Football 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
Arizona Wildcats football, New England Patriots

2
459 184
Travis Kelce is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Cincinnati Bearcats football, Kansas City Chiefs

3
421 313
Greg Olsen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers, Miami Hurricanes football

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455 448
Jimmy Graham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
New Orleans Saints

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466 406
Jason Witten is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Tennessee Volunteers football, Dallas Cowboys

6
398 340
Antonio Gates is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
San Diego Chargers

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298 94
Zach Ertz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
slaft added Philadelphia Eagles

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271 204
Jordan Reed is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Washington Redskins, Florida Gators football

9
248 214
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
212 186
Delanie Walker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans

11
227 245
Tyler Eifert is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, Cincinnati Bengals

12
222 272
Martellus Bennett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Texas A&M Aggies football, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys

13
216 297
Vernon Davis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Maryland Terrapins football, San Francisco 49ers

14
131 183
Jared Cook is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans

15
152 204
Julius Thomas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Denver Broncos

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94 54
Evan Engram is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Evan Engram

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81 146
Eric Ebron is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Allmighty_O added North Carolina Tar Heels football

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55 47
O.J. Howard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
O.J. Howard

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81 188
Zach Miller is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, Arizona State Sun Devils football

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65 49
Hunter Henry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Hunter Henry

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68 91
Cameron Brate is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
jaydub17 added Cameron Brate

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56 113
Charles Clay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Miami Dolphins

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50 136
Gary Barnidge is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers

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61 36
Evan Engram is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Evan Engram

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53 112
Coby Fleener is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Indianapolis Colts

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53 27
Hunter Henry is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Hunter Henry

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65 170
Jermaine Gresham is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Cincinnati Bengals

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51 108
Dwayne Allen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Indianapolis Colts

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43 30
David Njoku is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
David Njoku

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48 187
Brandon Pettigrew is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Detroit Lions

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35 39
Jack Doyle is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jack Doyle

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39 32
Jesse James is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jesse James

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47 80
Benjamin Watson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
New Orleans Saints, Georgia Bulldogs football team, New England Patriots

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13 52
Richard Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Richard Rodgers

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38 43
Me is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
TheHighlightReel added Me

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31 33
Austin Hooper is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Austin Hooper

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11 11
Brent Celek is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
1526579089152 added Cincinnati Bearcats football, Philadelphia Eagles

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21 30
Austin Seferian-Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
SuperUnicorn33 added Washington Huskies men's basketball, Washington Huskies football

39
1 1
Ozzie Newsome is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
LuisP added Cleveland Browns

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0 1
Kobitch Cryant is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Eaglesfansince2006. added Kobitch Cryant

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0 1
Charlie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
LuisP added

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0 1
John Mackey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
LuisP added Baltimore Colts, Syracuse Orange football, San Diego Chargers

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0 1
Russ Francis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
LuisP added

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0 1
Jackie Smith is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
LuisP added St. Louis Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys

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12 29
George Kittle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
George Kittle

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19 109
Brandon Myers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Oakland Raiders, New York Giants

47
10 35
Tyler Higbee is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Tyler Higbee

48
9 67
James Hanna is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
VeryOaty89 added Oklahoma Sooners football, Dallas Cowboys

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9 38
Adam Shaheen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Adam Shaheen

50
8 71
Phillip Supernaw is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
VeryOaty89 added Houston Texans