Selected by Tennessee Titans in the third round (89th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft, April 26, 2009…Signed by St. Louis Rams as an unrestricted free agent, March 13, 2013…Released by Rams, Feb. 19, 2016…Signed by Green Bay Packers as a free agent, March 28, 2016…Signed by Oakland Raiders as an unrestricted free agent, March 16, 2017.
CAREER: Veteran tight end enters his 10th NFL season and second with the Silver and Black…Career totals include 133 games played with 63 starts, 357 receptions for 4,568 yards (12.8 avg.) and 19 TDs…Has posted at least 30 receptions in each of the last seven seasons (2011-17), one of only four active tight ends in the NFL to do so…Ranks third among NFL tight ends with a 13.0-yard receiving average since 2011…Holds the single-game franchise record for the most receiving yards by a tight end for both the Titans (169 vs. Jacksonville on Dec. 24, 2011) and the Rams (141 vs. Arizona on Sept. 8, 2013)…Set a career high with 54 receptions and led the team with 688 receiving yards in his first year with Oakland in 2017…Hauled in 30 catches for 377 yards in 10 games in his lone season with the Packers in 2016…Ranked second on the team in both receptions and receiving yards (39 for 481) in 2015, his final season with the Rams…Caught a 52 passes for St. Louis in 2014, the third most by a tight end in a season in team annals…Set a single-season franchise record with 671 receiving yards in his first year with the Rams in 2013…Registered a career-high 759 yards receiving in 2011, the second most by a tight end in a season in Titans franchise history…Appeared in 30 games with one start in his first two seasons with Tennessee and caught 38 passes for 435 yards (11.4 avg.) and one TD.
2017: Started in all 16 games in his first season with the Silver and Black...Finished with 688 receiving yards on 54 receptions with two TDs...His 688 receiving yards led the team…Set career highs in receptions and ranked second on the team…Also started every game for the first time in his career…Finished fourth among tight ends in the NFL in receiving average...(9/10) at Ten.: Finished the day with five catches for 56 yards in his Raiders debut...(9/17) vs. NYJ: Tied for second on the team with four receptions for 25 yards in the win...(9/24) at Was.: Recorded four receptions for 43 yards and one TD...Hauled in his first receiving TD as a Raider, a 21-yarder from QB Derek Carr...Eclipsed 4,000 career receiving yards on a 6-yard pass from Carr late in the game...(10/1) at Den.: Totaled three catches for 46 yards (15.3 avg.)...(10/8) vs. Bal.: Recorded 25 yards on three catches...(10/15) vs. LAC: Finished with two catches for 14 yards...(10/19) vs. KC: Tallied six receptions for 107 yards (17.8 avg.)…Hauled in a crucial 28-yard reception at the Chiefs’ 1-yard line with seven seconds left in the game, setting up the game-winning score...(10/29) at Buf.: Totaled four receptions for 57 yards (14.3 avg.)...(11/5) at Mia.: Recorded season highs with eight receptions for 126 yards (15.8 avg.)...Recorded 113 receiving yards in the first half...(11/19) vs. NE: Finished the day with two catches for 36 yards (18.0 avg.)...(12/10) at KC: Recorded five receptions and led the team with 75 receiving yards and one TD...Recorded a 29-yard TD reception in the fourth quarter...(12/17) vs. Dal.: Caught two passes for 17 yards...(12/25) at Phi.: Recorded one catch for 15 yards...(12/31) at LAC: Finished with three receptions for 35 yards.
