The tight end watch is getting really interesting. Already this season, Jason Witten became only the third tight end in NFL history to breach the 10,000-receiving yards plateau. He’s now second all-time behind Tony Gonzalez after surpassing Shannon Sharpe just yesterday.
Twelve-year San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates is now at 9,556 yards and needs to average just 50 yards a game the remainder of this season to become the fourth member of the 10,000-yard club.
When it comes to tight ends with the most career receiving touchdowns, there are definitely some differences.
It’s still Gonzalez at the top (he is arguably the greatest offensive TE, ever), but it’s Gates this time who’s actually pretty close to topping the record, as opposed to Witten (much farther) in the yards chase. No way Gates will do it this season – he still needs 18 TDs to break the record. So it will be dependent on whether he returns for 2015. That would most certainly clinch it.
Rob Gronkowski already has 46 touchdowns and just made the pros in 2010. Jimmy Graham has 44 and also came through in 2010. These guys have a long way to go yet in the yards department, far below their more aggressive TD pace (but understandable given the short sample of about 3.5 seasons).
Makes you think…there are three kinds of “offensively-performing tight end types”: those who specialize more in scoring, those who collect yards (and probably rescue the quarterback quite often) and the elite who do both.Follow @VinGetz
|TIGHT END||RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS||FROM||TO|
Not only is DeMarco Murray throwing an MVP-worthy season on the grid this season and is now amongst the all-time leaders with consecutive 100-yard rushing games (still active, by the way), he’s on pace to break a couple records, including most carries in a season.
Johnson holds the all-time record with 416 for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2006.
Murray, at 26.5 carries per game, will finish with 424 if he keeps it up.Follow @VinGetz
|RUNNING BACK||RUSHING ATTEMPTS||SEASON||TEAM|
|1.||Larry Johnson||416||2006||Kansas City Chiefs|
|2.||Jamal Anderson||410||1998||Atlanta Falcons|
|3.||James Wilder||407||1984||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|4.||Eric Dickerson||404||1986||Los Angeles Rams|
|5.||Eddie George||403||2000||Tennessee Titans|
|6.||Gerald Riggs||397||1985||Atlanta Falcons|
|7.||Terrell Davis||392||1998||Denver Broncos|
|7.||Ricky Williams||392||2003||Miami Dolphins|
|9.||Eric Dickerson||390||1983||Los Angeles Rams|
|9.||Barry Foster||390||1992||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|11.||Eric Dickerson||388||1988||Indianapolis Colts|
|12.||Jamal Lewis||387||2003||Baltimore Ravens|
|12.||Edgerrin James||387||2000||Indianapolis Colts|
|14.||Ricky Williams||383||2002||Miami Dolphins|
|15.||Walter Payton||381||1984||Chicago Bears|
|16.||Marcus Allen||380||1985||Los Angeles Raiders|
|17.||Eric Dickerson||379||1984||Los Angeles Rams|
|18.||George Rogers||378||1981||New Orleans Saints|
|19.||Emmitt Smith||377||1995||Dallas Cowboys|
|20.||Michael Turner||376||2008||Atlanta Falcons|