NFL 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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319 136
Travis Kelce is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Travis Kelce Tight end

3
345 235
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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387 355
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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399 318
Jason Witten is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jason Witten Tight end

6
339 263
Antonio Gates is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Antonio Gates Tight end

7
203 149
Jordan Reed is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jordan Reed Tight end

8
168 137
Delanie Walker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Delanie Walker Tight end

9
198 166
Kyle Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Kyle Rudolph Tight end

10
171 67
Zach Ertz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
slaft added Zach Ertz Tight end

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196 201
Tyler Eifert is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Tyler Eifert Tight end

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202 218
Martellus Bennett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Martellus Bennett Tight end

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200 248
Vernon Davis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Vernon Davis Tight end

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139 154
Julius Thomas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Julius Thomas Tight end

The Best Current NFL Helmets

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106 143
Jared Cook is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jared Cook Tight end

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42 29
Evan Engram is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Evan Engram

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50 58
Cameron Brate is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
jaydub17 added Cameron Brate

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34 26
Hunter Henry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Hunter Henry

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60 114
Eric Ebron is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Allmighty_O added Eric Ebron

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72 146
Zach Miller is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Zach Miller Tight end

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47 83
Coby Fleener is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Coby Fleener Tight end

The Best Wide Receivers of All Time

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46 86
Charles Clay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Charles Clay Fullback, Tight end

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22 20
Jack Doyle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jack Doyle

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45 104
Gary Barnidge is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Gary Barnidge Tight end

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46 84
Dwayne Allen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Dwayne Allen Tight end

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58 145
Jermaine Gresham is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jermaine Gresham Tight end

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20 25
O.J. Howard is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
O.J. Howard O.J. Howard

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39 20
Evan Engram is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Evan Engram Tight end

The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time

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34 14
Hunter Henry is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Hunter Henry Tight end

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48 163
Brandon Pettigrew is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Brandon Pettigrew Tight end

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12 25
Austin Hooper is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Austin Hooper

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10 28
Richard Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Richard Rodgers

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41 63
Benjamin Watson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Benjamin Watson Tight end

34
25 17
Jesse James is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jesse James Tight end

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24 19
David Njoku is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
David Njoku Tight end

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19 20
Austin Hooper is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Austin Hooper Tight end

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17 21
Me is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
TheHighlightReel added Me

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17 24
Austin Seferian-Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
TRENT13 added Austin Seferian-Jenkins

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8 23
Tyler Kroft is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
TRENT13 added Tyler Kroft

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16 96
Brandon Myers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Brandon Myers Tight end

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5 21
George Kittle is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
George Kittle Tight end

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5 23
Tyler Higbee is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Tyler Higbee Tight end

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5 24
Adam Shaheen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Adam Shaheen Tight end

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7 55
James Hanna is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
VeryOaty89 added James Hanna Tight end

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6 58
Phillip Supernaw is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
VeryOaty89 added Phillip Supernaw Tight end