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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 who 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. If you're a fantasy football player, head over and help decide the best fantasy football TEs of 2019.

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Rob Gronkowski is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Arizona Wildcats football, New England Patriots
2
Travis Kelce is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Cincinnati Bearcats football, Kansas City Chiefs
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Zach Ertz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
slaft added Philadelphia Eagles
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Jimmy Graham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
New Orleans Saints
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Greg Olsen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers, Miami Hurricanes football
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Antonio Gates is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
San Diego Chargers
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Jason Witten is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Tennessee Volunteers football, Dallas Cowboys
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Jordan Reed is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Washington Redskins, Florida Gators football
9
Kyle Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, Minnesota Vikings
10
Delanie Walker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans
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Tyler Eifert is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, Cincinnati Bengals
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Vernon Davis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Maryland Terrapins football, San Francisco 49ers
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Martellus Bennett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Texas A&M Aggies football, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys
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George Kittle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
George Kittle
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Evan Engram is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
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Jared Cook is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans
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David Njoku is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
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Eric Ebron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Allmighty_O added North Carolina Tar Heels football
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Julius Thomas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Denver Broncos
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Hunter Henry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
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DELETE is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Austin Hooper is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Austin Hooper
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Zach Miller is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, Arizona State Sun Devils football
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Trey Burton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
TRENT13 added Florida Gators football
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Vance McDonald is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
TRENT13 added San Francisco 49ers