Rob Housler
Rob Housler
32-Year-Old Tight EndTE
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
Injury Hamstring
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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$Released by the Patriots in May of 2017.
Released by New England
TEFree Agent
May 17, 2017
Housler was released by the Patriots on Wednesday after failing a physical, Mike Reiss of reports.
According to Reiss, Housler pulled a hamstring during OTAs. His release leaves only James O'Shaughnessy and Matthew Lengel to square off for the No. 3 tight end job behind Rob Gronkowski and offseason pickup Dwayne Allen. However, once Housler returns to full strength, a return to New England isn't out of the question.
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How do Rob Housler's measurables compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 5"
250 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.55 sec
Shuttle Time
4.21 sec
Cone Drill
6.90 sec
Vertical Jump
37.0 in
Broad Jump
117 in
Bench Press
22 reps
Hand Length
9.75 in
Arm Length
34.50 in
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Rob Housler
Depth Chart Watch: Training Camp Job Battles
August 8, 2016
Andrew Fiorentino checks out the latest job battles with preseason games about to start this weekend, including the competition in Miami for the running back job.
2015 Team Preview: Cleveland Browns
July 23, 2015
Can Johnny Manziel rebound from a highly disappointing rookie campaign and grab hold of the Browns' starting quarterback job in 2015-16?
Depth Chart Watch: Training Camp Job Battles
July 18, 2015
Andrew Fiorentino breaks down the most important job battles across the league as training camp are about to open, including a quarterback battle in Buffalo.
2015 Team Preview: Arizona Cardinals
June 22, 2015
The loss of Carson Palmer in Week 10 due to a torn ACL sunk the Cardinals' playoff hopes last season. On the road to active status in Week 1, Palmers' health will likely determine the Cardinals' fate in 2015.
Wild-Card Rankings: Week 18 Value Meter
January 1, 2015
Will Le'Veon Bell be able to play against the Ravens? His status dramatically changes the projection for the Steelers-Ravens game Saturday night.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
With Martellus Bennett no longer on the team, Housler should enter the season as the top backup receiving option at tight end behind Zach Miller. However, Housler has yet to prove himself as a receiver in 65 career contests, as he's only posted 109 receptions for 1,166 yards and one touchdown. He’ll have an advantage in that he knows the offense after signing with the Bears late last year, though during those four games, including one start, he caught just three passes for 27 yards.
Housler was brought on during the offseason to help cushion the loss of Jordan Cameron, and will join a crowded group of mediocre tight ends that includes Gary Barnidge, Jim Dray and rookies Malcolm Johnson and Randall Telfer. Standing at 6-foot-5, Housler seemingly has the edge in earning the starting role, having collected nearly twice as many career receiving yards (1,133) as anyone else on the roster at the position. The Florida Atlantic product has been used sparingly in the red zone throughout his career, however, accumulating just 13 targets inside the 20 yardline over his first four seasons combined. Housler actually has more career receptions of 20+ yards than red zone targets, suggesting he does more damage in open space. If offensive coordinator John DeFillipo can find the right balance in the upcoming season, Housler could certainly be a name worth monitoring.
On a team where the top two wide receivers garner a combined 246 targets, it's hard for the tight end to get involved. That's what happened to Housler, who had the same limited-target pace last year as he did in 2012 with a much less stable quarterback situation. His preseason high ankle sprain didn't allow him to take the field until Week 3, and he only boasted two receptions heading into the sixth game of the season. Having Carson Palmer at quarterback certainly benefited him -- his yards per reception and yards per target jumped by two yards -- but playing a significant role in the offense was still difficult. Housler has good size at 6-5, 250 but isn't utilized in the red zone. This year, he could have a more difficult time with the arrival of free agent John Carlson, who likely will see a fair share of targets.
Forty-five receptions for 417 yards are mediocre numbers for a tight end, but considering Arizona's abhorrent quarterback play last season, they’re borderline miraculous. Housler began last season as Todd Heap's backup but finished as the No. 1 tight end in Arizona while Heap dealt with injuries. Heap's now gone, which means Housler has the starting job to himself. The addition of Carson Palmer should bring some stability to the offense, and Housler could see a bump in production. A shoulder injury knocked him out of Week 17, but Housler is expected to be healthy for the start of camp.
Begins the season behind Todd Heap on the depth chart, but he has impressed early in OTA's and training camp. With an increased role in the offense he will look to improve on his 12 catch rookie season.
Housler put his speed on display at the NFL Combine, running a tight end-best 4.55 40-yard dash. A late bloomer, Housler made himself a prospect after starting only one season at Florida Atlantic. The third-round pick could be in a position to contribute, even with veteran Todd Heap ahead of him. Housler will have to improve his blocking, but he's athletic and fast enough to garner serious attention if Heap goes down.
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Signed by Patriots
TENew England Patriots
January 19, 2017
The Patriots have signed Housler to a reserve contract for 2017, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
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Contract terminated by Bears
TEFree Agent
September 3, 2016
Housler will have his contract terminated, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Has two catchless targets Thursday
TEChicago Bears
September 2, 2016
Housler failed to catch either of his two pass targets Thursday against the Browns.
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Posts 17 receiving yards Saturday
TEChicago Bears
August 27, 2016
Housler caught his only pass target for 17 yards Saturday against the Chiefs.
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Catches two-point conversion Thursday
TEChicago Bears
August 19, 2016
Housler caught one pass for 52 yards as well as a two-point conversion in preseason action Thursday against the Patriots.
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