Top 10 tight ends through Week 7

New England's Rob Gronkowski owns the No. 1 spot on our list of the best NFL tight ends through seven weeks.

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(AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

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Top 10 tight ends through Week 7

We’re now seven weeks through the NFL season, and the league’s best tight ends are beginning to separate themselves from the crowd.

Using our recently released 2015 Player Grades, here are Pro Football Focus’ top 10 tight ends entering Week 8 of the season:

(Editor’s note: This list was updated following the completion of Week 7’s MNF game.)

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Gronk remains atop our rankings

Week 7 brought Rob Gronkowski his lowest-graded game of the season—and it was still well above average. Against the Jets, Gronk hauled in 11-of-15 targets for 108 yards, while fighting for 57 yards after the catch. His touchdown reception was his sixth of the season, tied with Tyler Eifert for the most of any tight end.

Gronkowski isn’t just a threat through the air; the Patriot also owns the best run-blocking grade among tight ends, and the sixth-best pass-blocking grade.

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Chase is a General Editor at PFF, focusing on the site’s NFL content strategy. His work has been featured in ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Insider, and The Cincinnati Enquirer.

  • James Shoe

    You have got to be kidding? Greg Olsen not even in the top 10? That really detracts from your otherwise excellent coverage and analysis. You see Kawann Short’s talent, so I know you are watching Panthers game film. do you just forget to watch the Panthers offense?


      This is overall grades. Greg Olsen is not a good blocker. His receiving grade alone must not be good enough to make the list.

    • CJ

      Olsen is 11th and a few of the players above him appear to be small sample size scaling issues.

  • JGaLaXY

    BARNIDGE SON!!! lol

  • crosseyedlemon

    Grading tight ends has to be a dirty job if you haven’t latex gloves handy.

  • Brian

    Analytics are overrated in football. Its not like baseball where u can just base everything off analytics. In football analytics is a tool that is a small piece of the game of football. Its doesn’t take analytics to see that gronk is easily the best most dominant tight end in football. He’s also the most dominant offensive weapon in the league and maybe even the best weapon in the league as well. I think in a lot of other offenses gronk would have even better statistics than gronk has had.

    • crosseyedlemon

      I think analytics are overated in all pro sports. You simply can’t quantify the psychological aspects involved or the importance of experience or leadership.

      • Brian

        I agree w that.

    • Riffle,Rod&Fly

      It gives us something fun to talk about.

    • Riffle,Rod&Fly

      The high chance of injury and shortened careers make it even more problematic. It gives us something fun to talk about though.

      • Brian

        Very true

      • crosseyedlemon

        I’m not aware of any data that shows NFL careers are shorter now. I think the average career still runs around 4.5 years. Careers should actually be getting longer with rule changes designed to make the game safer and the continuing advances in sports sciences.

        • Riffle,Rod&Fly

          I meant shortened careers due to injury, basically turnover. Not shortened careers vs. any historical precedent for the league.

    • shaunhan murray

      Good thing this isn’t a analytics website

  • alexander

    funny that there are 2 baltimore TEs in the list, but the one thats becoming the go to TE is Nick Boyle, So… soon could be 3 BLT TEs here?

  • [email protected]

    Give me Greg Olsen right now over anybody besides Gronk.If it wasn’t for him, Can would be throwing to himself…reliable hands and not afraid of contact like Jimmy Sham. what is a Maxx Williams?? This list is trash

  • Scott West

    The few times I’ve seen Eifert he’s looked like Gronk Jr.; looking forward to a Pats-Bengals playoff game. Gronk is so dangerous because he’s so versatile. Expect the Pats to run at Wake to take advantage of his aggressive rush, then play action to make him hesitate, give Brady time. Gronk really shines when the plan mixes run and pass, and defenses are basically always wrong however they line up against him, because Brady can move to a role that makes them wrong.

  • Bishop Brick

    This list is fuckin trash. After gronk ill take greg olsen over anybody.