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89 John Carlson TE
Height/Weight: 6-5/248 | Birthdate: 5/12/1984 | Birthplace: St. Cloud, MN, USA | Team: Arizona | College: Notre Dame | NFL Experience: 7 | Owned/Started%: 2/0
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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
(12/21/2013) 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.


John Carlson cools off Week 12


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2013) Vikings tight end John Carlson finally cooled off Week 12 at Green Bay following two strong performances. After totaling 12 catches for 167 yards and one touchdown in his previous two games, Carlson was held to three catches for 36 yards Sunday.

He was targeted five times and his longest catch went 15 yards. The Vikings are back in action Week 13 vs. Chicago.


John Carlson has high potential for letdown Week 12


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2013) Vikings tight end John Carlson has been on a roll since replacing the injured Kyle Rudolph in the starting lineup, totaling 12 catches for 167 yards and one touchdown in his last two games. Will his good fortunes continue Week 12 at Green Bay?

Tight ends are averaging 57.8 receiving yards and 7.8 Fantasy points per week against Green Bay. Though, the Packers have played well against tight ends as of late. Tight ends have no touchdowns in the last four games after totaling five in the first six games, while averaging 34.3 receiving yards and 3.0 Fantasy points in the last four games.

Carlson played pretty well against a good defense last week in Seattle, though he didn't get a touchdown, which resulted in a pretty average Fantasy day in standard formats. The Packers don't present the easiest matchup for Carlson, so despite his recent run lately, there's plenty of potential for a letdown Week 12.


John Carlson leads team with 69 yards


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2013) Vikings tight end John Carlson continued to play well, as he led the team in receiving yards during Sunday's loss to the Seahawks in Week 11.

Carlson caught three passes of 15-plus yards, including a 30-yard grab in the fourth quarter. He was targeted seven times and finished with five catches for 69 yards in a 40-21 defeat.

Carlson has been targeted at least six times in his last three games and has 16 catches for 190 yards and a touchdown over that span. He'll look to keep rolling against the Packers in Week 12.

John Carlson hoping for another big game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/15/2013) Vikings tight end John Carlson will be looking to keep his recent success going against the Seahawks in Week 11.

Carlson had a monster performance in Week 10 against the Redskins, racking up a career-high 98 yards and a touchdown on seven receptions. Carlson only has 18 receptions for 159 yards and a touchdown this year, but he's been targeted at least six times in back-to-back games.

Carlson will face a stingy Seattle defense that has allowed two touchdowns over the past six games to opposing tight ends and only three in total this season. Opposing tight ends have scored 5.80 Fantasy points per game this season.

Even though he went off last week, Carlson is obviously not a yards monster, so the only way you'll have any sort of success is if he's in the end zone. That said, he's way too risky to count on this week. Consider him a low-end option in most formats for Week 11.

John Carlson with career night in win


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2013) Vikings tight end John Carlson had a monster performance Thursday night Week 10 during a win over Washington. Carlson led the Minnesota receiving corps with seven receptions for a career-high 98 yards and a touchdown.

Seeing more action with Kyle Rudolph injured and inactive, Carlson took full advantage by getting open for quarterbacks Christian Ponder and later Matt Cassel. Carlson caught a 28-yard TD pass from Ponder in the third quarter that was huge towards the Vikings' comeback.

Carlson had done little on the season up to this point. That said, with Rudolph possibly out longer, it looks like Carlson will fit in nicely as the starting tight end in his place. The Vikings play at Seattle Week 11.

John Carlson still not an option


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2013) With the announcement that Kyle Rudolph will miss some extended action due to an injury, Vikings tight end John Carlson comes front and center into the offense for the Week 10 Thursday night home game against Washington.

Carlson had season highs last week with four catches for 23 yards and will look for more production on Thursday against the Redskins. Washington has given up six TE touchdowns this season over 33 receptions for 351 yards. That puts them middle of the pack in terms of Fantasy points allowed to the TE position.

Still, they held Antonio Gates of the Chargers in check last week and have only allowed two touchdowns to tight ends in the last five weeks. Carlson should be considered a low-end option for Week 10.

Vikings spread ball around to receivers


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2013) Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder really spread the ball around on Sunday during the Week 9 loss at Dallas. Ponder found nine different receivers for at least one catch in the game. 

Among the receivers making minor contributions to the loss against the Cowboys was wideout Jarius Wright. Wright caught three passes for 31 yards in the game. He saw five targets from Ponder. 

Wide receiver Jerome Simpson caught two passes for 24 yards in the game. He saw five targets as well. Rookie Cordarrelle Patterson, who is also a return man for the Vikings, had three grabs for 13 yards. 

Tight end John Carlson had four receptions in the game for 23 yards. He saw six targets to finish second on the team behind Greg Jennings. Fullback Jerome Felton had one catch for 11 yards and backup RB Toby Gerhart had one grab for 6. Minnesota next takes the field Week 10 on Thursday at home against Washington. 


John Carlson makes a catch


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/28/2013) Vikings tight end John Carlson drew three targets against the Packers, but finished with just a 3-yard reception. It was his seventh catch this season.

Carlson visits Dallas in Week 9.


Vikings get offensive contributions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2013) The Vikings got several small offensive contributions in their loss to the Giants. Running back Toby Gerhart caught two balls for 17 yards, wideout Jarius Wright caught a 13-yard pass, tight end John Carlson had a 9-yard reception and fullback Jerome Felton had a 1-yard grab.

Wright was targeted five times, fourth-most on the team.


John Carlson has 12 receiving yards


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/13/2013) Vikings tight end John Carlson caught two passes for 12 yards in Sunday's 35-10 loss to the Panthers. Carlson had three catches for 14 yards in his previous four games this season. He now has four games in a row with a catch. 

The Vikings face the Giants in Week 7, on Monday night. 


John Carlson makes one Week 4 catch


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2013) Vikings tight end John Carlson caught one pass for 4 yards during the Week 4 win against Pittsburgh from London Sunday. Carlson was targeted twice during the game by quarterback Matt Cassel. The Vikings are on bye Week 5 and return Week 6 against Carolina. 

John Carlson trying to prove worth


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/8/2013) Vikings tight end John Carlson enters this season trying to prove he still belongs in the NFL and to have a role in Minnesota, reports the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

"Every football player knows if you don't perform or are continually injured, ultimately you're not going to be playing anymore," Carlson said. "You have to continually remind yourself in the grind you don't know how long it's going to last. Training camp's a grind, but I love the fact that I can be out here, and I'm thankful for the opportunity."