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John Carlson
TE #89
Height:
6-5
Weight:
248
Age:
30
College:
Notre Dame
Hometown:
St. Cloud, MN
Experience:
7

Quick Stats (2014):

REC
26
YDS
279
AVG
10.7
TDS
1
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesReceivingRushingFumbles
GGSRecYdsAvgLongTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
TOTAL 203 2,185 10.8 42 15 0 0 -- 0 0 1 1
2014 ARI 11 11 26 279 10.7 32 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2013 MIN 13 8 32 344 10.8 30 1 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
2012 MIN 14 6 8 43 5.4 14 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 SEA 15 13 31 318 10.3 37 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2009 SEA 16 16 51 574 11.3 42 7 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2008 SEA 16 9 55 627 11.4 33 5 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Recent Games
WKOppResultReceivingRushingFumbles
RecYdsAvgLngTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
1 SD W 18-17 1 20 20 20 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2 @NYG W 25-14 2 43 21.5 32 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 SF W 23-14 3 33 11 15 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
5 @DEN L 20-41 2 19 9.5 14 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
6 WAS W 30-20 4 14 3.5 13 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
7 @OAK W 24-13 2 20 10 11 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
8 PHI W 24-20 2 16 8 12 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
9 @DAL W 28-17 2 19 9.5 12 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
10 STL W 31-14 2 33 16.5 26 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
11 DET W 14-6 3 37 12.3 17 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
12 @SEA L 3-19 3 25 8.3 19 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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Biography

NoteCARDS:

• Signed a two-year contract with the Cardinals on 3/7/14.

• Entering his seventh NFL season, Carlson spent his first four seasons with the Seattle Seahawks (2008-11) before playing two years in Minnesota (2012-13).

• For his career, Carlson has appeared in 74 games (52 starts) and hauled in 177 receptions for 1,906 yards and 14 TDs in the regular season. He has also appeared in three career postseason contests, adding four receptions for 31 yards and two TDs.

• Holds the top two spots on the Seahawks all-time single-season list among tight ends for receptions (55 in 2008, 51 in 2009), receiving yards (627 in 2008, 574 in 2009) and TD catches (seven in 2009, five in 2008).

• An outstanding all-around athlete, Carlson was a standout in football, basketball and tennis during his high school career and walked on to the basketball team at Notre Dame, where he appeared in three games for the Irish during his freshman season.

NoteCARDS:

• Signed a two-year contract with the Cardinals on 3/7/14.

• Entering his seventh NFL season, Carlson spent his first four seasons with the Seattle Seahawks (2008-11) before playing two years in Minnesota (2012-13).

• For his career, Carlson has appeared in 74 games (52 starts) and hauled in 177 receptions for 1,906 yards and 14 TDs in the regular season. He has also appeared in three career postseason contests, adding four receptions for 31 yards and two TDs.

• Holds the top two spots on the Seahawks all-time single-season list among tight ends for receptions (55 in 2008, 51 in 2009), receiving yards (627 in 2008, 574 in 2009) and TD catches (seven in 2009, five in 2008).

• An outstanding all-around athlete, Carlson was a standout in football, basketball and tennis during his high school career and walked on to the basketball team at Notre Dame, where he appeared in three games for the Irish during his freshman season.

Pro Career: Originally selected by the Seahawks in the second round (38th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft, Carlson played four seasons in Seattle before signing with the Vikings as a free agent on 3/14/12. Played two seasons in Minnesota before being released on 3/5/14. Signed with the Cardinals on 3/7/14, agreeing to a two-year contract as a free agent.

2013: Appeared in 13 games with eight starts before a concussion suffered at Baltimore in Week 14 landed him on injured reserve … led all Vikings TEs with 32 receptions for 344 yards, marking his highest output since the 2009 season … added a TD reception and returned two kickoffs for 13 yards … over the final six games he appeared in (all starts), totaled 25 receptions for 306 yards and a TD, after totaling 15 receptions for 81 yards in his first 21 games with the Vikings … made his first start of the season vs. Cle (9/22) and caught one pass for three yards … in the first of six consecutive starts in place of the injured Kyle Rudolph, hauled in four receptions for 23 yards @ Dal (11/3); marked his first game with at least four receptions since posting five receptions in Week 3 of the 2010 season vs. San Diego … had his best game as a Viking on Thursday Night Football vs. Was (11/7), posting seven receptions for 98 yards and a TD; the seven receptions and 98 yards were team-highs; 28-yard TD reception from Christian Ponder in the third quarter brought the Vikings to within 27-21 in a game they went on to win 34-27; marked his first TD reception since Week 3 of the 2010 season vs. San Diego … hauled in five receptions for 69 yards @ Sea (11/17), giving him 16 receptions over a three-game span which surpassed his reception total (15) from his previous 21 games with Minnesota … making his fifth straight start, posted four receptions for 61 yards vs. Chi (12/1); marked his third game with 60+ receiving yards in four weeks … started and hauled in two receptions for 19 yards @ Bal (12/8) before a concussion forced him from the game … place on injured reserve (concussion) on 12/21.

