After morning practice on Tuesday, Arizona Cardinals head coach ken Whisenhunt was asked about second year tight end Rob Housler, who is very athletic -- tall and fast. Hit the jump to read what the coach had to say about a player we all hope can develop into something special offensively.
"One of the things we knew when we drafted him was how special he was athletically...but that doesn't always translate into being a good football player, and Rob has had a lot to learn. Last year, it seemed he would take two steps forward and then one step back, and then he had a couple of problems with injuries that he had to fight through. I give him credit. He has worked very hard this year and he's making some of those plays that you really like to see in what we've been doing. The big challenge for him is when we put the pads on is being able to continue that.
"I'm excited about being able to see him make some big plays for us down the field for us this year...but he's got to earn the right to do that. He's got to show up and be able to block and work on some of the technique things that have been part of the transition from college to the pros.
"I'm very pleased with his progress this spring..."
After having read that, are you any more excited about Housler than you were before? To me, it doesn't sound like anything different. Whiz talked about earning it, and that is his philosophy. It sounds like Housler has had issues with applying in pads the things he learns in the meeting room and in walkthroughs. Now, to be certain, this is normal for all young players, and Housler was a raw player when he was drafted.
It appears that he still has some work to do with blocking, and that is keeping him off the field in many formations.
But overall, I get the feeling that Housler is progressing as he should.
What are your thoughts?
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