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Reports: Cardinals show interest in Toledo's Roberts, Ashland's Shaheen

The Arizona Cardinals lost tight end Darren Fells to free agency this offseason and will likely consider using a mid-to-late round draft choice on a tight end this year.

After locking up starting tight end Jermaine Gresham on a four-year contract that keeps him with the franchise through the 2020 season, the Arizona Cardinals appear to be turning their interest toward draft prospects.

While Arizona could certainly still sign a backup tight end on the free agent market, the Cardinals have reportedly scheduled workouts with a pair of draft-eligible tight ends in the past week.

According to Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com, the Cardinals have a workout scheduled with Toledo's Michael Roberts who is projected as a mid-to-late round selection in April's NFL Draft. Additionally, according to Bleacher Report's Brent Sobleski, Arizona has scheduled a workout with Ashland University's Adam Shaheen.

Though Roberts played in the Mid-American Conference and Shaheen played Division II ball in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference, both players received invites to the NFL Combine and had the opportunity to test in front of the Cardinals' brass that attended the event.

Shaheen ran a 4.79-second 40-yard dash time and recorded 24 reps on the bench press while Roberts checked in at 4.86 seconds in the 40-yard dash, but did not participate in the bench press at the Combine.

Even as a tight end, Shaheen was far and away his team's best receiver in 2016, recording 57 catches for 867 yards and 16 touchdowns. The 6-foot-6, 278-pounder is a former basketball player who converted to football and displays impressive athleticism for his size.

Roberts, meanwhile, is a bit smaller at 6-foot-4 and 270 pounds, but still nabbed 45 catches for 533 yards last season and like Shaheen, recorded 16 touchdown catches. 

Both Shaheen and Roberts have potential to develop into red zone targets and have the type of build Cardinals' head coach Bruce Arians looks for in tight ends, but NFL.com's draft profiles suggest both players need to improve their fundamental blocking skills, which are critical in an Arians-led offense. 


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