30-Year-Old Tight End – Arizona Cardinals
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
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 have Rob Housler and Jake Ballard, but bo...
John Carlson Contract Information:
Signed a two-year contract with the Cardinals in March of 2014.
Carlson (concussion) agreed to a two-year contract with the Cardinals on Friday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
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John Carlson: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)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.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)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.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)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.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Renewed concussion symptoms are threatening to hold Carlson out for a second game in a row, which may place Rhett Ellison in a prime position to catch his first pass since Week 12. Friday's injury report could seal Carlson's fate for Sunday's game in Cincinnati, but a game-time call could certainly be in his future.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Carlson was cleared from the league's protocol for head injuries earlier Wednesday and was immediately unhindered in drills. Barring a setback, he'll be available Sunday in Cincinnati, acting as the Vikings' clear-cut No. 1 tight end.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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.