Fred Davis: Chasing history

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Granted, the Redskins miss the many talents of Chris Cooley, who’s on the mend with a broken hand, but Fred Davis is definitely making the most of his increased opportunities. With 423 receiving yards through six games, he’s on pace for 1,128. That’s a lot. In fact, only eight tight ends in NFL history have had more in a season, three of them – Tony Gonzalez (3), Kellen Winslow (2) and Todd Christensen (2) – multiple times. The list:

1,290 Kellen Winslow, Chargers, 1980

1,258 Tony Gonzalez, Chiefs, 2004

1,247 Todd Christensen, Raiders, 1983

1,205 Jackie Smith, Cardinals, 1967

1,203 Gonzalez, Chiefs, 2000

1,190 Pete Retzlaff, Eagles, 1965

1,174 Ben Coates, Patriots, 1994

1,172 Gonzalez, Chiefs, 2007

1,172 Winslow, Chargers, 1983

1,157 Antonio Gates, Chargers, 2009

1,153 Christensen, Raiders, 1986

1,145 Jason Witten, Cowboys, 2007

Note: Smith and Retzlaff did it in a 14-game season.

By the way, Shannon Sharpe’s top year was 1,107 yards with the Broncos in 1997.


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Dan Daly

Dan Daly

Dan Daly has been writing about sports for the Washington Times since 1982. He has won numerous national and local awards, appears regularly in NFL Films’ historical features and is the co-author of "The Pro Football Chronicle,” a decade-by-decade history of the game. Follow Dan on Twitter at @dandalyonsports –- or e-mail him at

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