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Fleur-De-Facts: Tight Ends

A look at the Saints Tight Ends

Over the next 10 weeks, NewOrleansSaints.com will look at each position group on the Saints roster. This week we look at the Tight Ends.

TIGHT ENDS (4)

# * NAME HT  WT  AGE YRs  SCHOOL*
80 Jimmy Graham 6-6 260 24 2 Miami
84 Tory Humphrey 6-2 255 28 5 Central Michigan
82
Tyler Lorenzen 6-5 234 25 1 Connecticut
85 David Thomas 6-3 248 27 6 Texas

2010 SEASON STATISTICS

NAME * REC  YDS  AVG  LG  TD 
Jimmy Graham  31 356 11.5 52 5
David Thomas 30 219 7.3 22 2
Tory Humphrey 1 12 12.0 12 0
TOTAL 62 587 9.5 52 7*

#80 Jimmy Graham

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Did You Know?
*He only played one season of football at the University of Miami.
*His 31 receptions and 356 receiving yards last season both ranked fifth among rookie tight ends.
*His 52-yard reception against the Begals on Dec. 5 was the seventh longest catch of the season by a tight end last season and second longest among rookie tight ends.
*That 52-yard reception also put QB Drew Brees as the Saints career leader in passing yards.
*His 11.5 yards per catch last season ranked fourth among rookie tight ends who had at least 30 receptions.
*His 67.7% first down percentage (first downs/receptions) ranked second among rookie tight ends last season who had at least 30 receptions.

CAREER STATS:

SEASON * REC YDS AVG LG TD *
2010 NO 31 356 11.5 52 5

#85 David Thomas

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Did You Know?

*He set career highs in receptions (35) and receiving yards (356) in his first year with the Saints in 2009.
*ProFootballFocus.com gave him a 2.86% drop percentage, which ranked second in the Web site's rankings. The site said Thomas only dropped one of his 35 catachable balls last season.
*he had four catches for 39 yards on New Orleans' fourth quarter game-winning field goal drive in San Francisco on Sept. 20, each going for first downs.
*He started at fullback and had his first career carry in the 2009 NFC Divisional Playoff game angst the Cardinals on Jan. 16, 2010.
*He played as a reserve tight end and also saw some time at fullback, catching one pass for nine yards in the Super Bowl XLIV victory.
*At the University of Texas, set the school's all-time career records for receptions (98), receiving yards (1,367) and touchdown receptions by a tight end (15).
*He and his wife Kassidy have two sons, Jaxon David and Rylan Casey.

CAREER STATS:

SEASON * REC YDS AVG LG TD
2010 NO 30 219 7.3 22 2
2009 NO 35 356 10.2 37 1
2008 NE 9 93 10.3 18 0
2007 NE 1 9 9.0 9 0
2006 NE 11 159 14.5 36 1
TOTAL 86 836 9.7 37 4*

#84 Tory Humphrey
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Did You Know?**
*He started in Dallas on Thanksgiving and in Atlanta on Monday Night Football on Dec. 27.
*He was originally slated as a defensive end coming out of high school but was moved to TE right before his freshman seasons started.
*He played in 11 contests as a freshman at Central Michigan, averaging 21.5 yards on 11 catches with three TDs and named to the Freshman All-America team by The Sporting News.
*He married his high school sweetheart Ebony and the couple has two daughters, Kahnya, 9 and Naliya, 6, and a son, Tory Jr.

Career Stats:

SEASON  * REC  YDS  AVG  LG  TD 
2010 NO 1 12 12.0 12 0
2009 NO 1 7 7.0 7 0
2008 GB 11 162 14.7 37 0
2007 GB - - - - -
2006 GB - - - - -
2005 GB - - - - -
TOTAL 13 181 13.9 37 0
         
*#82 Tyler Lorenzen

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Did You Know?:

*He first signed as an undrafted free agent with Jacksonville.
*He started 21 games at QB in two seasons at Connecticut.
*While at Connecticut, he threw for 3,236 yards with 16 touchdowns in 21 starts during his junior and senior seasons.
*Has several relatives who have played a variety of sports at Iowa State including football, volleyball and women's basketball.

Career Stats: None

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