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John Carlson

30-Year-Old Tight End – Arizona Cardinals

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After two years in Minnesota where he caught just one touchdown pass, Carlson comes to Arizona this season looking to have a bigger impact. The Cardinals also has Rob Housler, who is similar to Carlso...

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Bye Week:  4

HT: 6' 5"   WT: 248   DOB: 5/12/1984  College: Notre Dame  DRAFTED: 2nd Rd   Show ContractHide Contract


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Signed a two-year contract with the Cardinals in March of 2014.

September 15, 2014  –  John Carlson News

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Carlson gathered in 2-of-3 targets for 43 yards during Sunday's win against the Giants in New York. Additionally, he took the field for 66-of-68 offense snaps for the Cardinals, FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.

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John Carlson NFL Stats
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  Receiving Rec Distance Big Rec Games Rushing Kick Ret Punt Ret Fumbles
Year Age Team G Rec Yards TD Tar Avg YPT 20+ 40+ 100+ 150+ 200+ Att Yards Avg TD Yds TD Yds TD Tot Lost
2008 24 16 55 627 5 80 11.4 7.8 - - - - - 0 0 0.0 0 - - - - - -
2009 25 16 51 574 7 84 11.3 6.8 5 1 - - - 0 0 0.0 0 - - - - - -
2010 26 Sea 15 31 318 1 58 10.3 5.5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 28 Min 14 8 43 0 14 5.4 3.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 29 Min 13 32 344 1 47 10.8 7.3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 13 0 0 0 1 1
2014 30 Ari 2 3 63 0 4 21.0 15.8 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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John Carlson Fantasy/Red Zone Stats
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  Fantasy Points Per Game Receiving Stats Red Zone Targets Rushing Stats Red Zone Runs
Year Age Team G Standard PPR 0.5 PPR Rec/G Yds/G In20 In10 In5 Att/G Yds/G In20 In10 In5
2008 24 16 5.8 9.2 7.5 3 39 14 - - 0 0 0 - -
2009 25 16 6.2 9.4 7.8 3 36 14 7 5 0 0 0 0 0
2010 26 Sea 15 2.5 4.6 3.6 2 21 8 6 2 0 0 0 0 0
2012 28 Min 14 0.3 0.9 0.6 1 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
2013 29 Min 13 3.1 5.6 4.3 2 26 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 30 Ari 2 3.2 4.7 3.9 2 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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John Carlson – Playing Time Overview

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Offensive Snaps in 2014

John Carlson was on the field for 127 of his team's snaps on offense in 2014.


Special Teams Snaps in 2014

John Carlson was on the field for 0 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2014.

Year Off ST
2012 249 30
2013 497 87
2014 127 0
John Carlson 2014 Game Log
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  Snap Count Receiving Rec Distance Rushing Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret Red Zone Targets Red Zone Runs
Week Opp Off ST Rec Yards TD Tar Avg 20+ 40+ Att Yards Avg TD Tot Lost Yds TD Yds TD In20 In10 In5 In20 In10 In5
1 SD 61 0 1 20 0 1 20.0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 @NYG 66 0 2 43 0 3 21.5 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 SF
4 BYE Bye Week
5 @Den
6 Was
7 @Oak
8 Phi
9 @Dal
10 StL
11 Det
12 @Sea
13 @Atl
14 KC
15 @StL
16 Sea
17 @SF

A blank stat line is used above whenever a player was not on the field for any plays in the game that week.

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As Compared To Other Tight Ends
Height:   6' 5"
Weight:   248 lbs
40-Yard Dash:   4.72 sec
Shuttle Time:   4.28 sec
Cone Drill:   7.12 sec
Arm Length
Not Available
Hand Length
Not Available
Vertical Jump:   36 in
Broad Jump:   113 in
Bench Press:   20 reps
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John Carlson: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Carlson played 61-of-70 offensive snaps during Monday's win versus the Chargers, FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.

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Carlson had a touchdown reception called back in Saturday's preseason game, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official website reports.

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Carlson (concussion) agreed to a two-year contract with the Cardinals on Friday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

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Another concussion last season had Carlson contemplating retirement (reportedly), but he said last month that he felt "great" and will now head to Arizona on a two-year deal. The 29-year-old caught just one touchdown in his two seasons with Minnesota (27 games), but considering Carson Palmer's propensity for dumping off to the tight end, it's at least possible Carlson could return to fantasy relevance in 2014.
Carlson was released by the Vikings on Monday, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports 1 reports.

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While the Vikings and Carlson's reps were attempting to hash out a restructure of the three years remaining on his contract, he'll instead enter the world of free agency, which he may find hostile due to a mere 40 receptions (on 61 targets) for 387 yards and one touchdown in his two seasons in Minnesota.
Carlson (concussion) said that he plans to play in 2014, the Star Tribune reports. "I never once said I was going to retire; I said I'm going to evaluate this just like I do every year," Carlson said Saturday. "I've gone through that process, and I feel great. It's a serious thing, but ... Iím not done, and the doctors are telling me that itís OK that Iím not done."

