Troy Niklas, TE, Cardinals
2015 Outlook:Last updated on Aug-20-2015 by Shawn Childs
Troy has a really short college resume after switching to the TE position in his sophomore season. In 2013 at Notre Dame, he caught 32 passes for 498 yards and five TDs. He has solid strength, but he needs to develop his receiving skill set. Niklas has upside, but he won't make a Fantasy impact if he can't stay healthy. A broken hand last June hurt his growth in training camp, and Troy suffered a high ankle sprain in early October. Last year, Niklas was on the field for only 90 plays, which led to only three catches for 38 yards. He underwent a procedure on his ankle this June after rolling it during a practice. The Cardinals completed just 50 passes for 568 yards and one touchdown to the tight end position last season. Niklas' biggest threat for catches is probably incoming rookie Gerald Christian. In two seasons at Louisville, Gerald caught 60 passes for 810 yards and nine TDs. Based on the talent at TE, there is no upside here, which bodes well for the Cardinals' wide receivers.
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