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The Best Arizona Cardinals Tight Ends Of All Time

Updated August 26, 2019 527 votes 48 voters 2.2k views40 items

List RulesVote up the players who had the most success playing tight end for the Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals have had some great tight ends throughout the franchise’s history. This list of past Cardinals tight ends features former greats, current impact players, and even future stars. As the tight end position increasingly becomes more of a focal point in the offensive schemes of today, one can only imagine what this list could look like in years down the road. No matter what happens in the evolution of this position, these Arizona tight ends have left a legacy for this that can’t be taken away. 

Great Arizona Cardinals players such as Jackie Smith, Doug Marsh, and Rob Awalt have gone down as some of the best tight ends in Cardinals franchise history.

So who is the greatest tight end in Arizona Cardinals history? Which of these tight ends has left a lasting legacy? Vote below for who you think is the best Arizona Cardinals tight end of all time!

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  • 1
    Jackie Smith

    1963-1977

    Cardinals stats: 198 games played, 480 receptions, 7,918 yards, 40 TDs

  • 2
    Jay Novacek

    1985-1989

    Cardinals stats: 63 games played, 83 receptions, 1,054 yards, 8 TDs

  • 3
    Doug Marsh
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    Doug Marsh

    1980-1986

    Cardinals stats: 92 games played, 167 receptions, 2,140 yards, 19 TDs

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    Rob Awalt
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    Rob Awalt

    1987-1989

    Cardinals stats: 44 games played, 114 receptions, 1,340 yards, 10 TDs

  • 5
    Freddie Jones
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    Freddie Jones

    2002-2004

    Cardinals stats: 48 games played, 144 receptions, 1,301 yards, 6 TDs

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    Jermaine Gresham

    2015-2018

    Cardinals stats: 58 games played, 97 receptions, 1,030 yards, 5 TDs

  • 7
    Darren Fells

    2014-2016

    Cardinals stats: 38 games played, 40 receptions, 536 yards, 4 TDs

  • 8
    J. V. Cain
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    J. V. Cain

    1974-1977

    Cardinals stats: 55 games played, 76 receptions, 1,014 yards, 9 TDs

  • 9
    Rob Housler
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    Rob Housler

    2011-2014

    Cardinals stats: 55 games played, 105 receptions, 1,133y ards, 1 TD

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    Taz Anderson
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    Taz Anderson

    1961-1964

    Cardinals stats: 46 games played, 69 receptions, 1,041 yards, 5 TDs

  • 11
    Leonard Pope

    2006-2008

    Cardinals stats: 42 games played, 48 receptions, 476 yards, 5 TDs

  • 12
    Johnny McWilliams
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    Johnny McWilliams

    1996-1999

    Cardinals stats: 59 games played, 51 receptions, 510 yards, 6 TDs

  • 13
    Chris Gedney
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    Chris Gedney

    1997-1998, 2000

    Cardinals stats: 45 games played, 55 receptions, 607 yards, 5 TDs

  • 14
    Ben Patrick

    2007-2010

    Cardinals stats: 42 games played, 45 receptions, 446 yards, 4 TDs

  • 15
    John Carlson

    2014

    Cardinals stats: 16 games played, 33 receptions, 350 yards, 1 TD

  • 16
    Todd Heap
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    Todd Heap

    2011-2012

    Cardinals stats: 12 games played, 32 receptions, 377 yards, 1 TD

  • 17
    Greg LaFleur
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    Greg LaFleur

    1981-1986

    Cardinals stats: 77 games played, 57 receptions, 673 yards, 3 TDs

  • 18
    Jim Dray
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    Jim Dray

    2010-2013, 2017

    Cardinals stats: 56 games played, 33 receptions, 302 yards, 2 TDs

  • 19
    Terry Hardy
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    Terry Hardy

    1998-2001

    Cardinals stats: 49 games played, 68 receptions, 461 yards, 3 TDs

  • 20
    Derek Ware
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    Derek Ware

    1992-1994

    Cardinals stats: 46 games played, 21 receptions, 229 yards, 1 TD

  • 21
    Adam Bergen

    2005-2006

    Cardinals stats: 30 games played, 43 receptions, 381 yards, 2 TDs

  • 22
    Al Chandler
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    Al Chandler

    1978-1979

    Cardinals stats: 19 games played, 21 receptions, 239 yards, 6 TDs

  • 23
    Jeff King
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    Jeff King

    2011-2012

    Cardinals stats: 32 games played, 44 receptions, 400 yards, 3 TDs

  • 24
    Jim McFarland
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    Jim McFarland

    1970-1974

    Cardinals stats: 61 games played, 7 receptions, 64 yards, 2 TDs

  • 25
    Troy Niklas

    2014-2017

    Cardinals stats: 41 games played, 19 receptions, 203 yards, 3 TDs