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Height/Weight: 6-5/248 | Birthdate: 5/12/1984 | Birthplace: St. Cloud, MN, USA | Team: Arizona | College: Notre Dame | NFL Experience: 7 | Owned/Started%: 2/1
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Cardinals' Michael Floyd leads team in receiving yards vs. Rams


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd caught two of his three targets for a team-high 55 yards in his team's 12-6 win over the Rams in Week 15.

Floyd kicked off the team's second scoring drive by hauling in a 49-yard pass, beating his man deep and catching a perfectly placed ball before being brought down. He didn't have much more of an impact on the game, but the Cardinals resorted to ball control and excellent defense to pick up the win.

Larry Fitzgerald was the only Arizona player with more than two receptions, catching seven passes for 30 yards. Rookie John Brown caught two of his six targets for 22 yards. Tight end John Carlson and wide receiver Ted Ginn each caught their only target.

The Cardinals have a tough matchup on the schedule next week, facing the Seahawks at home in Week 16.


Cardinals get offensive contributions in narrow victory


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) The Cardinals got a slew of offensive contributions in their 17-14 win over the visiting Chiefs. Wideout Jaron Brown caught two passes for 48 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown, and running back Robert Hughes had a 36-yard reception.

Tight end Rob Housler made a 20-yard grab, wideout Ted Ginn had an 8-yard catch and tight end John Carlson added a 1-yard reception. Rookie receiver John Brown was targeted four times without a catch.

They'll all visit the Rams on Thursday.


Cardinals pass catchers make an impact Week 13


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) The Cardinals backup pass catchers managed to make an impact Week 13 against the Falcons.

Ted Ginn Jr. led the way, picking up 61 yards on four receptions. He finished second on the team in yardage during the game. John Brown only had two catches, but managed to pick up 40 yards. John Carlson also made the most of his receptions, picking up 38 yards. Stepfan Taylor only had one catch, but made it count. He hauled in a 3 yard touchdown from Drew Stanton in the fourth quarter.

They'll look for more Week 14 against the Chiefs. 


Cardinals WR John Brown paces tepid receiving attack in Week 12


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) Cardinals wide receiver John Brown caught three of his five targets for a team-high 61 yards in Arizona's 19-3 loss in Seattle in Week 12.

Brown's reception late in the third quarter was a thing of beauty, shaking off his coverage while djusting to an underthrown ball and barely keeping his toes in bounds while falling to the sideline. The play stood after being challenged by the Seahawks. Unfortunately, it was one of precious few highlights for the passing game against a stout Seattle defense.

Michael Floyd was held catchless on just two offical targets, and only four players on the Cardinals offense were able to haul in at least one reception. Running back Andre Ellington managed a team-high five catches, while tight end John Carlson caught three passes for 25 yards and wide receiver Jaron Brown hauled in three passes for 24 yards. Larry Fitzgerald was inactive with a sprained knee ligament.

The Cardinals offense will hope to bounce back with a likely easier matchup in Atlanta in Week 13.


Cardinals get offensive contributions Week 11


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) The Cardinals got many contributions in their Week 11 home win over the Lions. Among them, tight end John Carlson caught all three of his targets for 37 yards, and running back Robert Hughes had a 49-yard reception and a 2-yard carry.

Tight end Rob Housler made a 27-yard catch, tight end Troy Niklas had a 5-yard grab and wideout Jaron Brown added a 5-yard reception. Running back Stepfan Taylor ran twice for 6 yards and made a 4-yard catch. They'll all visit the Seahawks in Week 12.


Michael Floyd, other Cardinals pass catchers struggle Week 10


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) Cardinals wideout Michael Floyd had a rough game Week 10 against the Rams. 

Floyd hauled in just one pass, gaining 11 yards. He was targeted four times during the contest. Jaron Brown actually finished third in receiving on the day, picking up 35 yards on three catches. Tight end John Carlson had 33 yards on two receptions. Troy Niklas caught just one pass, gaining 17 yards. Ted Ginn Jr. also caught one pass, but gained 15 yards. Rob Housler gained 11 yards on his only catch.

