George Kittle Tops Chiefs' Travis Kelce on ESPN Rankings of Best TEs for 2022

By: The Trend Wire

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In a poll conducted by ESPN of the league's executives, coaches, and players, George Kittle of the San Francisco 49ers was chosen as the league's best tight end for the third consecutive year.

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The poll results were released by ESPN's Jeremy Fowler on Thursday, with an unknown NFC offensive coach complimenting the Niners playmaker's capacity to change the course of a game.

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The coach remarked, "To me, the main thing about him is that he is such a dynamic player with or without the ball, run game, and run after catch.

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"He will never be a proficient route runner. But because of the way he plays through contact, his shrewdness, and his quick play speed, he can outplay everyone."

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The top four players in the ESPN TE rankings remained the same from 2021, and the fifth spot was filled by a newcomer to the top 10:a

George Kittle (San Francisco 49ers) Travis Kelce (Kansas City Chiefs) Darren Waller (Las Vegas Raiders) Mark Andrews (Baltimore Ravens) Kyle Pitts (Atlanta Falcons)

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Few tight ends in history have been as effective as Kelce as a pass-catcher, even if Kittle's essential role in the passing game and as a punishing blocker in the rushing attack have helped him hold the top spot.

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Zach Ertz has the next-highest total among TEs since the Chiefs star's 2014 debut with 6,372 receiving yards, moving him up to sixth place all-time.

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AFC scout told Fowler, "When it comes to route running, he'll be out there whole game and asked to isolate and win, there's still nobody better at the position."

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Following the departure of wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who was traded to the Miami Dolphins, Kelce will become even more crucial to the Chiefs in 2022.

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Pitts appears to be going up quickly for a potential changing of the guard, despite the fact that the top of ESPN's tight end rankings have been quite static in recent years.

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An NFL coordinator informed Fowler that "He'll be in that Waller and Kelce class after next year." "Wait until he works it out," I told him. "He doesn't even know what he's doing yet."

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Pitts made 17 games in 2021 and had 68 catches for 1,026 yards, but he only managed one touchdown. He'll be more dependable in the red zone once his route running is a little more honed, and that's when he'll really break out in the NFL.

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He should once again serve as the No. 1 target in a revamped Falcons passing game that already has rookie Drake London and Bryan Edwards as its primary wide receivers for new quarterback Marcus Mariota, even if that process takes a little longer.

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Other newcomers to the top 10 of ESPN's tight end list were Dalton Schultz of the Dallas Cowboys (No. 8) and Dawson Knox of the Buffalo Bills (No. 9).