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|
Those MNF scores are hard to come by, many of them depending on how good your team is (and if it’s been deemed worthy of the spotlight). Only seven running backs have managed 10 or more.
And unlike quarterbacks with the most passing touchdowns on Monday night – a list that includes Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers and Eli Manning – only one (barely) active player (and not even a running back, at that) makes today’s list. It’s New York Jets‘ backup QB, Michael Vick.Follow @VinGetz
|PLAYER||MNF RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS||CAREER SPAN||WITH||MNF GAMES PLAYED|
|1.||Emmitt Smith||23||1990-2004||Dallas Cowboys||25|
|2.||Marcus Allen||17||1982-1997||Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs||27|
|3.||Eric Dickerson||14||1983-1993||Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis Colts||14|
|4.||John Riggins||13||1971-1985||New York Jets, Washington Redskins||17|
|5.||Terrell Davis||10||1995-2001||Denver Broncos||13|
|5.||Ahman Green||10||1998-2009||Green Bay Packers||15|
|5.||Chuck Muncie||10||1976-1984||New Orleans Saints, San Diego Chargers||9|
|8.||Ottis Anderson||9||1979-1992||St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants||13|
|8.||Jerome Bettis||9||1993-2005||Pittsburgh Steelers||17|
|8.||James Brooks||9||1981-1992||San Diego Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals||18|
|8.||Earl Campbell||9||1978-1985||Houston Oilers||9|
|8.||Tony Dorsett||9||1977-1988||Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos||25|
|8.||Franco Harris||9||1972-1984||Pittsburgh Steelers||19|
|8.||Edgerrin James||9||1999-2009||Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals||10|
|8.||Joe Morris||9||1982-1991||New York Giants||12|
|8.||Steve Young (QB)||9||1985-1999||San Francisco 49ers||25|
|17.||Pete Banaszak||8||1966-1978||Oakland Raiders||11|
|17.||Dorsey Levens||8||1994-2004||Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles||20|
|17.||Curtis Martin||8||1995-2005||New England Patirots, New York Jets||14|
|17.||Donovan McNabb (QB)||8||1999-2011||Philadelphia Eagles||17|
|17.||Michael Vick (QB)||8||2001-Present||Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles||10|
It’s part two of Sports List of the Day‘s three-part look at players with the most long touchdowns. Yesterday, we saw quarterbacks with the most long passing TDs. Today, how about running backs with rushing touchdowns of 50 yards or more?
And who has the most? Barry Sanders, with 15.
The great Jim Brown (high on just about every important career rushing list) and current New York Jet Chris Johnson are the only other two running backs in NFL history with 10 or more rushing touchdowns of at least 50 yards.
Recognize any of your personal fantasy RBs below? Some of these guys may not be the best running backs of all time (and most will never whiff the Hall of Fame), but surely they were go-to or filler players for your teams over the past 10+ years – Ahman Green, Fred Taylor, Warrick Dunn, Napoleon Kaufman and even actives MJD and DeAngelo Williams.
Hopefully you were playing them when they had their big runs.
Tomorrow, part three – receivers!
|RUNNING BACK||RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS, 50 YARDS OR MORE||WITH||CAREER SPAN|
|1.||Barry Sanders||15||Detroit Lions||1989-1998|
|2.||Adrian Peterson||13||Minnesota Vikings||2007-Present*|
|3.||Jim Brown||12||Cleveland Browns||1957-1965|
|4.||Chris Johnson||11||Tennessee Titans||2008-Present|
|5.||Ollie Matson||8||St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles||1952-1966|
|5.||Lenny Moore||8||Baltimore Colts||1956-1967|
|5.||O.J. Simpson||8||Buffalo Bills||1969-1976|
|5.||Robert Smith||8||Minnesota Vikings||1993-2000|
|5.||Fred Taylor||8||Jacksonville Jaguars||1998-2010|
|10.||Ahman Green||7||Green Bay Packers||1998-2009|
|10.||Maurice Jones-Drew||7||Jacksonville Jaguars||2006-Present|
|10.||DeAngelo Williams||7||Carolina Panthers||2006-Present|
|13.||Tiki Barber||6||New York Giants||1997-2006|
|13.||Jamaal Charles||6||Kansas City Chiefs||2008-Present|
|13.||Terrell Davis||6||Denver Broncos||1995-2001|
|13.||Tony Dorsett||6||Dallas Cowboys||1977-1988|
|13.||Warrick Dunn||6||Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons||1997-2008|
|13.||Napoleon Kaufman||6||Oakland Raiders||1995-2000|
|13.||Joe Perry||6||San Francisco 49ers||1948-1963|
|13.||Emmitt Smith||6||Dallas Cowboys||1990-2004|
|13.||LaDainian Tomlinson||6||San Diego Chargers||2001-2011|