With Rob Gronkowski officially announcing his retirement from the NFL, a new debate has brewed for NFL fans - who is the best tight end in the league?
Zach Ertz seems to be a strong candidate for this title. Last year, he set the NFL record for most receptions by a tight end in a season with 116. He also finished the season with 1,163 yards and 8 touchdowns. He was Carson Wentz's most trusted target and the numbers obviously showed. but how does he stack up against the other great tight end's in the league?
The other main candidate for best tight end in the NFL would be Travis Kelce. Kelce is most likely the favorite for this title across the country. He led all tight ends in touchdowns with 10, while also putting up a whopping 1,336 receiving yards. Kelce is the definition of consistency. He had over 1,000 yards in 3 straight seasons. Definitely hard to compete with those numbers.
The other candidate that would be in contention for this title is newcomer George Kittle. Kittle led the league in receiving yards last season with 1,377 yards. He also put up 5 touchdowns on the season in only his second year in the NFL. Kittle played on a really bad team in 2018, and was the only bright spot in the offense after Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL in week 3. While Kittle may have had one of the better seasons, I believe we need to see a little more consistency from him. I would like to see him have this type of year multiple times before we can start calling him the best in the entire league.
Zach Ertz is alongside some great competition in this debate, and absolutely deserves to be in the conversation. If he has another historic year like he did last year, he could definitely be considered the best tight end in the NFL.