Do the Arizona Cardinals have enough talent at tight end?

Christian Petersen

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians offense is geared to two multifaceted tight ends. Is the players currently on the roster enough or are changes needed?

For consecutive years, starting tight end Jeff King is missing the offseason workouts with a leg ailment, a knee being scoped that will probably set him back until minicamp at the earliest and training camp at the latest.(He also had a quadriceps injury in 2012.)

In a Bruce Arians offense, this must be akin to losing his Kangol hat without sunscreen...it has to burn.

Not that King would be the New England Patriots' Aaron Hernandez to Rob Housler's Rob Gronkowski (minus the icky forearm infections and weird Vegas dances, of course) - but that his health has to concern the head coach who's vertical principles are founded on two outside- the- tackle guys that can both block AND catch the rock.

And while I couldn't put it more eloquently than ROTBer RedC with his post about a month ago, I'm still leery about the current roster's ability to be the players that Arians perceives they should be.

While the club currently is holding seven tight ends, other than the incumbents Housler, King and Jim Dray, only vagabond Kory Sperry (he of the eight catches in three seasons) has more than a year experience. And Dray is thought more of a special teamer than anything else. Seventh round pick D.C Jefferson, newcomers Alex Gottlieb and Kyle Auffray offer potential but may be a little green behind the ears.

Would it be wise to find another tight end behind "Door Number 2" as Arians said about the quarterback situation or let it play out? Veteran pass catching ends like Dallas Clark and Kevin Boss are still on the market (and there's an underlying reason why they are) while younger guys like Jake O'Connell and Travis Beckum are still awaiting their gold ticket. (And there's more than likely, also a reason why.) Heck, even former Card and Arians player with the Steelers, Leonard Pope - is looking for employment.

Former GM Rod Graves went the alternate route in signing longtime Baltimore Ravens TE (and homestate hero) Todd Heap to a 2 year contract in 2011 that ended being almost as foolish as the Stewart Bradley one. It wasn't close to working out and casted a pall over the organization.

If King comes back healthy before training camp -which is expected - should the Cardinals still look for help other than the younger players already on the 90? Or with them comfortably under the salary cap pull the trigger on a veteran?

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