2012: During his first season in Minnesota, saw action in 14 regular season games with six starts and also appeared in the postseason matchup at Green Bay … finished the season with eight receptions for 43 yards and helped block for RB Adrian Peterson, who ran for 2,097 yards on the season, the second-highest single-season rushing total in NFL history … started vs. SF (9/23) and helped block for a rushing attack that totaled 146 yards and two TDs on 41 attempts and kept the 49ers without a sack despite 35 pass attempts … registered his first reception as a member of the Vikings @ Det (9/30) … caught one pass for 11 yards and helped clear the way as Peterson rushed for 171 yards and a TD on 27 attempts vs. Det (11/11) … helped block for Peterson as he piled up 210 rushing yards and a TD on 21 carries @ GB (12/2) … received the start at WR and registered a season-high three receptions for 17 yards @ StL (12/16), while also helping Peterson rush for 212 yards and a TD on 24 carries … appeared in his third career postseason matchup in the Vikings Wild Card game @ GB (1/5/13).

2011: Named the Seahawks 2011 Walter Payton “Man of the Year” for his community efforts … after suffering a shoulder injury in the preseason, was placed on injured reserve on 9/30.

2010: Started 13 of the 15 games he appeared in during the regular season and played in both postseason games with Seattle … posted 31 receptions for 318 yards and a TD in the regular season and added four receptions for 31 yards and two TDs in the playoffs … one of just four players in franchise history with multiple TD receptions in a single postseason contest, joining Jerramy Stevens as the only TEs in franchise history to do so … in the season opener vs. SF (9/12), registered three receptions for 36 yards … caught five passes for a season-high 61 yards vs. SD (9/26), including a nine-yard TD reception from Matt Hasselbeck in the second quarter that gave the Seahawks a 10-0 lead in an eventual 27-20 victory; dating back to the 2009 season, marked his fifth TD catch in seven games; posted a season-long 37-yard reception in the second quarter that was the longest play of the game for Seattle and helped set up a Seahawks FG four plays later … caught three passes for 17 yards and two TDs in his first career playoff game, as the Seahawks defeated the defending Super Bowl champs NO (1/8/11) in a Wild Card matchup; had an 11-yard TD reception from Hasselbeck in the first quarter that got Seattle on the board and cut the Saints lead to 10-7; after the Saints took a 17-7 lead on the ensuing drive, hauled in a seven-yard TD catch in the second quarter that brought the Seahawks to within three points at 17-14 … registered one reception for 14 yards in the Divisional matchup @ Chi (1/16/11).

2009: Started all 16 games in his second NFL season and established a franchise record for TEs with seven TD receptions, while his 51 receptions and 574 receiving yards both ranked second in team history among TEs behind his own 2008 totals (55 for 627) … caught a TD pass in each of the final four games, tying for the third-longest TD streak in franchise history behind Steve Largent (5, 1984) and Joey Galloway (5, 1998) … for the second straight season, hauled in at least one pass in 15 games and multiple passes in 14 contests … registered a career-high two TD receptions and added a season-high 95 yards on six receptions in the season opener vs. StL (9/13); became just the third TE in franchise history to register multiple receiving TDs in a game, joining Will Heller (2, 10/21/07 vs. St. Louis) and Itula Mili (2, 10/26/03 vs. Cincinnati); first TD came on a one-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck in the first quarter and the second was a 33-yarder in the third quarter, which ranks as longest TD reception of his career … caught two passes for a team-high 55 yards vs. Ari (10/18), including a career-long 42-yard reception on a fake punt in the second quarter … caught one pass, a 31-yard TD reception in the second quarter that gave Seattle a 14-0 lead @ Ari (11/15) … caught three passes for 24 yards @ Hou (12/13), including a four-yard TD reception in the second quarter; represented the first of four straight games with a TD catch … led the team with a season-high seven receptions for 86 yards vs. TB (12/20), including a 27-yard TD reception in the second quarter that opened the scoring and gave Seattle a 7-0 lead … posted a 16-yard TD reception in the fourth quarter @ GB (12/27), marking the first time in his career he had a TD catch in three consecutive games … hauled in two receptions in the season finale vs. Ten (1/3/10), including a six-yard TD reception in the second quarter that tied the game at seven; marked his fourth consecutive game with a TD reception, which represented the longest streak for a Seahawks player since Derrick Mays had a streak of four straight games with a TD reception in 1999; only two players in franchise history had a TD catch in more games—Hall of Famer Steve Largent (5 games in 1984) and Joey Galloway (5 games in 1998).

