During the 2019 NFL season, a lot of tight ends had breakout seasons and some became the top receivers on their teams. Some of the these tight ends are reliable, old-fashioned tight ends while others play like wide receivers trapped in a tight end's body. These tight ends are extremely great targets for their quarterbacks. These are the top 5 tight ends in the NFL.
Andrews had a big breakout year for the Ravens in 2019. In 2019, he had 30 more receptions, 300 more yards, and 7 more touchdowns than he did in the 2018 season. Andrews finished the year with 64 receptions, 852 yards, and 10 touchdowns. He was the top target for MVP Lamar Jackson and became the best target on the Ravens. Andrews' development was a big part of the Ravens success and he should have more great years coming.
Waller had the 2nd best season of any tight end this season, but this was the 1st great year of his NFL career. Waller finished the year with 90 receptions, 1145 yards, and 3 touchdowns. He had a fantastic year and was the top target for Derek Carr. Waller was a 6th round pick in the 2015 draft and he had 3 extremely ineffective years before his awesome 2019 season. Waller solidified himself as a top 5 tight end during the 2019 season.
After a record breaking 2018, Ertz had a bit of down year in 2019. He was hurt for the last 2 games of the season and that held his stats back a little bit. He still had a nice year with 88 receptions, 916 yards, and 6 touchdowns. Ertz is the most reliable tight end in the league and is the main target for the Philadelphia Eagles offense. He has had 700+ receiving yards in every season since 2014 and is one of the best tight ends in the game.
George Kittle made himself a top 3 tight end in the past 2 years of his career. He had 1,000+ receiving yards in both 2018 and 2019. Kittle broke the record for most yards by a tight end in 2018. He finished 2019 with 85 receptions, 1053 yards, and 5 touchdowns. Kittle brings so much energy to the 49ers offense and is Jimmy Garoppolo's favorite target. He had great years in 2018 and 2019 and is the 2nd best tight end in the NFL.
Travis Kelce is the best tight end in the league and there is no question about it. He has the size of a tight end and the skills of a receiver which makes him an absolute nightmare to cover. Kelce had 97 receptions, 1229 yards, and 5 touchdowns in 2019. It certainly helps that Patrick Mahomes is his quarterback, but regardless he is the best in the NFL. Travis Kelce is the most dominant tight end in the NFL.