Rob Housler TE ARI 2 Months

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians made it clear at the Combine that he prefers blocking to pass-catching tight ends.

Arians is different from much of the rest of the NFL in this way. He believes Heath Miller is the best tight end in football. "Tight ends for me block first, catch second," stated Arians. As much as we like Rob Housler's athletic skill set, he's not going to have an opportunity to break out statistically until he leaves Arizona. Housler is entering his contract year in 2014.

Rob Housler TE ARI 2 Months

The Cardinals' website considers 2014 a "make or break year" for TE Rob Housler.

It very much is, seeing as Housler is entering the final year of his rookie contract. Still a deficient blocker and prone to injury, Housler has been a constant on weekly injury reports and missed three games in 2013, finishing with a 39-454-1 receiving line. Housler's biggest fantasy obstacle remains coach Bruce Arians' offense, which has never produced big tight end numbers.

Rob Housler TE ARI 4 Months

Rob Housler caught five passes for a season-high 78 yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the 49ers.

Housler's day got off to a bad start as he dropped a pass in the end zone early. But after that he did what many expected he would do all year -- make athletic, tough catches as a true "move" tight end. Housler's breakout didn't happen this year though, as he finishes with 39 catches for 454 yards and just one touchdown. You can see the playmaking talent, but he had every opportunity this year and it didn't happen. Housler will be a TE2 as he enters the final year of his rookie contract in 2014.

Rob Housler TE ARI 4 Months

Rob Housler (groin) is listed as probable for Week 17.

Housler will continue to play through his groin injury despite missing practice time this week. He's a low-end TE2 for Sunday's game against the 49ers.

Rob Housler TE ARI 4 Months

Rob Housler (groin) was limited in Cardinals practice Wednesday.

Housler played through the injury in Week 16 and was held catch-less by Seattle. He's a role player entering the Week 17 finale versus San Francisco.

Rob Housler TE ARI 4 Months

Rob Housler did not catch a pass in Sunday's Week 16 win at Seattle.

Rob Housler TE ARI 4 Months

Rob Housler (groin) practiced again on Friday.

Housler is on track for low-end TE2 value Sunday at Seattle.

Rob Housler TE ARI 4 Months

Rob Housler (groin) returned to Cardinals practice Thursday.

It's Housler's first practice in two weeks. How he bounces back on Friday will be key, but he's now on track to start Sunday's game against the Seahawks. Housler won't be more than a low-end TE2 against Seattle's suffocating pass defense.

Rob Housler TE ARI 4 Months

Rob Housler (groin) did not practice Wednesday.

Housler didn't practice at all last week before being inactive against the Titans. If he can't go against the Seahawks, Jim Dray and Jake Ballard will fill in.

Rob Housler TE ARI 4 Months

Rob Housler (groin) is inactive for Week 15 against Tennessee.

As expected. Housler was listed as doubtful on the injury report.