We’ve covered some of this ground before, but if there is any question about the change in tight ends for the Cardinals and its impact on the offense, try this one on for size: After three games, the Cards’ tight ends — which right now means Jeff King and Todd Heap — have already gained 206 yards receiving.
Last year, the Cardinals’ tight ends as a whole gained 210 yards for the entire season.
In fact, it’s clear the Cards will blow past their tight end production for much of the recent past. In 2009, tight ends gained 245 yards on the season. In 2008, it was 237. In 2007, it was all the way at 357 yards. In 2006, it was 296 (with former DE/OT Fred Wakefield getting 24 of those — glory days!). The last time Cards tight ends cracked 400 yards in a season was 2005, when the Adam Bergen/Eric Edwards/Teyo Johnson gained 432 yards as a group.
Right now, King has four catches for 97 yards and Heap nine for 109. King also has two touchdowns, after tight ends got none in 2010. And the Cards have yet to utilize rookie Rob Housler, which figures to happen at some point.
Tags: Jeff King, Rob Housler, Todd Heap
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