The 2022 NFL season is approaching, and The Playmaker is here to give you his Top 5 rankings for each position. Today is Top 5 rankings for tight ends.
5. Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles
The tight end position, a position that requires you to do multiple such as blocking on running plays as well as be a dangerous threat in the passing game. To stat off this list, we head to Philadelphia, where the Eagles number two receiver is their tight ends in Dallas Goedert. Despite being more of a running team with Miles Sanders, Jordan Howard, and Boston Scott in the backfield most of the season along with dual-threat QB Jalen Hurts, Goedert had a productive 2021 season. 830 yards receiving on 56 catches with four touchdowns. These number were second on the team behind Heisman Trophy winner and Eagles 2021 first-round pick in DeVonta Smith. Now the Eagles offense looks to be the NFC East favorites going into 2022 with the addition of A.J. Browns from Tennessee to go along with a great 2022 draft class head by DT Jordan of Georgia. Goedert will have a chance at a better year with Brown on one side, Smith on the other side, and Hurts being the dangerous dual-threat QB. Oh, not to the best running attack in the NFL from 2021 as well.
4. Kyle Pitts, Atlanta Falcons
Number four on the list comes from the Dirty South. Ja' Marr Chase wasn't the only receiver with a 1,000 yards season in 2021. Insert Atlanta Falcons TE Kyle Pitts. The Florida Gator draftee came to be one of the Falcons bright spots on offense outside of Cordarrelle Patterson. Despite being pressured a lot and on his back so many, QB Matt Ryan found ways to get the rookie TE involved in the offense. 68 catches for 1,026 yards and a touchdown. Now that Matty Ice has left the ATL for Indianapolis and that Marcus Mariota is set to the QB1 in Atlanta, the expectations might be down in year two. However, Athur Smith heads the offense as head coach and back in his Tennessee days with Mariota the TEs were involved heavily so expectation Pitts to get his fair share of targets if not more in 2022.
3. George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers
Arguably one the best TEs in the game today resides in the Bay Area and had a down year in 2021 compared to his normal standards outside of the 2020 season. Talking the electrifying George Kittle of the San Francisco 49ers. It wasn't Kittle best season in 2021, but still was top three in the NFL and is third on this list. Coming off two injuries 2020 with a knee then fractured foot, Kittle was working his way back in 2021. 71 catches for 910 yards receiving with six touchdowns, Kittle was still a force to be reckoned with. Just like it was mentioned was talking about Deebo Samuels, the uncertainties at QB and with Deebo Samuels, the 49ers could look very different in 2022. Nevertheless, no matter who is at QB and whether or not Samuels plays, George Kittle will be beasting for the 49ers once again.
2. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
As mentioned earlier that George Kittle is one of the best TEs in the NFL, well the same can be said for number two. Arrowhead Stadium is rocking, because Travis Kelce has landed. Kelce has been at the top of TEs years. Kelce is coming off of his sixth consecutive 1,000 yard receiving year in 2021. 92 catches for 1,125 yards with nine touchdowns. It was an up-and-down for Kelce and the Chiefs in 2021 but managed to still be top tow in AFC and reach the AFC Championship before falling to the Cincinnati Bengals. Kelce going into his ninth year as a pro with have new teammates as Tyreek Hill was traded to the Miami Dolphins this offseason. Nevertheless, Patrick Mahomes is still the QB in KC and Andy Reid is still the head man, so Kelce still be amongst the top TEs in 2022.
1. Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens
Now the number one TE on our list resides in Baltimore, Maryland. The Big Crabcake as Chris "Boomer" Berman would say. The number one for the Baltimore Ravens and Lamar Jackson is one Mark Andrews. Andrew statically had the best season of TEs in 2021. 107 catches for 1,361 yards with nine touchdowns, Andrews was the man in Baltimore. It didn't matter the down or distance, Jackson would find his big TE every time in a down year for the Ravens. The big question for Andrews and Ravens Flock is can the Ravens and Lamar Jackson get a deal done before the season starts? The expectation is that the Ravens will bounce back in 2022 and look for Andrews to build on what 2021 was.