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All-time receiving yards leaders in New Orleans Saints history

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12. Henry Childs (3,224)

Saints TE from 1974-1980

The first tight end to appear on this list is Henry Childs, who spent seven years with the Saints. Atlanta spent a fifth-round pick on the Kansas State product in the 1974 NFL Draft and Childs only ended up spending part of his rookie year with the Falcons before linking up with the Saints.

Over the next seven years, Childs put in the work to be the starting tight end for NOLA. He finished his career with 3,224 yards and 27 touchdowns while appearing in 87 games over that time.

Childs’ lone Pro Bowl season was in 1979 when he had 51 catches for 846 yards and six touchdowns. He had a career-high nine touchdowns during the 1977 season and a career-high 869 yards during the 1978 season.

He never had a 1,000-yard season during his time in New Orleans but it wasn’t common for tight ends to do that during the 70s.

After his time in New Orleans was up, Childs spent a year with the Rams and then didn’t play in the league for three years until he joined the Packers in 1984. He’s right outside the top 10 in all-time receiving yards for the Saints.