It's not much of a surprise that the Arizona Cardinals group of tight ends isn't highly regarded around the league. It is concerning, however, that the team's crop at the position is thought to be the worst in the NFL.
A recent report on NFL.com identified Arizona as having the worst group of tight ends in the NFL.
To the Cardinals credit, the opinion acknowledges that coach Bruce Arians and the Arizona offense doesn't value tight ends much in their offensive scheme, so if the team was to slack in a specific area, this would probably be the one.
Not helping the team's cause was the surprising retirement of John Carlson. Carson was no dynamic playmaker himself but he was the best that the Cardinals had to offer at the position.
Now left on the roster are a host of relative unknowns headlined by Troy Niklas and Darren Fells.
In addition to the tight end position, the report also suggests that Arizona is honorable mention for the worst linebacking corp in the league.
Report: Cardinals have worst tight ends in NFL
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