TE Rob Housler - Free Agent

6-5, 248Born: 3-17-1988College: Florida AtlanticDrafted: Round 3, pick 2011

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Game Recaps

2015 Week 1 vs NYJ (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Housler's first target in the game came on a fade in the red zone which Josh McCown overthrew. Housler was covered closely by the defense and had no chance at making the play. After that, he was quiet for the rest of the game.

2015 Week 3 vs OAK (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Housler was not really involved in the passing game. He dropped a pass that should have been a first down. In addition, on the play he was flagged for pushing off on Charles Woodson so even had he made the catch it would have been called back.

2015 Week 5 vs BAL (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

The rarely used tight end made one catch for six yards, which went for a first down on the team's touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.

2014 Week 1 vs SD (3 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)

Housler actually ended up with more targets than Carlson, but still only caught one pass and for fewer yards. The same caveats for Carlson apply to Housler as well, but with the added bonus that Rob has a tendency to not get his head around on hot-reads as well as drop routine catches. He's frustrating to watch considering his physical potential, but somehow he stays apart of the game plan each week.

2013 Week 6 vs SF (5 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec)

Housler did not have a noteworthy game by any stretch, but this was certainly his most active game since returning from injury.  Targeted 5 times, and only amassing 32 yards, Housler wasn't an integral part of the game plan, but with Andre Roberts' disappearance from the offense, he might soon find himself as Palmers's 3rd option, behind Fitzgerald and Floyd. Many predicted Housler to have a breakout season, and that appears unlikely, but more activity in the offense should provide a better safety-net for Palmer, and a more open outside for Fitzgerald and Floyd to work.  

2013 Week 7 vs SEA (7 / 7 / 53 / 0 rec)

Housler finally made his first real impact in the passing game this season, unfortunately much of it came with the outcome already secured.  Housler led the team in receptions, hauling in all seven of his targets, as well as drawing a few pass interference penalties. But with much of his success coming late in the game its fair to question how much Housler was finally playing up to his ability or just benefitting from the soft, preventative defense Seattle had begun to play.  Housler has the ability to make a major impact in this offense, but he must become more consistent.

2013 Week 10 vs HOU (5 / 4 / 57 / 1 rec)

After scoring his first career touchdown, Rob Housler celebrated by taking the figurative monkey off his back. What followed from that point forward were the type of impressive, athletic plays the Cardinals have been waiting three years for. In addition to his touchdown on a perfectly scripted tight end screen, Housler caught three other passes, with his 26-yard reception being the longest play of the Cardinals day. Housler is a free agent after this season, and yesterday's game could prove to be an important crossroad of his young career. Up until yesterday it seemed far-fetched the Cardinals would bring Housler back next season, but with a second half closer in line with Sunday's performance, he may finally prove to be the answer at a position the Cardinals have long since had questions about.

2013 Week 11 vs JAX (9 / 6 / 70 / 0 rec)

Coming off his best game as a pro, Housler followed that up with his second best career effort leading to a lot of optimism going forward. Housler finished the day as the second leading receiver behind Floyd. Due to early season injury, Housler was never really able to develop much chemistry with Palmer, but the two finally appear on the same page now. Near misses on both a deep post as well as a touchdown opportunity would have really pushed Housler's impressive outing over the top, but even as it stands it's a great sign for the tight end. If he can continue to make plays like he has the past two weeks, the Cards passing game should begin to flourish, opening up more opportunities outside the numbers for Fitzgerald and Floyd.

2013 Week 12 vs IND (5 / 4 / 51 / 0 rec)

Housler's emergence has been slightly overlooked, with recent praise often focused on Palmer or this team's incredible defense, but his contribution to the offense has been as big as anyones.  His statistics aren't those of a Jimmy Graham, although he still had a very respectable day, but Housler is quietly taking advantage of a defense focused on stopping the wide receivers, and continually moving the chains in the process.  He appears to have a better understanding of the offense, which coverages teams are running and where to sit in zones, and has become the reliable target in the middle of the field this team sorely needed.  As with almost any non-Graham/Gronk TE, his fantasy value is largely tied to touchdowns, and Houlser still only has his one career score, but the lightbulb appears to have finally turned on, and it couldn't have come at a better time.