2016 (with GB): Played in 10 games with five starts and caught 30 passes for 377 yards (12.6 avg.) and a TD, his sixth straight season with 30-plus receptions... Missed six games (Weeks 5-10) due to an ankle injury... Also started all three postseason games and was tied for the team lead with 18 receptions for 229 yards (12.7 avg.) and two TDs... His reception and receiving-yardage total were the top marks by a Green Bay tight end in a single postseason... (9/11) at Jac.: Started in his Green Bay debut, posting one catch for 7 yards...(9/18) at Min.: Started and finished with four catches for 31 yards (7.8 avg.)...Recovered an Aaron Rodgers fumble midway through the third quarter on a scramble, retaining possession for Green Bay... (9/25) vs. Det.: Recorded one catch for 15 yards before sustaining an ankle injury in the second quarter... (11/20) at Was.: Returned to action for the first time since Sept. 25... Set season highs with six receptions and 106 yards to go along with one TD... Caught a 6-yard TD from QB Aaron Rodgers... (11/28) at Phi.: Recorded one catch for seven yards... (12/4) vs. Hou.: Made three receptions for 19 yards... (12/11) vs. Sea.: Posted one reception for 15 yards... (12/18) at Chi.: Matched a season high with six receptions, totaling 85 receiving yards... (12/24) vs. Min.: Caught three passes for 37 yards... (1/1/17) at Det.: Tallied four catches for 56 yards... Postseason: (1/8/17) vs. NYG: Made his postseason debut, recording five receptions for 48 yards... (1/15/17) at Dal.: Started and led the team with 103 receiving yards on six catches and one TD... Became just the second tight end in franchise history to record a 100-yard receiving game in the postseason... Set up the game-winning FG by making a critical 35-yard reception on the game’s final possession with three seconds remaining... (1/22/17) at Atl.: Led the team with seven receptions for 78 yards and one TD.
2015 (with StL.): Appeared in all 16 games for the third straight season with the Rams and made 12 starts... Ranked second on the team in both receptions and receiving yards with 39 catches for 481 yards (12.3 avg.)... (9/13) vs. Sea.: Led the team with five catches for 85 yards, with three of the receptions going for first downs... (11/1) vs. SF: Posted two receptions for 57 yards (28.5 avg.), highlighted by his season-long 49-yard grab... (11/29) at Cin.: Hauled in four passes for 58 yards... (12/17) vs. TB: Caught four passes for 64 yards.
2014 (with StL.): Played in all 16 games with six starts and registered a career-high 52 catches for 634 yards (12.2 avg.) and three TDs... His 52 receptions were the third most by a tight end in a season in franchise history... Ranked sixth in the NFL among tight ends with his 12.2-yard receiving average... (9/21) vs. Dal.: Led the team with seven receptions for 75 yards... (10/13) vs. SF: Paced the team with 74 yards receiving on four grabs... (11/9) at Ari.: Had two catches for 84 yards (42.0 avg.), including a 59-yard TD grab late in the first half... (12/7) at Was.: Matched his career high with two TD receptions as part of a four-catch, 61-yard effort.
2013 (with StL.): Appeared in all 16 games with a career-high 13 starts... Caught 51 passes for 671 yards (13.2 avg.) and a career-high five TDs... Set a single-season franchise record for the most receiving yards by a tight end, topping the previous mark set in 1983... Ranked fifth in the NFL among tight ends with an average of 13.2 yards per catch... (9/8) vs. Ari.: In his Rams debut, set a single-game franchise record for the most yards receiving by a tight end with 141 on six receptions (20.1 avg.), along with a career-high two TD receptions... (11/3) vs. Ten.: Caught three passes for 36 yards (12.0 avg.) and a TD in his first game against his former team... (11/24) vs. Chi.: Led the team with 80 yards receiving on four catches and added a TD.
2012 (with Ten.): Played in 13 games with five starts, ranking fourth on the team in both receptions (44) and receiving yards (523)... Was tied for the team lead with four receiving TDs despite missing the final three contests... Was placed on the Reserve/Injured List on Dec. 13 with a shoulder injury... (9/9) vs. NE: Led the team with 64 yards on four receptions... (9/23) vs. Det.: Posted four receptions for 77 yards (19.3 avg.), highlighted by his 61-yard TD grab on a catch-and-run in the second quarter... (10/11) vs. Pit.: Hauled in four passes for 54 yards (13.5 avg.), helping to set up a game-winning FG from K Rob Bironas as time expired with his 25-yard catch to the Pittsburgh 25 with 32 seconds remaining in the game... (11/25) at Jac.: Led the team with a season-high six receptions for 47 yards (7.8 avg.).
