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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    1986 More
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    the people's #1
    Rob Gronkowski

    1989 More
    92
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    1984 More
    84
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    1982 More
    83
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    most listed
    Antonio Gates

    1980 More
    83
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    1976 More
    82
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    1979 More
    60
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    1982 More
    59
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    1988 More
    59
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    1989 More
    58
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    1985 More
    58
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    1982 More
    57
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    1987 More
    55
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    ranked low on reranks
    Martellus Bennett

    1987 More
    54
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    1985 More
    53
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Fred Davis

    1986 More
    53
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    Dustin Keller

    1984 More
    50
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    1990 More
    50
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    Jermaine Gresham

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    49
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    Jared Cook

    1987 More
    48
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    Kellen Winslow II

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    47
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    45
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    1939 More
    42
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    1988 More
    40
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    1962 More
    40
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    often listed
    Zach Miller

    1985 More
    40
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    1967 More
    38
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    Eric Ebron

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    38
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    1957 More
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    Vance McDonald

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    1963 More
    35
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    1989 More
    35
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    1965 More
    34
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    34
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    32
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