2013 Week 14 vs STL (4 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec)

Housler's day was much more inline with his second half of the season surge than his first half failures. Housler's 31 yard gain early highlighted his massive receiving potential, and had Palmer been able to connect on the deep seam route, Housler likely would have had a monster afternoon and scored his second touchdown of the season. Unlike last week, Housler was drop-free, an important stat for the sometimes untrustworthy TE.

2013 Week 16 vs SEA (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

In a game of awful offensive performances, Housler might actually top the list. While Palmer's was more apparent with the 4 interceptions, Housler's terrible play early had him benched for the majority of the first half. After failing to get his head turned around on an early out-route, and then slipping before knocking a pass into the air for Palmer's first int of the day, Housler rode the bench for much of the rest of the half. He did appear to play his usual minutes in the second half, but failed to register a catch or even another target all day.

2013 Week 17 vs SF (6 / 5 / 78 / 0 rec)

Housler started off the game awfully, dropping an easy touchdown pass and missing several blocks in the run game, but much like the rest of the Cardinals offense, came on incredibly strong in the second half. When it was all said and done Housler ended the day with 78 yards, including 30-yard grab he made a nice, acrobatic catch on. Housler remains a disappointment, often too inconsistent in the passing game to overcome his abysmal blocking, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Cardinals attempt to upgrade at the TE position in the off season, but Housler still flashes enough potential that it'd be surprising if he wasn't at least on the roster come 2014.

2012 Week 2 vs NE (1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Housler made a nice sideline grab to get the Cards inside the 10 yard line, late in the game. He wasn't a factor until Heap left the game.

2012 Week 3 vs PHI (2 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)

Rob Housler caught both of his targets, but failed to do anything with the opportunity to distinguish himself in the passing game while Todd Heap is out.

2012 Week 4 vs MIA (3 / 2 / 48 / 0 rec)

After Kolb was flushed from the pocket from the Dolphins' pass rush, Housler did well to stay alive and continue his crossing route across the field to the same side as his quarterback. Kolb hit Housler on the numbers and he made a big gain for a first down. Housler was showing off his athleticism as he caught a pass down the seam on play-action from Kolb in the fourth quarter that went for 33 yards.

2012 Week 5 vs STL (6 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)

Housler didn't see the ball much early on, but in the second half became one of Kolb's primary targets. Housler first got a look near the end zone, but the ball was thrown behind him. Then another longer, downfield pass, looked good but the defender tipped just enough of it to make him miss. But on the next play, Kolb went back to him, this time on a long button hook, and Houlser not only caught it but added yards after the catch for a big gain. He was used quite a lot, and on varied patterns. The main indication of future success is that he was often able to gain yards after the catch. Just as Kolb did with Todd Heap prior to his injury, the tight end became one of his primary weapons in crunch time.

2012 Week 6 vs BUF (3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

Housler had three targets and managed to catch two of them. Perhaps setting the stage for Fitzgerald's non-catch later in the game, Housler also brought in a pass with one hand, but his was a completed pass. Kolb led Housler just a bit too much, but the talented TE managed to stick his left hand out and snag the ball before he was pushed out of bounds for a six-yard pick-up. Later, it would be Housler whom Skelton would lock on to in OT leading to Jairus Byrd's 2nd INT.

2012 Week 7 vs MIN (7 / 5 / 54 / 0 rec)

The tight end showed a great ability to run crisp routes. He ran a seam route and was able to catch a ball delivered between two defenders for a medium gain. He was also able to catch a ball on his back shoulder while in double coverage for a first down. With such good hands and above average speed, Housler could have contributed more if he wasn't needed to help the struggling offensive line pass block. Arizona even ran a tight end screen to get him more involved, which he took for a nice gain behind good blocking.

2012 Week 8 vs SF (5 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec)

Housler was overshadowed by King in the passing game, though he did make a great play for a first down, catching a short ball while Skelton was being hammered and running strong through defenders and dragging a tackler to gain the needed yardage. Houlser was most useful as a dump-off target, and ran hard when those opportunities arose.

