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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 right now. 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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Travis Kelce is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Kansas City Chiefs
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Zach Ertz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
slaft added Zach Ertz Philadelphia Eagles
3
Greg Olsen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Carolina Panthers
4
Jimmy Graham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Green Bay Packers
5
Jason Witten is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Dallas Cowboys
6
Antonio Gates is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
San Diego Chargers
7
Jordan Reed is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Washington Redskins
8
Kyle Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Minnesota Vikings
9
Delanie Walker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Tennessee Titans
10
George Kittle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
George Kittle
11
Evan Engram is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
New York Giants
12
Tyler Eifert is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Cincinnati Bengals
13
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
14
Jared Cook is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jared Cook New Orleans Saints
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Vernon Davis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Washington Redskins
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David Njoku is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Cleveland Browns
17
Eric Ebron is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Allmighty_O added Eric Ebron Indianapolis Colts
18
Hunter Henry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Los Angeles Chargers
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DELETE is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Julius Thomas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Denver Broncos
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Austin Hooper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Austin Hooper
22
Trey Burton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
TRENT13 added Chicago Bears
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Vance McDonald is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
TRENT13 added Pittsburgh Steelers
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Zach Miller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, Arizona State Sun Devils football
25
Gary Barnidge is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers