Originally Posted by joseephuss
Even some of the "air-it-out next gen" types don't put up the numbers that Witten does. Take Jermichael Finley for example. He is never asked to block and his best two seasons he produced 55 receptions in each. He only has 28 receptions so far this season. Witten easily out produces him.
Gronkowski and Graham are off to great starts to their careers, but is way too early to start extrapolating out how well they will produce the next 10 years. The same goes with trying to figure out if Witten will ever catch Tony Gonzales. Witten has to make up 6 seasons on Gonzales if Tony ever does retire. Gronk and Graham have to make up 7 years on Witten.
I agree. Let's see the Grahams and Gronks reach 7000 yds before we worry about them approaching the likes of Witten/Gonzalez. By the time Gonzalez, Witten and Gates are done, the bar will be set so high, it's going to be difficult for any TE to catch them. Gronk would be one guy to watch but losing Tom Brady in a few years may hurt his production.