Earlier this week, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official website published a list of five players who he thinks will have a significant impact this season. Two of the players listed are offensive skill players, and you probably don't need much time to guess whom they are.
Urban wrote tight end Rob Housler is "perhaps the most obvious choice" for a breakout player in Arizona for three reasons: Carson Palmer is the best quarterback he has played with; Housler will be needed in a receiving corps with only a few proven options; and new head coach Bruce Arians likes to use tight ends in the passing game. Plus, with his size and speed, Housler should be able to create matchup advantages.
Then there's wide receiver Michael Floyd , for whom Urban considers a breakout season to be a "given."
Urban added: "Floyd has been an important target during OTAs and minicamp, and there is little question the coaches are prepping him to take on a large load."
Both players have the athleticism and pass-catching skills to be productive in Arians' down-the-field scheme, and Arians talked highly of both Floyd and Housler earlier this year. Housler caught 45 passes last year, and Urban thinks 60 is a realistic total for this year. Housler is well worth a late-round pick if you get a steady, dependable tight end to put into your starting lineup, and let Housler prove himself on your bench.
Everybody seems to be predicting big things for Floyd this year. It helps that he caught eight passes on 14 targets for 166 yards and a score the last time we saw him on a football field. Arians likes to throw it deep, the Cardinals insist Palmer can still throw it deep, and Floyd can be a deep threat in this league. In 12-team leagues, Floyd should be one of the first guys you think about when drafting a WR4.