NFL tight end rankings for 2019
The 2019 NFL season represents the complete changing of the guard at tight end ## ## . Two future Hall of Famers, Rob Gronkowski and Antonio Gates, have left the game, and another, Jason Witten, is back for brief respite.
Now the best at the position is represented by young rising stars, some established pass catchers and a couple of late career bloomers. These are the 10 tight ends who stand out above the rest from the end of last season and going into the next one, according to Sporting News’ NFL team.
MORE 2019 NFL RANKINGS:Howard needed only 10 games to post 34 catches for 565 yards and five TDs in his second season. He was even better at stretching the field than Kittle was, averaging 16.6 yards per catch for a second straight season. New Bucs coach Bruce Arians does not typically deploy tight ends in the passing game, but he will make use of Howard’s downfield domination. If Howard delivers and comes back durable from the knee and ankle injuries that cut short his 2018 season, he will challenge Kittle for the top spot in 2020.