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Housler started Saturday's preseason opener against the Texans, ESPN's Josh Weinfuss reports.

Following a disappointing, injury-plagued 2013 season, Housler is thought to be competing for playing time with free-agent acquisition John Carlson and second-round draft pick Troy Niklas. Housler is talented enough to emerge from the pack, and he turned his only target in Saturday's game into a 38-yard gain. However, Carlson is listed first on the depth chart, and he may cut into Housler's value, even if Housler wins out.

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ESPN Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss believes Rob Housler is "sitting at No. 4 right now" on Arizona's tight end depth chart, behind John Carlson, Jake Ballard, and rookie Troy Niklas.

"He's just not the type of tight end head coach Bruce Arians prefers," Weinfuss writes. The Cardinals' website seems to agree, also projecting Carlson and Ballard ahead of Housler. Once Niklas (hand surgery) gets healthy, it will be interesting to see if Housler goes on the trade block. The Patriots, Giants, Packers, and Falcons could also use an athletic, catch-first tight end.

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The Cardinals' website projects John Carlson and Jake Ballard as Arizona's top two tight ends to open the season.

Beat writer Darren Urban acknowledges Rob Housler "still has a chance to work his way into the lineup," but injured rookie Troy Niklas (broken hand) "is far behind right now." Coach Bruce Arians prefers his tight ends to be strong blockers. If the depth chart holds and Niklas gets healthy in training camp, we wouldn't be shocked if Housler were floated in trade offers by the Cards.

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Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says contract-year TE Rob Housler has had a "fantastic" offseason.

We're a bit skeptical about this coachspeak, particularly after the Cardinals' own website recently placed Housler on the roster bubble. A catch-first tight end, Housler's skill set has always been a tough schematic fit under Arians, who prefers his tight ends to be blockers. After Arizona drafted Troy Niklas in the second round, it's conceivable Housler will go on the trade block in camp. We've lost hope for his fantasy outlook in the desert.

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The Cardinals' website believes fourth-year TE Rob Housler will have to "work hard" to stay high on the 2014 depth chart.

The Cards' site isn't suggesting Housler has work ethic issues. He's simply not a fit for Bruce Arians' offense, which utilizes tight ends primarily to block. Arizona drafted Troy Niklas in the second round, signed John Carlson, and re-signed Jake Ballard. Housler, 26, could go on the trade block late in training camp. He'll never realize his pass-catching upside under Arians.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.