2008: Named to the All-Rookie team by Pro Football Weekly after appearing in all 16 games (nine starts) and establishing Seahawks franchise records for TEs with 55 receptions for 627 yards and five TDs … led team in receptions, yards and TD catches, becoming just the fourth rookie TE in NFL history to lead his franchise in all three categories … posted at least one reception in 15 of 16 games, including multiple receptions in 14 contests … 36 of his 55 receptions (65.5%) accounted for first downs … in his NFL debut, hauled in four receptions for 52 yards @ Buf (9/7) … made his first career start the following week vs. SF (9/14) and led the team in receptions (six) and receiving yards (78); five of his six receptions went for first downs … registered four receptions for 22 yards vs. GB (10/12), including his first career TD reception which came on a six-yard pass in the second quarter … hauled in his second TD reception in as many games, catching a two-yard pass in the fourth quarter @ TB (10/19) … made his sixth career start and caught five passes for 54 yards @ Mia (11/9) … registered his third TD catch of the season on a 10-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck that tied the game at 17 in the fourth quarter vs. Was (11/23) … posted his first career 100-yard outing the following week @ Dal (11/27), leading the team with six receptions for 105 yards on Thanksgiving Night; hauled in a season-long 33-yard catch in the first quarter … established a career-high with eight receptions the following week vs. NE (12/7), racking up 69 yards and a TD; TD reception came on a 10-yard pass from Seneca Wallace in the second quarter that gave Seattle a 14-3 lead in the second quarter … tied for the team lead in both receptions (five) and receiving yards (76) @ StL (12/14); on his first reception of the game, a 28-yard catch in the first quarter, passed Itula Mili (46, 2003) for the franchise record for receptions in a season by a TE and tied Jerramy Stevens (554, 2005) for most receiving yards for a TE; established the franchise receiving yardage record for a TE on his next reception, a 27-yarder in the second quarter … tied the franchise record for a TE (Jerramy Stevens, five, 2005) with his fifth TD catch of the season vs. NYJ (12/21), hauling in a two-yard pass in the second quarter that proved the game’s deciding points in a 13-3 victory.

College: One of the top all-around tight ends in the country, Carlson appeared in 47 games at Notre Dame and made 31 starts … finished his career with 100 receptions for 1,093 yards and eight TDs while adding 28 special teams tackles and one kickoff return for 14 yards … serving as a team captain as a senior in 2007, caught at least one pass in all 12 games and finished the season with team-high 40 receptions for 372 yards and three TDs … as a junior in 2006, was a finalist for the John Mackey Award as the nation’s top tight end and earned second-team All-American honors from Sports Illustrated after posting career highs with 47 receptions for 634 yards and four TDs … started six of 12 games played as a sophomore in 2005, registering seven receptions for 56 yards and a TD … as a freshman in 2004, started two of 12 games played, seeing the most action on the Irish special teams units … registered five special teams tackles and had six catches for 31 yards … redshirted as a true freshman in 2003 and appeared in three games with the 2003-04 basketball team.

Personal: Attended Litchfield (MN) High School where he was a standout in football, basketball and tennis … a four-year starter at TE, was a two-time All-State and three-time all-conference selection who played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl following his senior season … during his prep career, posted 95 receptions for 1,331 yards and 23 TDs while adding 133 rushing attempts for 493 yards and seven TDs … also recorded 200 career tackles as a defensive end … in basketball, was a McDonald’s preseason All-American at center as a senior and earned All-Conference and All-Area honors in four straight seasons … helped school compile a 114-8 record during his prep career, scoring 1,676 points with 974 rebounds and 412 assists as he led the team to three Class 2A state titles … a member of the National Honor Society, he also posted a 106-22 record in No. 1 doubles in tennis.

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