2012 Week 9 vs GB (9 / 5 / 55 / 0 rec)

With Todd Heap still inactive, Housler was the main pass catching tight end for the Cardinals, making the most of his opportunities. Heap was active for the first two games of the season, and hasn't been active since, so it looks like Housler has taken over as the main safety valve for John Skelton. He has seen 30 targets over the last 5 games, catching 19 of them, and while they haven't resulted in big yardage numbers, there will always be a need for a sure handed tight end for the Cardinals quarterback to check down to. On the flip side, any Cardinals tight end will also be asked to help the tackles block any potent edge rusher.

2012 Week 12 vs STL (11 / 8 / 82 / 0 rec)

Housler caught Lindley's first pass of the game wide open in the flat for a six yard gain. Housler caught a 10 yard pass on first and long wide open over the middle. Housler dropped a pass over the middle when Lindley came back to him at the beginning of the second quarter. The young quarterback was looking towards Housler often and he hit him down the seam behind a defensive back for his first big gain of the day. His fourth reception came over the middle for eight yards infront of a Rams' linebacker. In the first half alone, the tight end had five receptions as he caught a nine yard pass before running out of bounds. After enduring a rough patch in the third quarter, when he threw a few interceptions, Lindley eventually came back to Housler on a short crossing route for his sixth reception of the game. Housler caught a six yard pass across the middle of the field on second and five. Lindley went straight back to him again with a similar pass over the middle. Housler added one final reception in the dying moments as he came up short of a first on fourth down.

2012 Week 13 vs NYJ (6 / 4 / 15 / 0 rec)

Housler was strictly utilized as a safety outlet for Lindley. Since Lindley was unable to develop any sort of rhythm, Housler was simply a check down option for nearly half of Lindley's completions. Housler secured each of his receptions on quick out-routes, but was unable to turn up field for additional yardage. The Jets have had some trouble covering tight ends, so it was surprising Arizona did not call any vertical routes for Housler.

2012 Week 14 vs SEA (10 / 7 / 36 / 0 rec)

Housler quietly had his second-best PPR performance of the season with seven receptions. He was the safety value target for both Skelton and Lindley on short routes. His highlight play came on a third-and-long where Lindley had plenty of time in the pocket. When time was running out, he found Housler on the far side of the field as an outlet receiver. Housler broke multiple tackles to get the first down and continue the drive. He continues to flash moments of athletic ability that outweigh his current level of production. He is an intriguing tight end to monitor heading into 2013.

2012 Week 15 vs DET (2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

Housler made the most of his two targets, catching both on third-and-long situations. He gained yards after the catch, including a nice spin move away from the initial defender. His second reception moved Arizona into field goal range on a third-and-long situation that was unlikely to be converted.

2011 Week 5 vs MIN (8 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)

Housler saw a lot of passes thrown his way due to the pressure on Kevin Kolb and his frequent check downs to Housler and Early Doucet. Housler could have had a much better game but he had a couple key drops, including one where he was wide open down the middle of the field and would have easily scored. Just before halftime, Housler broke down the middle of the field. The safeties released and he was wide open with no one within five yards of him. Unfortunately Kolb threw the ball too high and the ball skipped off of his hands. He finished with just three catches but could have had more if Kolb would have thrown the ball a little better.

2011 Week 7 vs PIT (6 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)

Housler is another in the long, long line of athletic tight ends in the NFL. Formerly a position with a premium on blocking, a guy like Housler would have never survived before the wave of pass-catching tight ends emerged. With the team's other tight ends being older (Todd Heap) and more blocking than pass-catching (Jeff King), Housler has a chance to emerge this year and next as a weapon this team needs in the middle of the field. Kevin Kolb's rapport with Brent Celek in his Philadelphia days can not be denied. Housler has a chance to Kolb's "best friend" in the offense.

2011 Week 13 vs DAL (3 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)

Housler's numbers were pedestrian, but there were signs that the Cardinals would like to get him the ball more often. He was targeted in the red zone and was open on a slant pattern but Kolb's throw was horribly off; he even made a near catch on a ball that was a throw-away by Kolb - Housler had it but stepped out of bounds before fully having it under control.

2011 Week 16 vs CIN (2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Housler's only reception was against soft coverage on second and long, well short of the first down. He also had a pass go right through his hands in the 4th quarter as the Cardinals were driving.

2011 Week 17 vs SEA (3 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)

Housler chipped in with a couple, including a nice catch in traffic over the middle. But then he fumbled the ball and didn't see many targets after that.