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Ben Hartsock
TE #84
Height:
6-4
Weight:
265
College:
Ohio State
Hometown:
Chillicothe, Ohio
Experience:
10
Receiving
YearTeamGRecYdsAvgYds/GLongTD20+40+1stFUM
TOTAL 131 31 312 10.1 2.4 27 1 5 0 17 0
2013 CAR 13 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2012 CAR 15 2 30 15 2 25 0 1 0 1 0
2011 CAR 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 NYJ 16 1 7 7 0.4 7 0 0 0 1 0
2009 NYJ 16 1 2 2 0.1 2T 1 0 0 1 0
2008 ATL 11 3 26 8.7 2.4 17 0 0 0 1 0
2007 TEN 16 12 138 11.5 8.6 27 0 3 0 7 0
2006 TEN 6 6 68 11.3 11.3 23 0 1 0 4 0
2006 IND 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2005 IND 7 2 8 4 1.1 7 0 0 0 1 0
2004 IND 16 4 33 8.3 2.1 17 0 0 0 1 0
Kick Return
YearTeamGRetYdsAvgLngTD20+40+FCFUM
TOTAL 131 2 19 9.5 14 0 0 0 0 0
2013 CAR 13 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2012 CAR 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 CAR 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 NYJ 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2009 NYJ 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2008 ATL 11 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2007 TEN 16 1 14 14 14 0 0 0 0 0
2006 TEN 6 1 5 5 5 0 0 0 0 0
2006 IND 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2005 IND 7 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2004 IND 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 131 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
2013 CAR 13 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2012 CAR 15 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 CAR 15 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 NYJ 16 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2009 NYJ 16 1 1 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2008 ATL 11 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2007 TEN 16 1 1 0 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2006 TEN 6 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2006 IND 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2005 IND 7 1 1 0 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2004 IND 16 3 3 0 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --

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Bio

TRANSACTIONS
Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by Carolina (3/18/13)...Signed as a free agent by Carolina (7/30/11)...Released by New York Jets (3/2/11)...Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by New York Jets (3/10/10)...Signed as a free agent by New York Jets (9/3/09)...Released by Atlanta (9/1/09)...Placed on injured reserve with an injured big toe by Atlanta (11/26/08)...Signed as an unrestricted free agent by Atlanta (3/3/08)...Claimed off waivers by Tennessee (10/25/06)...Waived by Indianapolis (10/24/06)...Placed on injured reserve with an injured hamstring by Indianapolis (9/22/06)...Selected in the third round (68th overall) of the NFL Draft by Indianapolis (4/24/04).

GP/GS
Career (131/49) [10/5]; 2013 (13/2) [1/0]; 2012 (15/5); 2011 (15/2); 2010 (16/7) [3/2]; 2009 (16/7) [3/2]; 2008 (11/11); 2007 (16/9) [1/1]; 2006 (6/3); 2005 (7/0) [0/0]; 2004 (16/3) [2/0].

2013
Played in 13 games with two starts and was inactive for three games for Carolina...Contributed to offense that ranked fourth in the NFL in third-down efficiency, fifth in time of possession, second in drives lasting five-plus minutes and tied for seventh in drives of 10 plays or more...Started when the Panthers opened with two tight ends at San Francisco (11/10) and at New Orleans (12/8)...Inactive with a knee injury versus New England (11/18), at Miami (11/24) and versus Tampa Bay (12/1)...POSTSEASON: Played in NFC Divisional Playoff versus San Francisco (1/12).

2012
Played in 15 games with five starts for Carolina...Inactive versus New Orleans (9/16)...Posted two receptions for 30 yards...Contributed to offense that produced 5,771 total net yards and 328 first downs, the second-highest totals in team history...Started versus the New York Giants (9/20), versus Tampa Bay (11/18), at Philadelphia (11/26), versus Atlanta (12/9) and versus Oakland (12/23) when the Panthers opened with two tight ends...At Chicago (10/28): On receiving end of 25-yard pass from quarterback Cam Newton, his first reception since joining the Panthers in 2011...Only five of 31 career catches have not come from a quarterback selected in the NFL Draft's first five picks...Caught passes from No. 1 overall pick Peyton Manning (Indianapolis), No. 3 overall pick Vince Young (Tennessee), No. 3 overall pick Matt Ryan (Atlanta), No. 5 overall pick Mark Sanchez (New York Jets), and No. 1 overall pick Newton (Carolina).

