It's official: Tony Moeaki's rookie season is better than Tony Gonzalez's. The Kansas City Chiefs rookie tight end had four catches on Sunday moving him past Gonzalez for the most receptions by a rookie tight in franchise history. Whether the rest of Moeaki's career mirrors Gonzalez's remains to be seen.
Moeaki: 36 receptions, 438 yards, 3 TDs
Gonzalez: 33 receptions, 368 yards, 2 TDs
If he's going to turn in the best rookie season for a tight end in Chiefs history then he has some work to do but Moeaki's exceeded expectations in my mind. TE Walter White had 23 receptions for 559 yards and 2 TDs in his rookie season with the Chiefs while TE Fred Arbanas had 29 receptions for 469 yards and 6 TDs in his rookie year with the Dallas Texans.
Moeaki's consistency is perhaps my favorite part of his game. As a fantasy football player, you can make a good guess as to what you'll get: 3-4 receptions for 30-50 yards. In seven of his 11 games this year, he has at least three receptions and 34 yards.
We said before the season that we shouldn't raise our expectations of Moeaki just because he has the same first name as the greatest tight end in NFL history but, through one year, he's proving us wrong on that one.