2011 (with Ten.): Appeared in all 16 contests with five starts and posted 49 catches for a career-high 759 yards and three TDs... His 759 receiving yards were the second most in franchise history by a tight end... Became the first tight end in franchise history to record two 100-yard receiving games in a season... Ranked number two in the league among tight ends with his average of 15.5 yards per catch... (10/2) at Cle.: Caught two passes for a team-high 93 yards (46.5 avg.), highlighted by his career-long 80-yard TD reception on a catch-and-run... The catch was the longest by a TE in the NFL that season... (11/20) at Atl.: Recorded five catches for 51 yards (10.2 avg.), including a 22-yard grab on a fourth-and-17 in the fourth quarter... (12/18) at Ind.: Led the team with a career-high nine receptions for 103 yards (11.4 avg.), the first 100-yard receiving game by a Titans tight end since 2001... (12/24) vs. Jac.: Set a franchise record for the most receiving yards by a tight end in a game with 169 yards and a TD on eight catches (21.1 avg.), also the most receiving yards by a tight end in the NFL in a game that season.
2010 (with Ten.): Played in all 16 games with one start and hauled in 29 passes for 361 yards (12.4 avg.) and one TD... Posted a career-high seven tackles on special teams... (11/26) at Hou.: Tied for the team lead with four receptions for 40 yards (10.0 avg.)... (12/5) vs. Jac.: Led the club with four catches for 47 yards (11.8 avg.)... (12/19) vs. Hou.: Made his first career start and posted three receptions for 42 yards... (12/26) at KC: Led the team with a season-high 96 yards on five receptions, highlighted by the first TD of his NFL career, a 22-yard grab from QB Kerry Collins... (1/2/11) at Ind.: Led the team with a season-high seven catches for 58 yards (8.3 avg.).
2009 (with Ten.): Appeared in 14 games as a rookie and caught nine passes for 74 yards (8.2 avg.)... (9/20) vs. Hou.: Made his NFL debut... (10/4) at Jac.: Registered his first career receptions, hauling in two passes for 11 yards... (10/11) vs. Ind.: Registered a season-high three receptions for 27 yards.
COLLEGE: Played in 37 games with 14 starts during his three seasons at South Carolina... Registered 73 catches for 1,107 yards (15.2 avg.) and seven TDs... Split time between tight end and wide receiver as a redshirt freshman in 2006 before shifting to tight end on a full-time basis in 2007... Appeared in 13 games with 11 starts as a junior in 2008 and ranked second on the team with a career-high 37 catches for a career-best 573 yards (15.5 avg.) and three TDs... Earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference recognition from the league’s coaches and second-team honors from The Associated Press... Was named one of eight semifinalists for the Mackey Award, which is given to the nation’s top tight end... Made the permanent move to tight end and played in 12 games with three starts as a sophomore in 2007... Ranked third on the team with 30 catches for 421 yards and three TDs... Ranked second on the team in receiving yards and paced the team in yards per catch... Posted 50-plus receiving yards in four games... Saw action at tight end and wide receiver in 12 games as a redshirt freshman... Caught six passes for 113 yards (18.8 avg.) and a TD... Four of his six receptions went for 20-plus yards... Majored in Retail.
PERSONAL: Attended North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, Ga. ... Earned first-team all-state honors from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a senior... Played wide receiver and free safety, catching 32 passes for 800 yards and 10 TDs as a senior... Also played basketball and earned all-state and all-conference recognition... Older brother, Jason, was a four-year letterman (2005-08) at fullback for Ole Miss and signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2009 before being released at the end of the preseason.
ADDITIONAL STATISTICS: Special teams tackles – 7 in 2010, 2 in 2011; NFL totals: 9. Miscellaneous tackles — 1 in 2009, 1 in 2011, 1 in 2012; NFL totals: 3.
SINGLE-GAME HIGHS: RECEIVING: Receptions – 9, 12/18/11 at Ind. Yards – 169, 12/24/11 vs. Jac. Long – 80t, 10/2/11 at Cle. Touchdowns – 2, two times; last: 12/7/14 at Was.