2011
Signed as a free agent by Carolina (7/30) after being released by the New York Jets during the offseason (3/2)...Played in 15 games with two starts...Inactive versus Jacksonville (9/25)...Helped the Panthers rank third in the NFL in rushing with an average of 150.5 yards per game and exceed 100 yards rushing in a team-record 14 consecutive games...Opened holes for the Panthers to lead the NFL with a team record 5.41 yards per carry and establish a team record with 139 rushing first downs...Marked sixth time in last seven seasons where he blocked for a 2,000-yard rushing team that finished in the top five in rushing in the NFL.

2010
Played in 16 games with seven starts for the New York Jets...Had one catch for seven yards...Helped the Jets finished fourth in the NFL with an average of 148.4 yards rushing per game...POSTSEASON: Played in three games with two starts...Notched one reception for five yards in AFC Wild Card at Indianapolis (1/8)...Started AFC Divisional Playoff at New England (1/16) and AFC Championship at Pittsburgh (1/23).

2009
Signed as a free agent by the New York Jets (9/3) after being released in the final roster cutdown by Atlanta (9/1)...Played in 16 games with seven starts...Posted one reception for a two-yard touchdown...Served primarily in blocking capacity for offense that led the NFL with an average of 172.2 yards rushing per game and set a team record with 2,756 yards...Cleared lanes for running back Thomas Jones to establish a career high with 1,402 yards...Logged one special teams tackle...POSTSEASON: Played in three games with two starts...Made starts in AFC Wild Card at Cincinnati (1/9) and AFC Championship at Indianapolis (1/24)...Returned one kickoff for two yards...Vs. Tennessee (9/27): Scored first career touchdown on a two-yard pass from quarterback Mark Sanchez.

2008
Signed as an unrestricted free agent by Atlanta (3/3)...Started the first 11 games before being placed on injured reserve with a toe injury (11/26)...Recorded three catches for 26 yards...Blocked for rushing attack that ranked second in the NFL with an average of 152.7 yards per game...Opened holes for running back Michael Turner to gain a career-high 1,699 yards rushing...Vs. Detroit (9/7): Part of offense that rushed for a team-record 318 yards...Vs. Carolina (11/23): Suffered a season-ending big toe injury.

2007
Played in 16 games with nine starts for Tennessee...Produced 12 receptions for 138 yards...Key member of offensive front that enabled the Titans to stand fifth in the NFL with an average of 131.8 yards rushing per game...Aided running back LenDale White's career-best 1,110-yard rushing effort...Responsible for one special teams tackle...Returned one kickoff for 14 yards...POSTSEASON: Started AFC Wild Card at San Diego (1/6)...Tallied three catches for 16 yards...At Cincinnati (11/25): Hauled in a career-long 27-yard catch to set up a field goal...Vs. New York Jets (12/23): Matched career-long with a 27-yard grab that led to a field goal.

2006
Claimed off waivers from Indianapolis by Tennessee (10/25)...Played in the final six games with three starts and was inactive for four games for the Titans...Registered six catches for 68 yards...Contributed to offense that rated fifth in the NFL with an average of 138.4 yards rushing per game and featured a 1,000-yard running back in Travis Henry with 1,211 yards...Returned one kickoff for five yards...Inactive the first two weeks of the season before being placed on injured reserve by the Colts (9/22) with a hamstring injury sustained during training camp and re-aggravated in the preseason.

2005
Played in seven games and was inactive for nine games for Indianapolis...Snagged two receptions for eight yards with both coming in the regular season finale versus Arizona (1/1)...Blocking helped running back Edgerrin James exceed 1,500 yards rushing for the second consecutive season with 1,506...Added one special teams tackle...POSTSEASON: Inactive for AFC Divisional Playoff versus Pittsburgh (1/15).

2004
Drafted in the third round (68th overall) by Indianapolis...Played in 16 games with three starts...Started at wide receiver versus Oakland (10/10) and at tight end in the final two regular season games versus San Diego (12/26) and at Denver (1/2)...Caught four passes for 33 yards...Assisted in paving the way for running back Edgerrin James to accumulate 1,548 yards rushing, the fourth most in franchise history...Gathered three special teams tackles...POSTSEASON: Appeared in both games but did not record any statistics...Vs. San Diego (12/26): Made first NFL catch, a 17-yard reception from quarterback Peyton Manning.

