How will Kory Sperry fit into the Cardinals' offense?
The Arizona Cardinals decided to cut ways with veteran tight end Todd Heap on Tuesday afternoon, making him a free agent that can sign with any other team. Heap had not played since week two and apparently coach Ken Whisenhunt felt that his spot on the roster was better served being used for someone else.
As his replacement, the team signed journeyman tight end Kory Sperry. Sperry previously played for both the Dolphins and, most recently, the San Diego Chargers in 2011. He has logged just 8 catches for 136 yards and a touchdown in his career. Ironically, that is as many touchdown receptions as Heap had in his two years with the Cardinals.
The Colorado State alum came out of college undrafted and has never truly found a home. He started on the Charger's practice squad where he was eventually picked up by the Dolphins.
I see Sperry being primarily used as a pass catching tight end for the Cardinals. This scouting report from Walter Football, which may be a bit outdated, shows that Sperry lacks the technique and upper body strength to be a good blocker both in the pass and run game. However, he features good speed at his position and can catch the ball well with his good hands.
As far as the future for Sperry, I am not sure what it holds. Frankly, I was somewhat surprised the Cardinals did not go with Steve Skelton, who knows the playbook that the Cards have and has worked with them for a while now as a member of the practice squad. He might have provided more in the blocking game as well.
We will see how Sperry turns out for the team. I am not expecting much from him in terms of snaps or production, but maybe we will be pleasantly surprised.