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In the fourth year of his second career, Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez is coming into his own.
Gonzalez, in his 16th NFL season, has started his Falcons career so similarly to his debut stint with the Chiefs that it doesn't make any sense.
At the tender age of 36, he is on pace for 124 receptions, 1,242 yards and 13 touchdowns. That would give him new career highs in receptions and touchdowns, and he'd be just 16 yards short of his best yardage output.
Obviously, there is no guarantee on future production, but Gonzalez isn't showing any signs of slowing down—just ask the Redskins.
He torched the 'Skins last week for a 13-catch, 123-yard and one-touchdown outing. He is going to shatter any previous production as a Falcon.
His first three seasons with the Falcons, he averaged 799 yards per season and 6.3 touchdowns.
Now compare that to his first three seasons in the league where he averaged 613 yards per season and five touchdowns.
His fourth year, 2000, he went for 1,203 yards in what has been one of his finest seasons as a professional—an especially impressive feat since it was Elvis Grbac lofting hound-dog dimes to him.
It is easy to understand the jump in production in his fourth year in the league, but it is impossible to explain now.
The point is that, at this point in Gonzalez's life, he should be getting ready for a part in Expendables 3 and not rolling off one of his best seasons in a Hall of Fame career.