The Best Tight Ends in the NFL Football Players (American)

The Best Tight Ends in the NFL

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Tight ends have become an integral piece to a football team's offense. In the past, tight ends have mostly served as extra offensive lineman to help with run blocking and an occasional pair of hands to catch a defense off-guard. But the game has changed significantly recent years. Big, athletic, pass catching tight ends have allowed offenses to stretch the field and are an added threat in today's predominantly pass-first NFL. The influx of these players has changed the way defenses prepare for an opposing team and now have to take account players they wouldn't have had to worry about in the past. For many years, Tony Gonzalez was considered the preeminent tight end for his rare combination of speed and power. He is widely looked at the greatest tight end to play the game. Gonzalez was the first in this era for tight ends. Players like New England's Rob Gronkowski, San Francisco's Vernon Davis and New Orleans' Jimmy Graham are three examples of these bigger, faster tight end whom have followed in Gonzalez's footsteps.

Vote for the tight end you think is the best in the NFL. The definition for who you consider to be the top tight end is open-ended. It can be one of the pass catchers from above or a blocking tight end. No matter what definition you choose, be sure to vote for your favorite tight end.
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    1986 More
    93
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    the people's #1 &ranked high on reranks
    Rob Gronkowski

    1989 More
    91
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    1976 More
    86
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    1982 More
    82
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    ranked low on reranks
    Vernon Davis

    1984 More
    81
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    most listed
    Antonio Gates

    1980 More
    80
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    often listed
    Heath Miller

    1982 More
    61
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Dallas Clark

    1979 More
    60
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    often listed &controversial
    Jermichael Finley

    1987 More
    56
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    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    Jordan Cameron

    1988 More
    56
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    ranked high on reranks
    Kyle Rudolph

    1989 More
    56
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    Greg Olsen

    1985 More
    55
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    1985 More
    55
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Owen Daniels

    1982 More
    54
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    ranked low on reranks
    Martellus Bennett

    1987 More
    53
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Fred Davis

    1986 More
    52
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    often listed
    Dustin Keller

    1984 More
    48
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    ranked low on reranks
    Jared Cook

    1987 More
    48
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Kellen Winslow II

    1983 More
    47
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    Tyler Eifert

    1990 More
    47
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    Jermaine Gresham

    1988 More
    47
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Delanie Walker

    1984 More
    44
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    Mike Ditka

    1939 More
    43
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    1962 More
    41
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    often listed &controversial
    Zach Miller

    1985 More
    39
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    1957 More
    38
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    1965 More
    37
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    1971 More
    36
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    1963 More
    36
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    1963 More
    35
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    often listed
    Brandon Myers

    1985 More
    35
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    1972 More
    35
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    1988 More
    34
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    1956 More
    33
    added by: skypir876
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    1950 More
    33
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