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Kansas City Chiefs Community Projections: Tony Gonzalez

Between commitment ceremonies, TV shows with Oprah and being the no. 1 tight end on my fantasy team, Tony Gonzalez is a pretty busy guy. And even with all of his other gigs, he's managed to remain one of the top tight ends in the league since he came here in 1997 as the #13 overall pick. Check out his all time stats to help you with your projection:

G GS Rec Yds Avg Long TD
2006 Kansas City Chiefs 15 15 73 900 12.3 57 5
2005 Kansas City Chiefs 16 16 78 905 11.6 39 2
2004 Kansas City Chiefs 16 16 102 1258 12.3 32 7
2003 Kansas City Chiefs 16 16 71 916 12.9 67 10
2002 Kansas City Chiefs 16 16 63 773 12.3 42T 7
2001 Kansas City Chiefs 16 16 73 917 12.6 36 6
2000 Kansas City Chiefs 16 16 93 1203 12.9 39 9
1999 Kansas City Chiefs 15 15 76 849 11.2 73T 11
1998 Kansas City Chiefs 16 16 59 621 10.5 32 2
1997 Kansas City Chiefs 16 0 33 368 11.2 30 2
TOTAL 721 8710 12.1 73 61

Tony is another Chiefs player who shouldn't see much drop off/increase from his 2006 stats. His starting job isn't in jeopardy by any means and his possible heir, Michael Allan, is years away from starting in this league. TE Jason Dunn will primarily be used for blocking and advising younger Chiefs about retirement plans.

In week 1 against Cincinnati, after Trent Green went down, TG hauled in 10 catches for 81 yards and a TD. While checking out last year's week by week stats, it was obvious that Damon Huard and Tony Gonzalez vibed pretty well. In the 10 weeks that Huard was the QB last year, TG had 588 yards receiving while going over 100 yards/game in weeks 7 and 8.

With Huard at the helm and a shaky receiving corp, we can expect another Pro Bowl season from TG. My projection:

  • RECEPTIONS: 81
  • RECEIVING YARDS: 975
  • TOUCHDOWNS: 6
So I foresee a slight increase in TG's stats. Pending injury, TG will again be Damon Huard's best friend in the passing game.

You can see all of the Community Projections here.