Cards add a tight end, cut to 75

Posted by Darren Urban on August 27, 2013 – 11:13 am

The Cardinals made their last couple of moves to get to the mandated roster limit of 75 today. With one cut necessary, they actually added a player — tight end Richard Quinn, recently released by Cincinnati. With two cuts to make, the team released tight end Mickey Shuler and safety Javon Harris.

Quinn was originally a second-round draft pick by Denver in 2009. He played two seasons in Denver before being waived/injured in the 2011 preseason. He was signed much later in the season by the Redskins, playing one game for them, before signing with the Bengals, although he did not play in a game last season. At 6-foot-4, 265 pounds, Quinn is considered more of a blocking specialist. At this point, the Cards are going to be searching for tight ends, with Rob Housler (ankle) hurting, Jeff King (knee) just getting back to practice and other unknown quanities available. Jim Dray, with Housler down, is probably the No. 1 tight end right now. Kory Sperry and D.C. Jefferson struggled last game.

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14 Responses to “Cards add a tight end, cut to 75”

  1. By joe holst on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    They should have addresses this position in the offseason with Housler being hurt more often than not and as much as the offense is built around the tight end position. Also Left Tackle is looking to be a major weakness again.

  2. By John A. on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    Any Chance the cards take a look at Zach Miller, an Arizona native?

  3. By Darren Urban on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    John A —

    RE: Miller

    He plays for the Seahawks.

  4. By Dave P on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    Arizona’s TE’s always seem to be injured. If they aren’t they are dropping balls. I don’t think TE’s will be a factor in the offense at all.

  5. By georgiebird on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    this has been the most disappointing group of tight ends the Cards have had in a long, long time.
    Can’t anyone stay on the field or make a big play?
    One guy can catch and not block, the next guy can block not catch. All of them are usually doubtful or questionable. This goes on for the full 16 game schedule.
    Last big play by a TE was Ben Patrick Super Bowl Feb 2009 and that was his swan song..
    Oh for the days of Jackie Smith, Jay Novacek and Robert Awalt and to the memory of JV Cain.
    Hey BA, can we start all over with a new TE group??

  6. By TommyT on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    Every one in a while, Jeff King makes a good play. Since Ben Patrick and Pope, out rich ends have sucked. There is absolutely no excuse for all the passes Housler has dropped this season and D.C. Needs to find a way to get better. He looked bad too thus far.

  7. By Cardsalltheway on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    Undoubtedly, our worst position next to LT. Last year Carson Palmer threw to TE Brandon Myers enough times to make Myers one of the top TE’s in fantasy football. Even so, Myers was so inconsistent. Expect our TE posiition in 2013 to be much like last year, practically nonexistent.

    The 49ers cut Olympian Lawrence Okoye(DL), can we turn him into a TE? He couldn’t be worse than what we’ll have(unless an additional move is made) that’s for sure.

  8. By ored on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    TE will probably be next drafts agenda and maybe a QB to start out together.
    now if only our tackles would come around we could seriously look for a long term answer at pass rusher and someone to step in across from patrick.with hard work,a little work we could be contenders next year.

  9. By ored on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply


  10. By Coach K on Aug 27, 2013 | Reply

    I think we need to work Massey at left tackle. He is stronger than Potter and quicker than Levi. Massey might be the answer at Left Tackle. Potter is quick but not strong enough. Too light as well. Massey might be the answer if Levi falters.

  11. By clssylssy on Aug 28, 2013 | Reply

    The position of TE doesn’t ever seem to be a priority with the Cardinals and it seems this is a flaw with our management. Looking around the league at the teams who are repeated playoff contenders or just plain solid teams, they all have elite TEs. The tight end is a staple of most college teams so why aren’t our scouts focusing on finding talent that this needs desperately and could help take us to the next level. Vernon Davis, Jimmy Graham, Jason Whitten, Tony Gonzalez, Jermichael Finley, Dennis Pitta…these players are all as significant to the success of their teams as the QB or WR. This year the Cardinals had a long list of needs for the draft but passed on Tyler Eifert taking Jonathan Cooper instead. The O-line was suppose to be the focus for building, but, did we succeed at this or would a strong TE been a better choice for our number #1 pick? With the game becoming faster, and more teams using multiple TEs, it seems the Cards are not keeping pace with the times. One thing is certain and that is that we have to find a way for our players to be more physically fit and able to perform consistently against more durable and imposing competition. With all the consultants on this team perhaps they need to bring in a TE Specialist!

  12. By red bird of death! on Aug 28, 2013 | Reply

    Housler more like Dropler………..

  13. By Big Ken on Aug 31, 2013 | Reply

    I think Jeff King gets cut, but what’s the hold up? I’m guessing he’s having surgery so the Cardinals just can’t out right dump him in the gutter. They should have cut him early on. Is there some of that ‘dead money’ involved if they cut him? The coaching staff seem to be quietly high on Jim Dray.

  14. By Eazy E on Sep 7, 2013 | Reply

    Our TEs I have been saying for the whole offseason is a major weakness. Housler has a lot of talent but is injured now and has been underachieving as of late. Dray is a great special teamer but no. 1 TE is frightening. D.C. is a 7th round pick, so I don’t expect a whole lot from him and King is so injury-prone lately. Trouble brewing at the position and TE is so important these days to have a good one.

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