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Top 10 Tight Ends Entering the 2018 NFL Season

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

It is very rare to find a very good tight end. It is a bonus for teams to have a tight end that can be a force in the passing game. Tight ends are supposed to catch the football like wide receivers and block like an offensive lineman. Who are the top 10 tight ends entering the 2018 NFL season?

10. Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts: Doyle was a very good security blanket for Jacoby Brissett last season. Doyle had a very good season without having Andrew Luck throwing him the football. If Luck comes back healthy, Doyle could even have a better 2018 and maybe a chance to make it to the Pro Bowl. He caught 80 passes for 690 yards receiving and four touchdowns.

9. Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins: Reed can be an offensive force when he is healthy, but he struggled to stay healthy last season. Reed had toe and hamstring issues last season. He will be a great target for Alex Smith. Jordan Reed made it to the Pro Bowl during the 2016 season. He only played in six games and had 27 receptions for 211 yards receiving and two touchdowns. In 12 games during the 2016 season, Jordan Reed caught 66 passes for 686 yards receiving and six touchdowns.

8. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings: Rudolph played a big role in the Minnesota Vikings offense last season, especially in the red zone. He is one of the most underrated tight ends in the league. Rudolph is good at out muscling defenders. He will be very reliable for Kirk Cousins. Kyle Rudolph caught 57 passes for 532 yards receiving and eight touchdowns.

7. Jimmy Graham, Green Bay Packers: Graham hasn't been the same tight end ever since he was traded from the New Orleans Saints to the Seattle Seahawks. Graham was asked to block more often and he isn't a blocking tight end. He is more of a receiving tight end and a vertical threat. With Jordy Nelson not being in Green Bay anymore as Rodgers's favorite target, maybe Graham could be Rodgers's go-two guy. Jimmy Graham is still very athletic, but he is 31 years old now. Jimmy Graham caught 57 passes for 520 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns, with the Seattle Seahawks last season.

6. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers: Olsen missed nine games last season with a foot injury. He has been Cam Newton's favorite target and security blanket. Olsen isn't the fast tight end in the world, but he is one of the most reliable tight ends. Olsen only caught 17 passes for 191 yards receiving and one touchdown last season. In 2016, he was a Pro Bowler and Greg Olsen caught 80 passes for 1,073 yards and three touchdowns.

5. Evan Engram, New York Giants: Engram was the only bright spot for the New York Giants offense last season. He played his tail off every week. Engram is already one of the best tight ends in the league and he is also very athletic. Engram runs good routes and has very good hands. He hopes to even put up bigger numbers in his second season as an NFL player. Evan Engram caught 64 passes for 722 yards receiving and six touchdowns.

4. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles: Ertz was a Pro Bowler last season and he was very reliable down the middle of the field for Nick Foles and Carson Wentz. Ertz caught the game-winning touchdown in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots. It gave them their first Super Bowl Title in franchise history. Zach Ertz is a very good possession tight end. He caught 74 passes for 824 yards receiving and eight touchdowns.

3. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans: Walker is a very athletic tight end that can catch the ball well and block well. Ever since coming to Tennessee, he has been of the best tight ends in the league. If Walker started his career with the Tennessee Titans and not the San Francisco 49ers, it is quite possible Walker could be a hall of famer. Maybe even if Walker continues to put up very good numbers over the next four or five years, maybe he will be viewed differently. Delanie Walker caught 74 passes for 807 yards receiving and three touchdowns.

2. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs: Kelce was Alex Smith's favorite target, but now he will be catching passes from Patrick Mahomes. Travis Kelce can line up anywhere on the field. He is a freak on the field. Kelce also has an attitude as well. He has had 1,000-yard seasons the past two years. Kelce has been to the Pro Bowl three times in his career. He is a big part of the Kansas City Chiefs offense and the Chiefs offense didn't run the same when left the AFC Wild Card Game in the second-quarter with a concussion against the Tennessee Titans at home. Travis Kelce caught 83 passes for 1,038 yards receiving and eight touchdowns.

1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots: Gronkowski might be the greatest tight end to ever play football. He is a freak of nature. Gronkowski blocks effectively and he catches passes anywhere on the field. The Patriots will some times line him up on the outside on a small cornerback or line him in the slot on a linebacker. Gronkowski always comes down with the football and sometimes he is just unguardable. Rob Gronkowski has had injuries throughout his career and sometimes that does effect the Patriots offense. He always has the ability to take over a game at any moment and he is always tough to slow down. Rob Gronkowski caught 69 passes for 1,084 yards receiving and eight touchdowns.

This article was originally published on @gk18