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Friday, November 6, 2009
Clark, Daniels help set record TE pace

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com’s Paul Kuharsky

Like many NFL followers, I was hoping Sunday’s Texans-Colts game would give us a chance to see both Dallas Clark and Owen Daniels, two of the league’s very best tight ends.

Unfortunately Daniels suffered a season-ending knee injury last week and won’t be a part of it.

I wonder how much his absence the rest of the season will affect the remarkable pace of tight ends around the league this year.

Clark is tied for fourth in the NFL with 46 catches and ranks seventh in yardage (584); Daniels is tied for ninth with 40 catches and is 15th in yards (519).

In all, tight ends are 14 of the top 51 pass-catchers and 12 of the top 51 in receiving yards and six of the top 51 in scoring.

According to the NFL, tight ends are on pace to break the NFL season record for the most receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches for the position.

Through Week 8, tight ends have totaled 1,018 receptions, 11,280 receiving yards and 87 touchdown receptions.

Can the fraternity pick up the slack from losing Daniels and still break those records? I suspect so.