Chasing a Record

11/11/2004
Coates_Ben_250-175Eric Johnson of the San Francisco 49ers  is on pace to set the NFL record for catches in a season by a tight end.

The fourth-year player from Yale has hauled in 51 receptions for 547 yards in eight games this season. As such, he is on pace for 102 catches and 1,094 yards that would surpass the NFL mark held by Ben Coates (left) who had 96 receptions in 1994 for the New England Patriots .

Here's a breakdown on how Johnson stacks up against Coates' record-setting season when he had 96 receptions for 1,174 yards and 7 touchdowns.

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Opponent
No.
Yds.
Avg.
LG
TD
Atlanta Falcons
8
86
10.8
16t
1
at New Orleans Saints
5
60
12
25
0
at Seattle Seahawks
5
39
7.8
10
0
St. Louis Rams
10
113
11.3
18
0
Arizona Cardinals
13
162
12.5
23
1
at New York Jets
4
24
6
10
0
at Chicago Bears
1
9
9
9
0
Seattle Seahawks
5
54
10.8
19
0
Total
51
547
10.7
25
2
First Half of Season
 
Second Half of Season
Opponent
No.
Yds.
Avg.
LG
TD
Opponent
No.
Yds.
Avg.
LG
TD
at Miami Dolphins
8
161
20.1
62t
2
at Cleveland Browns
3
24
8.0
11
0
Buffalo Bills
9
124
13.8
31
2
Minnesota Vikings
10
74
7.4
18
0
at Cincinnati Bengals
8
108
13.5
23
0
San Diego Chargers
2
22
11.0
13
0
at Detroit Lions
4
49
12.3
21
1
at Indianapolis Colts
12
119
9.9
16
0
Green Bay Packers
6
87
14.5
26
0
New York Jets
2
21
10.5
13
0
Los Angeles Raiders
9
123
13.7
26
0
Indianapolis Colts
6
68
11.3
37
1
at New York Jets
7
92
13.1
39
0
at Buffalo Bills
5
59
11.8
22
1
Miami Dolphins
2
17
8.5
9
0
at Chicago Bears
3
26
8.7
11
0
Total
53
761
14.4
62t
5
Total
43
413
9.6
37
2

The following are the most catches in a single season by each of the six tight ends who've been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Dave Casper
1978
Oakland Raiders
62
852
13.7
9
Mike Ditka
1964
Chicago Bears
75
897
12.0
5
John Mackey
1967
Baltimore Colts
55
686
12.5
3
Ozzie Newsome
1983
Cleveland Browns
89
970
10.9
6
1984
Cleveland Browns
89
1,001
11.2
5
Jackie Smith
1967
St. Louis Cardinals
56
1,205
21.5
9
Kellen Winslow
1980
San Diego Chargers
89
1,290
14.5
9

 

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