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Thursday, April 23, 2009
Gonzalez: By the numbers

By Pat Yasinskas

Posted by's Pat Yasinskas

The Atlanta Falcons got a league-low 211 receiving yards out of their tight ends last season. At that pace, it would have taken the Falcons about 50 years to get what they added Thursday.

That's Tony Gonzalez, who is the NFL leader in career receiving yards by a tight end with 10,940. He's also the career leader for receptions (916) and touchdown catches (76) by a tight end. Gonzalez also has been selected to 10 Pro Bowls, the most ever by a tight end.

Anybody think offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey, who seemed to have his tight ends blocking on every play last season, might be putting a few new pages into the playbook right now?