COLLEGE
Played in 49 games as a three-year starter at Ohio State...Totaled 57 catches for 515 yards and five touchdowns...2003 (Sr.): First-team All-Big Ten Conference selection...Played in 13 games...Produced 33 receptions for 290 yards and two touchdowns...2002 (Jr.): Played in 14 games...Recorded 17 catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns...Member of the Buckeyes national championship team...2001 (So.): Played in 11 games...Notched six receptions for 77 yards and one touchdown...2000 (Fr.): Played in 11 games...Caught one pass for 11 yards.

PERSONAL
Attended Unioto HS in Chillicothe, Ohio...Majored in biology at Ohio State.

TRANSACTIONS
Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by Carolina (3/18/13)...Signed as a free agent by Carolina (7/30/11)...Released by New York Jets (3/2/11)...Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by New York Jets (3/10/10)...Signed as a free agent by New York Jets (9/3/09)...Released by Atlanta (9/1/09)...Placed on injured reserve with an injured big toe by Atlanta (11/26/08)...Signed as an unrestricted free agent by Atlanta (3/3/08)...Claimed off waivers by Tennessee (10/25/06)...Waived by Indianapolis (10/24/06)...Placed on injured reserve with an injured hamstring by Indianapolis (9/22/06)...Selected in the third round (68th overall) of the NFL Draft by Indianapolis (4/24/04).

GP/GS
Career (131/49) [10/5]; 2013 (13/2) [1/0]; 2012 (15/5); 2011 (15/2); 2010 (16/7) [3/2]; 2009 (16/7) [3/2]; 2008 (11/11); 2007 (16/9) [1/1]; 2006 (6/3); 2005 (7/0) [0/0]; 2004 (16/3) [2/0].

2013
Played in 13 games with two starts and was inactive for three games for Carolina...Contributed to offense that ranked fourth in the NFL in third-down efficiency, fifth in time of possession, second in drives lasting five-plus minutes and tied for seventh in drives of 10 plays or more...Started when the Panthers opened with two tight ends at San Francisco (11/10) and at New Orleans (12/8)...Inactive with a knee injury versus New England (11/18), at Miami (11/24) and versus Tampa Bay (12/1)...POSTSEASON: Played in NFC Divisional Playoff versus San Francisco (1/12).

2012
Played in 15 games with five starts for Carolina...Inactive versus New Orleans (9/16)...Posted two receptions for 30 yards...Contributed to offense that produced 5,771 total net yards and 328 first downs, the second-highest totals in team history...Started versus the New York Giants (9/20), versus Tampa Bay (11/18), at Philadelphia (11/26), versus Atlanta (12/9) and versus Oakland (12/23) when the Panthers opened with two tight ends...At Chicago (10/28): On receiving end of 25-yard pass from quarterback Cam Newton, his first reception since joining the Panthers in 2011...Only five of 31 career catches have not come from a quarterback selected in the NFL Draft's first five picks...Caught passes from No. 1 overall pick Peyton Manning (Indianapolis), No. 3 overall pick Vince Young (Tennessee), No. 3 overall pick Matt Ryan (Atlanta), No. 5 overall pick Mark Sanchez (New York Jets), and No. 1 overall pick Newton (Carolina).

2011
Signed as a free agent by Carolina (7/30) after being released by the New York Jets during the offseason (3/2)...Played in 15 games with two starts...Inactive versus Jacksonville (9/25)...Helped the Panthers rank third in the NFL in rushing with an average of 150.5 yards per game and exceed 100 yards rushing in a team-record 14 consecutive games...Opened holes for the Panthers to lead the NFL with a team record 5.41 yards per carry and establish a team record with 139 rushing first downs...Marked sixth time in last seven seasons where he blocked for a 2,000-yard rushing team that finished in the top five in rushing in the NFL.

