The team has not formally announced it yet, but the player himself tweeted it, and it appears that the newest member of the Arizona Cardinals is Kyle Auffray, an undrafted tight end out of New Hampshire.
Knowing what we know about how head coach Bruce Arians likes to use the tight end, Auffrey just might have a shot at making the team.
RedC already chimed in with some of his thoughts on Auffray.
For a bigger body used primarily as a blocker in college, he does a decent enough job catching the ball. He ran a 4.73 40 a couple years ago and has been training hard this off-season to get back into the game, saying he's in the best shape of his football life. A stand-out at the NFL's Super Regional Combine, Auffray survived a field of over 2,600 other NFL hopefuls to reach the final event and parlayed that chance into a roster spot with the Cardinals. Pretty good for a guy who was ready to go play in Poland a few months ago.
Projection: Practice squad
Auffray is the definition of a long shot, but it's hard to bet against him at this point. He doesn't have to be dynamic, just consistent, to have a shot at the practice squad as a developmental third tight end. The team is pretty full at the position, but I don't see a lot of separation after Rob Housler and Jeff King. This could be a fun competition to watch.
His measurables look good. he is 6-6, 252 pounds, runs a 4.57 40, 4.15 short shuttle, 28 reps at 225, 6.72 L cone, 34 inch vert, 9'5 broad jump.
Here are some of his combine drills
The team already has Rob Housler, Jeff King, Jim Dray, Kory Sperry and seventh round pick D.C. Jefferson. Sperry was brought on late in 2012 and never played. Dray could be used as a versatile H-back, as he has been used as a tight end and fullback already. Plus, he has been a big special teams contributor. However, he has never done anything memorable on offense.
One would imagine that Housler, King and Jefferson are the favorites to make the team and that the team will carry four tight ends. Auffray would have a shot at the fourth slot. he has the physical traits you would like. He has size and speed. He has been a blocking guy before. He appears to be able to catch the ball.
Could we be looking at perhaps the team's great undrafted rookie story of 2013?
The team announced the signing, and that they released CB Prentiss Waggner. Here is Auffray team bio:
Auffray (6-5, 254) played 16 games at tight end at New Hampshire after beginning his collegiate career at Mississippi State as a quarterback. He played in all 13 games a senior in 2010 at New Hampshire and made seven starts at tight end, catching four passes for 34 yards and a touchdown and collecting 50 knockdown blocks. He attended Mississippi State from 2006-07 but didn't see any game action.
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