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Carlson apparently feels that an earlier report misrepresented him, though his own words are a bit confusing. He said that he is going to evaluate the option of retirement, but he also strongly implied that he will play in 2014. He's clearly aware of the danger involved for players with a concussion history, yet it seems the veteran tight end is not quite ready to hang his cleats up. With Kyle Rudolph expected to return from a foot injury in 2014, Carlson will likely either be released or serve as the Vikings' backup tight end.
Carlson (concussion) said that he may consider retirement this offseason, the Star Tribune reports.

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Carlson (concussion) was placed on season-ending injured reserve Saturday, USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports.

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With Kyle Rudolph (foot) already out for the season, Minnesota has now lost its top two tight ends. In Carlson's absence, Rhett Ellison handled most of the Week 15 snaps, but it was Chase Ford (two receptions for 55 yards) who provided the team's only receiving production at the position. Ford and Ellison both figure to see significant playing time over the last two weeks of the season, with Ellison likely seeing more snaps, but Ford looming as the superior receiving threat. Outside of deeper formats, it's probably safe to ignore both of Minnesota's healthy tight ends in Week 16.

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Carlson is likely to serve as the No. 2 TE behind Kyle Rudolph, which leaves him with little to no fantasy value in the Vikings' run-first offense.


The Vikings will likely utilize frequent two-tight end sets with both Carlson and Kyle Rudolph on the field after Carlson was signed as a free agent in the offseason. It's not clear if either tight end will emerge as the primary target and the two may split the targets that normally go to tight ends. However, with a murky wide receiver situation after Percy Harvin, it's possible the Vikings may significantly increase passes thrown to tight ends.


This time last year, Matt Hasselbeck was touting Carlson as a fantasy sleeper. But the Seahawks virtually ignored him last season after he previously played an important role in the Seattle passing attack. His eight red-zone targets were a far cry from the 14 he received the previous season. And his 58 targets were far off his 82-target career pace. In fact, in eight games last season, Carlson had no more than one reception and failed to catch a pass in two games. Carlson is a good athlete who runs crisp routes and can be an asset in the passing game. He likely won't figure any better into the offensive gameplan this season, though. The Seahawks, who have a new offensive coordinator and a new quarterback, signed Zach Miller to be the starting tight end. If that leaves Carlson anywhere but out in the cold it will be a surprise.


Carlson came within four receptions and 53 yards of his standout rookie campaign last year and actually scored two more touchdowns, but he didn't have the same fantasy impact last season as he did in 2008. Carlson was largely a victim of circumstance last season -- Seattle's offense was awful, and it all but ignored the tight end for weeks at a time. Nearly half (49.1 percent) of Carlson's 574 yards came in four games. He averaged more than seven targets per game in the first eight games, but then disappeared. In seven of his last eight games, Carlson totaled 11 receptions on 18 targets. He found a bit of fantasy redemption in the last four weeks, though, scoring a touchdown in each game. But by then it was too late for fantasy owners. As if all that didn't make Carlson enough of a question mark heading into this season, the Seahawks have a new regime in place under former USC coach Pete Carroll. If Matt Hasselbeck's Tweets are to be believed, Carlson will be used in the slot this season after the Seahawks signed Chris Baker as their blocking tight end. Hasselbeck called Carlson "this year's fantasy sleeper." Perhaps, but this remains one of the many unresolved issues for the Seahawks offense.


Carlson set single-season franchise records for receptions (55) and yards (627) by a tight end. He also scored five touchdowns off of 14 red-zone targets. This was truly a feat, given that starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck missed nine games. This year, Hasselbeck, Deion Branch and Nate Burleson should be healthy, and newcomer T.J. Houshmandzadeh will help open up the passing game for the Seahawks. While this means more mouths to feed overall, Hasselbeck guided former Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens to a career-year in Seattle a few seasons ago, so he does look for the tight end. Look for the Carlson to build on the 80 targets (11th for tight ends) he received during his rookie campaign, now that he has a healthier, more potent offense. Just keep in mind that Houshmandzadeh could cut into his red-zone looks.


The Seahawks like to use their tight ends, but they didn't get much out of last yearís starter Marcus Pollard, who had just 35 targets and 28 receptions. With Pollard gone, 2008 second-round pick John Carlson will battle incumbent Will Heller and free-agent Jeb Putzier for the starting spot. Carlson, whose 100 receptions rank second in Notre Dame history among tight ends, has the most upside, and the Seahawks likely didn't draft him to be a backup. Whoever wins the starting job could see a decent amount of work. Seattle targeted its tight ends 15 times in the red zone last season.