Cardinals rookie Troy Niklas out until training camp
The Arizona Cardinals have a plethora of tight ends that includes Rob Housler, Jake Ballard, John Carlson and now Troy Niklas. Even with the depth, an injury in OTAs usually effects player growth, especially in rookies. The Cardinals 2014 second-round draft pick Troy Niklas has suffered multiple setbacks on his path to the NFL as he missed early OTAs recovering from hernia surgery. The Notre Dame product certainly does not have the luck of the Irish considering he is now out until training camp with a broken hand. According to Adam Green of Arizona Sports, head coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday after minicamp: “He twisted his finger in a jersey the other day and broke his hand, he’ll miss until we get ready for camp.”
Niklas has an intriguing story as he was a highly recruited outside linebacker coming out of high school and played the position throughout his Freshman year at the University of Notre Dame. In three seasons at Notre Dame, two playing tight end, Niklas caught 37 passes for 573 yards and compiled six touchdowns. These numbers do not scream out at you, but they are impressive for someone who has only 20 starts at the position.
Even with the signings of John Carlson and Jake Ballard, fans have remained skeptical and weary of Arizona’s tight ends since Rob Housler has not lived up to expectations. Yet, this is not the same story because even with his inexperience, Niklas definitely has the size, strength, stature and potential perfect for the tight end position. Even if it takes a season or longer backing up the talented and athletic John Carlson, it is obvious that Niklas will do whatever it takes to become the best player he can be. Standing 6-foot-6, weighing 270 pounds, the 21-year-old is unquestionably the future starting tight end in Arizona.
Phoenix Sports-Kings Assistant Site Manager Ian Johnson @IanJohnsonSK