Floyd and the crew will take on the Lions Week 11. 


Cardinals TE John Carlson targeted eight times


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) Cardinals tight end John Carlson drew a team-high eight targets in Sunday's win at Dallas and notched his first touchdown this year on a 7-yard catch in the second quarter. Carlson, however, finished with just two catches for 19 yards.

He'll play the Rams in Week 10.


Cardinals get offensive contributions Week 8


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) The Cardinals got a slew of offensive contributions in their 24-20 win over the Eagles. Among them, tight end John Carlson caught two of six targets for 16 yards and running back Robert Hughes had two catches for 13 yards.

Wideout Jaron Brown added a 7-yard reception. They'll all visit the Cowboys in Week 9.


Cardinals backup pass catchers find ways to chip in


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) The Cardinals received some contributions from their backups Week 7.

John Brown led the way, gaining 41 yards on two receptions. He also received one carry, but lost five yards. Tight end John Carlson also caught two passes, gaining 20 yards. Ted Ginn Jr. caught one ball for 19 yards. He also fumbled, but the Cardinals managed to recover.

Jaron Brown picked up 9 yards on a reception, and Rob Housler gained 7 yards on his only catch.

All five players will take on the Eagles Week 8. 


Cardinals to have a number of injured players Week 7


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) The Cardinals will have a number of their injured players available Week 7.

John Brown, John Carlson, Alex Okafor, Patrick Peterson, Frostee Rucker and Alameda Ta'amu are all active for the contest. Carlson, Rucker and Ta'amu all entered the game questionable. 


Cardinals include 12 players on final injury report for Week 7


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) The Cardinals have listed 12 players on their final injury report for Week 7 at Oakland. As expected, defensive end Calais Campbell (knee) and tight end Troy Niklas (ankle) were ruled out for Sunday.

Deemed questionable were tight end John Carlson (knee), inside linebacker Glenn Carson, defensive end Frostee Rucker (calf) and defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu (illness). Meanwhile, wide receiver John Brown (hamstring), Andre Ellington (foot), wide receiver Michael Floyd (groin), outside linebacker Alex Okafor (quad), quarterback Carson Palmer (shoulder) and Patrick Peterson (ankle) were all labeled as probable on the report.


Cardinals backup pass catchers contribute little Week 5


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) The Cardinals backup pass catchers contributed little Week 5.

Tight end John Carlson hauled in two catches for 19 yards. John Brown also caught two passes, but only gained 4 yards. Ted Ginn didn't catch a pass, but had a rushing attempt that went for -1 yards.

All three players will take on Washington Week 6. 


Cardinals get offensive contributions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer spread the ball around in the Week 1 win over the Chargers. Tight end John Carlson made a 20-yard catch, and tight end Rob Housler had a 16-yard reception on three targets.

Running back Robert Hughes caught a 7-yard pass. Wideout Jaron Brown had a 6-yard catch.


Cardinals sign John Carlson


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/7/2014) The Cardinals have signed tight end John Carlson to a two-year deal, reports the team's official website.

Carlson was released by the Vikings earlier this week. In 2013, Carlson had 32 catches for 344 yards and one touchdown.


John Carlson visits Cardinals


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/6/2014) Free agent tight end John Carlson is visiting the Cardinals on Thursday, reports the Arizona Republic.

Carlson was released by the Vikings earlier this week.


Report: Vikes to cut John Carlson


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) The Vikings will cut tight end John Carlson after being unable to work out a restructured contract with him, according to Fox Sports. Carlson suffered his third career concussion last season but had decided against retirement.

He was scheduled to earn $3.9 million in 2014.


Concussion ends John Carlson's season


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:17 pm ET) The Vikings put tight end John Carlson on injured reserve Saturday, bringing his season to an end as a result of a concussion. Carlson had been unable to practice throughout the week, and was already doubtful for Week 16.  

