With three consecutive full practices to his name, Niklas should be fine to serve as the Cardinals' No. 3 tight end, after logging just three snaps in Week 1.
The 52nd overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Niklas has a 6-6, 270-pound frame that should at least make him useful as a blocker, but he's struggled to stay healthy thus far.
In Sunday's regular season opener, Niklas was a distance third in terms of tight-end snaps, earning three to Jermaine Gresham's 24 and Darren Fells' 52 (among 62 for the offense).
Due to the lack of reps, it was no surprise that Niklas wasn't even targeted. In any case, the rare full showing in drills bodes well for active status yet again Sunday at Chicago, but he'll likely remain third in the TE pecking order.
Niklas, who caught three passes for 38 yards in 2014, is expected to be ready for training camp.
The unexpected retirement of
Carlson caught 33 passes for 350 yards and one touchdown last season.
Niklas was placed on injured reserve after undergoing ankle surgery last season.
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