opposing passers. The Redskins allowed two separate wide receivers to surpass 110 receiving yards last week, and have now allowed seven receivers to surpass 75 yards in their last six games, including four 100+ yard performances. With the exception of Eli Manning in Week 12, Washington has let every opposing quarterback they have faced pass for multiple touchdowns since Week 9. Josh Norman has been decent this year, but he has struggled in recent weeks. Norman had a rough outing against the Chargers last week as he allowed a 75-yard touchdown to Tyrell Williams and a 51-yard bomb to Keenan Allen. Unfortunately for Larry Fitzgerald, The Redskins best cornerback has been Kendall Fuller covering the slot--so Fitzgerald will not have as positive of a matchup as the rest of the Cardinals receiving corps.

Recent Stats and Projections

11 at HOU 17 0 0 0 0 0
12 vs JAX 27 2 22 0 0 2.2
13 vs LAR 25 0 0 0 0 0
14 vs TEN 19 1 7 0 0 0.7
15 at WAS PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * * *
15 at WAS PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * * *
15 at WAS PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 6 vs TB (2 / 2 / 20 / 1 rec)

Neither tight end found themselves heavily featured in Sunday's contest, but it was Niklas who made the more significant impact with his touches, scoring the team's second touchdown of the afternoon. Running a post down the hash marks, Niklas simply beat the single coverage and Palmer's perfect pass left little else to do but secure an easy touchdown grab. Niklas was not targeted again, but his early contribution proved impactful.


Latest News

Cardinals | Week 14 injury report for Arizona (Fri Dec 8, 07:13 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (toe) and RB Adrian Peterson (neck) did not practice Friday, Dec. 8, and both are ruled out for the Week 14 game against the Tennessee Titans. DL Josh Mauro (ankle), WR JJ Nelson (knee), DL Corey Peters (ankle), CB Patrick Peterson (hamstring) and OT Jared Veldheer (elbow) were limited in practice and are each listed as questionable. WR Jaron Brown (toe), LB Deone Bucannon (ankle), LB Karlos Dansby (non-injury related), LS Justin Drescher (shoulder), WR Larry Fitzgerald (non-injury related), TE Troy Niklas (hip, knee), DE Frostee Rucker (non-injury related), C A.Q. Shipley (shoulder) and RB Kerwynn Williams (ribs) were able to practice in full and have been removed from the injury report.

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Cardinals | Arizona's Thursday practice report (Thu Dec 7, 05:05 PM) - Arizona Cardinals OT Jared Veldheer (elbow), DT Josh Mauro (ankle) and CB Patrick Peterson (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 7. DT Corey Peters (ankle), WR Jaron Brown (knee) and WR JJ Nelson (knee) were limited during practice. LB Karlos Dansby (non-injury), DT Frostee Rucker (non-injury), LB Deone Bucannon (ankle), LS Justin Drescher (shoulder), TE Troy Niklas (hip, knee) and C A.Q. Shipley (shoulder) fully participated in practice.

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Cardinals | Arizona's Wednesday practice report (Wed Dec 6, 07:37 PM) - Arizona Cardinals LB Karlos Dansby (non-injury), S Johnathan Ford (knee), DT Corey Peters (ankle), DT Frostee Rucker (non-injury) and OT Jared Veldheer (elbow) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 6. LB Deone Bucannon (ankle), LS Justin Drescher (shoulder), DT Josh Mauro (ankle), TE Troy Niklas (hip, knee), CB Patrick Peterson (hamstring) and C A.Q. Shipley (shoulder) were limited during practice.

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