Carlson finishes the season with 32 receptions for 344 yards and a touchdown.  


Vikings list inactives for Week 15


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) The Vikings have made RB Adrian Peterson, OL Brandon Fusco, CB Chris Cook, TE John Carlson, QB Josh Freeman, RB Toby Gerhart and CB Xavier Rhodes inactive Week 15 against the Eagles.

Peterson and Gerhart will not play, leaving Matt Asiata with the full-time workload. Rhodes and Fusco were listed as doubtful heading into the game.


Three Vikings ruled out Week 15


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/13/2013) Vikings TE John Carlson, CB Xavier Rhodes and CB Josh Robinson have been ruled out Week 15 against the Eagles.

Carlson is dealing with a concussion, and has not practiced all week. Rhodes has an ankle injury, and was also held out of practice. Robinson is dealing with a chest issue.


John Carlson sits out with concussion


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2013) Vikings tight end John Carlson, who sustained a concussion Week 14 at Baltimore, did not practice Wednesday, reports ESPN.com. Minnesota hosts Philadelphia on Sunday.

John Carlson has to go through concussion protocol


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2013) Vikings coach Leslie Frazier announced Monday tight end John Carlson was diagnosed with a concussion after leaving Sunday's game at Baltimore and will go through the NFL concussion protocol leading up to Week 15 vs. Philadelphia.

Frazier also announced Monday starting tight end Kyle Rudolph will miss the rest of the season because of a foot injury he suffered Week 9.


John Carlson nets two catches before suffering concussion


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) Vikings tight end John Carlson didn't make much of an impact offensively before leaving Sunday's game against the Ravens with a concussion. After the game, coach Leslie Frazier said he didn't have any further update on Carlson's status.

Carlson was held to two catches for 19 yards before leaving the game in the second half. He was targeted four times.

The Vikings are back in action Week 15 vs. Philadelphia.


John Carlson more of a desperation Fantasy start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2013) With Kyle Rudolph inching closer to a return from a foot injury, Vikings tight end John Carlson's time in the starting lineup is nearing an end. But Carlson should remain in the starting lineup for Week 14 at Baltimore, so he still has some revelance in Fantasy leagues for at least one more week.

Tight ends haven't had great success against Baltimore. They average just 57.8 receiving yards and 7.3 Fantasy points per week. Tight ends have totaled just five touchdowns in 12 games and none in the last four games.

Carlson has averaged 66 receiving yards in his last four games and has filled in nicely for Rudolph. However, he isn't a great Fantasy option in standard formats. He could pass as a desperation option in PPR leagues, but Carlson doesn't have much Fantasy value Week 14.


John Carlson finishes with 61 yards Week 13


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2013) Vikings tight end John Carlson finished with four catches for 61 yards during a 23-20 overtime win Week 13 vs. Chicago. He was targeted six times.

Carlson was held to one catch for 6 yards in the first half and started to play better after Matt Cassel replaced Christian Ponder (concussion) at quarterback in the second half. Carlson has surpassed 60 receiving yards in three of his last four games, but he doesn't have a touchdown in three straight games.

The Vikings are back in action Week 14 at Baltimore.


John Carlson projects as No. 2 Fantasy TE Week 13


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/27/2013) Vikings tight end John Carlson was barely a factor the first time he faced the Bears in Week 2, totaling one catch for 7 yards. Carlson will likely play a bigger role Week 13 vs. Chicago since Kyle Rudolph remains sidelined by a foot injury.

Carlson did put together a few nice games before having an off-game Week 12 at Green Bay. Perhaps he will get back on track Sunday against the Bears.

Tight ends average 71.6 receiving yards and 8.5 Fantasy points per week against Chicago. However, tight ends have totaled just three touchdowns in 11 games against the Bears.

Rudolph is getting closer to a return, so Carlson's time as a viable Fantasy option could be nearing an end. Rudolph is still out Week 13, but the matchup isn't ideal for Carlson, who projects as more of a No. 2 Fantasy tight end.