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The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time  

Ranker NFL
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List Rules Vote up the players who had the most success playing tight end for the Lions

The Detroit Lions have had some great tight ends throughout the franchise’s history. This list of past Lions tight ends features former greats, current impact players, and even future stars. As the tight end position increasingly becomes more of a focal point in the offensive schemes of today, one can only imagine what this list could look like in years down the road. No matter what happens in the evolution of this position, these Detroit tight ends have left a legacy for this that can’t be taken away. 

Great Detroit Lions players such as Charlie Sanders, Jim Gibbons, and Brandon Pettigrew have gone down as some of the best tight ends in franchise history.

So who is the greatest tight end in Detroit Lions history? Which of these tight ends has left a lasting legacy in the Motor City? Vote below for who you think is the best Detroit Lions tight end of all time!

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1
Charlie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time

1968-1977

Lions stats: 128 games played,  336 receptions, 4,817 yards, 31 TDs

2
Jim Gibbons is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time

1958-1968

Lions stats: 140 games played, 287 receptions, 3,561 yards, 20 TDs

3
Casey FitzSimmons is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time

2003-2009

Lions stats: 99 games played, 88 receptions, 677 yards, 5 TDs

4
David Sloan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time
David Sloan

1995-2001

Lions stats: 90 games played, 180 receptions, 2,024 yards, 15 TDs

5
Brandon Pettigrew is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time

2009-2015

Lions stats: 93 games played, 301 receptions, 2,965 yards, 17 TDs

6
Tony Scheffler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time
Tony Scheffler

2010-2013

Lions stats: 50 games played, 120 receptions, 1,311 yards, 8 TDs

7
David Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time
David Lewis

1984-1986

Lions stats: 42 games played, 54 receptions, 678 yards, 7 TDs

8
Joseph Fauria is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time
Joseph Fauria

2013-2014

Lions stats: 23 games played, 24 receptions, 281 yards, 8 TDs

9
David Hill is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time
David Hill

1976-1982

Lions stats: 100 games played, 245 receptions, 3,054 yards, 23 TDs

10
Rob Rubick is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time

1982-1988

Lions stats: 88 games played, 44 receptions, 511 yards, 3 TDs

11
Will Heller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time
Will Heller

2009-2012

Lions stats: 64 games played, 56 receptions, 525 yards, 5 TDs

12
Eric Ebron is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time
Eric Ebron

2014-2018

Lions stats: 56 games played, 186 receptions, 2,070 yards, 11 TDs

13
Dan Campbell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time

2006-2008

Lions stats: 19 games played, 23 receptions, 330 yards, 4 TDs

14
Marcus Pollard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time

2005-2006

Lions stats: 31 games played, 58 receptions, 616 yards, 3 TDs

15
Ron Kramer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time

1965-1967

Lions stats: 39 games played, 59 receptions, 678 yards, 1 TD

16
Jimmie Giles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time

1986-1987

Lions stats: 13 games played, 25 receptions, 260 yards, 3 TDs

17
Mikhael Ricks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time
Mikhael Ricks

2002-2003

Lions stats: 30 games played, 64 receptions, 773 yards, 5 TDs

18
John Hilton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time
John Hilton

1972-1973

Lions stats: 19 games played, 11 receptions, 203 yards, 2 TDs

19
Michael Gaines is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time
Michael Gaines

2008

Lions stats: 16 games played, 23 receptions, 260 yards, 1 TD

20
Walter Rasby is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time
Walter Rasby

1998-2000

Lions stats: 48 games played, 28 receptions, 216 yards, 3 TDs

21
Levine Toilolo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time
Levine Toilolo

2018

Lions stats: 16 games played, 21 receptions, 263 yards, 1 TD

22
Luke Willson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time

2018

Lions stats: 14 games played, 13 receptions, 87 yards, 0 TDs

23
Ulysses Norris is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time
Ulysses Norris

1979-1983

Lions stats: 68 games played, 41 receptions, 510 yards, 8 TDs

24
Stephen Alexander is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time
Stephen Alexander

2004

Lions stats: 16 games played, 41 receptions, 377 yards, 1 TD

25
Darren Fells is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time
Darren Fells

2017

Lions stats: 16 games played, 17 receptions, 177 yards, 3 TDs