sports 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 in 2016-2017. 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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Rob Gronkowski is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Rob Gronkowski Tight end

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Jason Witten is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jason Witten Tight end

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Greg Olsen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Greg Olsen Tight end

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Jimmy Graham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jimmy Graham Tight end

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Antonio Gates is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Antonio Gates Tight end

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Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Tony Gonzalez Tight end

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Travis Kelce is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Travis Kelce Tight end

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Jordan Reed is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jordan Reed Tight end

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Martellus Bennett is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Martellus Bennett Tight end

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Tyler Eifert is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Tyler Eifert Tight end

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Vernon Davis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Vernon Davis Tight end

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Kyle Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Kyle Rudolph Tight end

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Delanie Walker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Delanie Walker Tight end

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Heath Miller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Heath Miller Tight end

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Julius Thomas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Julius Thomas Tight end

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Owen Daniels is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Owen Daniels Tight end

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Kellen Winslow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL

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Jermichael Finley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jermichael Finley Tight end

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Jordan Cameron is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jordan Cameron Tight end

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Jared Cook is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jared Cook Tight end

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Gary Barnidge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Gary Barnidge Tight end

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Zach Miller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Zach Miller Tight end

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Fred Davis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Fred Davis Tight end

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Jermaine Gresham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jermaine Gresham Tight end

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Eric Ebron is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL

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Brandon Pettigrew is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Brandon Pettigrew Tight end

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Zach Ertz is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Zach Ertz Tight end

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Kellen Winslow II is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Kellen Winslow II Tight end

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Dwayne Allen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Dwayne Allen Tight end

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Charles Clay is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Charles Clay Fullback, Tight end

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Coby Fleener is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Coby Fleener Tight end

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Dustin Keller is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Dustin Keller Tight end, Wide receiver

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Richard Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Richard Rodgers

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Brent Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Brent Jones Tight end

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Billy Joe DuPree is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Billy Joe DuPree Tight end

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Frank Wycheck is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Frank Wycheck Tight end

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Sterling Sharpe is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Sterling Sharpe Wide receiver

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Jay Novacek is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jay Novacek Tight end

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Benjamin Watson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Benjamin Watson Tight end

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Mark Bavaro is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Mark Bavaro Tight end

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Eric Green is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Eric Green Tight end

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Todd Christensen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Todd Christensen Fullback, Tight end

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Brandon Myers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Brandon Myers Tight end

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Cameron Brate is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Cameron Brate

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Cameron Brate is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Cameron Brate

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Kyle Brady is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Kyle Brady Tight end

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Vance McDonald is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Vance McDonald

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Tony Moeaki is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Tony Moeaki Tight end

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James Hanna is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
James Hanna Tight end

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Phillip Supernaw is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Phillip Supernaw Tight end