2010
Played in 16 games with seven starts for the New York Jets...Had one catch for seven yards...Helped the Jets finished fourth in the NFL with an average of 148.4 yards rushing per game...POSTSEASON: Played in three games with two starts...Notched one reception for five yards in AFC Wild Card at Indianapolis (1/8)...Started AFC Divisional Playoff at New England (1/16) and AFC Championship at Pittsburgh (1/23).

2009
Signed as a free agent by the New York Jets (9/3) after being released in the final roster cutdown by Atlanta (9/1)...Played in 16 games with seven starts...Posted one reception for a two-yard touchdown...Served primarily in blocking capacity for offense that led the NFL with an average of 172.2 yards rushing per game and set a team record with 2,756 yards...Cleared lanes for running back Thomas Jones to establish a career high with 1,402 yards...Logged one special teams tackle...POSTSEASON: Played in three games with two starts...Made starts in AFC Wild Card at Cincinnati (1/9) and AFC Championship at Indianapolis (1/24)...Returned one kickoff for two yards...Vs. Tennessee (9/27): Scored first career touchdown on a two-yard pass from quarterback Mark Sanchez.

2008
Signed as an unrestricted free agent by Atlanta (3/3)...Started the first 11 games before being placed on injured reserve with a toe injury (11/26)...Recorded three catches for 26 yards...Blocked for rushing attack that ranked second in the NFL with an average of 152.7 yards per game...Opened holes for running back Michael Turner to gain a career-high 1,699 yards rushing...Vs. Detroit (9/7): Part of offense that rushed for a team-record 318 yards...Vs. Carolina (11/23): Suffered a season-ending big toe injury.

2007
Played in 16 games with nine starts for Tennessee...Produced 12 receptions for 138 yards...Key member of offensive front that enabled the Titans to stand fifth in the NFL with an average of 131.8 yards rushing per game...Aided running back LenDale White's career-best 1,110-yard rushing effort...Responsible for one special teams tackle...Returned one kickoff for 14 yards...POSTSEASON: Started AFC Wild Card at San Diego (1/6)...Tallied three catches for 16 yards...At Cincinnati (11/25): Hauled in a career-long 27-yard catch to set up a field goal...Vs. New York Jets (12/23): Matched career-long with a 27-yard grab that led to a field goal.

2006
Claimed off waivers from Indianapolis by Tennessee (10/25)...Played in the final six games with three starts and was inactive for four games for the Titans...Registered six catches for 68 yards...Contributed to offense that rated fifth in the NFL with an average of 138.4 yards rushing per game and featured a 1,000-yard running back in Travis Henry with 1,211 yards...Returned one kickoff for five yards...Inactive the first two weeks of the season before being placed on injured reserve by the Colts (9/22) with a hamstring injury sustained during training camp and re-aggravated in the preseason.

2005
Played in seven games and was inactive for nine games for Indianapolis...Snagged two receptions for eight yards with both coming in the regular season finale versus Arizona (1/1)...Blocking helped running back Edgerrin James exceed 1,500 yards rushing for the second consecutive season with 1,506...Added one special teams tackle...POSTSEASON: Inactive for AFC Divisional Playoff versus Pittsburgh (1/15).

2004
Drafted in the third round (68th overall) by Indianapolis...Played in 16 games with three starts...Started at wide receiver versus Oakland (10/10) and at tight end in the final two regular season games versus San Diego (12/26) and at Denver (1/2)...Caught four passes for 33 yards...Assisted in paving the way for running back Edgerrin James to accumulate 1,548 yards rushing, the fourth most in franchise history...Gathered three special teams tackles...POSTSEASON: Appeared in both games but did not record any statistics...Vs. San Diego (12/26): Made first NFL catch, a 17-yard reception from quarterback Peyton Manning.

COLLEGE
Played in 49 games as a three-year starter at Ohio State...Totaled 57 catches for 515 yards and five touchdowns...2003 (Sr.): First-team All-Big Ten Conference selection...Played in 13 games...Produced 33 receptions for 290 yards and two touchdowns...2002 (Jr.): Played in 14 games...Recorded 17 catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns...Member of the Buckeyes national championship team...2001 (So.): Played in 11 games...Notched six receptions for 77 yards and one touchdown...2000 (Fr.): Played in 11 games...Caught one pass for 11 yards.

PERSONAL
Attended Unioto HS in Chillicothe, Ohio...Majored in biology at Ohio State.

 

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