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

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.

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    most listed
    Jimmy Graham

    1986 More
    93
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    the people's #1
    Rob Gronkowski

    1989 More
    88
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    1982 More
    80
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    1984 More
    79
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    1980 More
    78
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    1976 More
    77
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    1989 More
    58
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    1982 More
    58
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    1979 More
    56
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    Jordan Cameron

    1988 More
    55
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    1982 More
    55
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    1985 More
    54
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    1987 More
    52
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    1986 More
    50
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    1985 More
    49
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    ranked low on reranks
    Jermaine Gresham

    1988 More
    48
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Dustin Keller

    1984 More
    47
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    1987 More
    47
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    46
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    1990 More
    46
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    Kellen Winslow II

    1983 More
    45
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    1984 More
    40
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    1939 More
    38
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    ranked low on reranks
    Julius Thomas

    1988 More
    37
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    Zach Miller

    1985 More
    37
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    1957 More
    36
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    1962 More
    35
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    1990 More
    34
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    often listed
    Brandon Myers

    1985 More
    33
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    32
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    1950 More
    28
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    1967 More
    27
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    Eric Ebron

    1993 More
    27
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    Vance McDonald

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    1963 More
    24
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    1965 More
    23
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    1971 More
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