Former Notre Dame tight end John Carlson has quietly been having an outstanding rookie season for the Seattle Seahawks this season. This week his rookie campaign received a lot of attention though after he set the Seahawks franchise record for receptions and receiving yards by a tight end with a five catch 76 yard performance giving him 51 catches for 601 yards.
Carlson’s numbers also stack up pretty well amongst the NFL’s best tight ends. His 51 receptions and 601 yards both rank 8th among NFL tight ends while his 4 touchdowns are tied for 7th among tight ends. Carlson is also tied for 4th amongst NFL tight ends in receptions of 20+ yards.
Now, consider that Carlson did most of this without the services of Matt Hasslebeck behind center and those numbers become even more impressive. While tight end might not be a glamour position in the NFL, its still nice to see a former Notre Dame player looking like an up and coming star at his position.