When's the last time we had a franchise Tight End?

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  1. egomaniac247

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    Disclaimer: I became a Cardinals fan around the early 2000's. I fully admit I am doing this "fan stuff" completely backwards because I USED to be a Patriots fan prior to the early 2000's and adopted the Cardinals after the Pats won the 2004 Superbowl.


    So anyways I caught the tail end of Plummer, but Josh McCown was the first Arizona QB I came to really appreciate. I was around for the Josh vs Navarre debates, then along came Warner, we tried the Leinart thing, went back to Warner, had the whole absolute few-year train wreck with Kolb/Anderson/Hall/Lindley/Bartel/Hoyer......sigh....then onto Carson and so forth.



    So I'm asking this question: Why in the heck have we not been able to find a stud TE, much less even just a TE that consistently contributed?


    Off the top of my head I remember Pope, Seals-Jones, Freddie Jones, Bergen, King, Fells, Housler, Dray, Heap, Patrick, blah blah blah. Gresham hasn't done anything and Niklas was a dud.

    I mean, I guess if we go back in time far enough we had Novacek but he really made his name in Dallas I would think.
     
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    Jay Novacek?
     
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    nahhhh he didn’t become that tilll he was in Dallas.
     
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    Him and Rob Awalt where actually franchise aquality TEs but old man Bidwill did not want to spend the money on both and in typical Cardinals fashion Awalt turned out to then have the injury bug... Novacek was good before Dallas
     
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    Novacek
     
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    Cardinals should have kept Novacek.

    It's a curse I tell you! :p
     
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    Does Gersham getting paid like a franchise TE count?
     
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    Jackie Smith.
     
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    Freddie Jones was a alright TE :)
     
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    We've had a ton of franchise tight ends, the problem is, they've all been cheerleaders.
     
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    He was OK. Nothing special. In 5 years was little used and didn’t explode as a franchise TE until he became a Cowboy.
     
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    :) Arizona-Cardinals-Cheerleaders.jpg
     
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    I assume you mean a joker, aka F (flex), aka U tight end instead of a traditional Y (mostly blocking) TE?

    Gresham was OK (not great, but had some production ) in that role in Cinci. Once we got him we didn't use him as much and when we did it seemed like he would make drops at key times.

    Cards are allergic to hybrid TEs on both sides of the ball. Dynamic offenses often make use of joker TEs.
     
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    Jackie Smith, JV Cain, and Doug Marsh are about the only ones I can recall.
     
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