tight end


Definition of tight end

: an offensive football end who lines up close to the tackle and can act as a lineman or receiver

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That score went to tight end Garrett Celek, who was freed after Seahawks safety Tedric Thompson slipped and rumbled 41 yards into the end zone. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Instant analysis: Three impressions from the Seahawks’ 26-23 loss to the San Francisco 49ers," 16 Dec. 2018 His father, Ferrell was a Pro Bowl tight end for the Miami Dolphins in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Will Graves, The Seattle Times, "What wall? Steelers rookie Edmunds proving reliable, durable," 26 Dec. 2018 On the field, free agent receivers Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel and tight end Trey Burton diversify Trubisky’s targets and provide Nagy flexibility to exploit matchups. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "Mitch Trubisky's ability to command Matt Nagy's offense will define the Bears' season," 11 July 2018 New tight end Trey Burton was reportedly one of Trubisky’s favorite targets during minicamp and the two are quickly building chemistry. Kalyn Kahler, SI.com, "NFC North Offseason Report Cards: Vikings Go All-In for Kirk Cousins, Packers Bring in TE Help," 21 June 2018 Golden started out as a tight end, added 60 pounds since his sophomore year and now, at 6-foot-6, 285 pounds, is one of the state's top offensive tackles. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Recruiting: Peoria OL Jacob Golden commits for football to Boise State," 15 June 2018 Among the players the Lions expressed interest in but did not sign were tight end Trey Burton (who signed a four-year, $32 million deal with the Chicago Bears) and defensive tackles Beau Allen (three years, $15 million) and Johnathan Hankins. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions' Bob Quinn: 'I’m really happy with how offseason’s gone'," 27 Mar. 2018 Luke, who walked on at Texas A&M to play tight end, was eventually reduced to 150 pounds. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "Cowboys' radio voice opens up about son's fight against cancer," 18 June 2018 They were captivated by the team’s tight end coach, who was frequently teased for being just 23 years old. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Entry-Level Coaching Job That Catapulted 33-Year-Old Sean McVay to Stardom," 31 Jan. 2019

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1962, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of tight end

American football : a player on the offensive team who plays in a position on the line of scrimmage and who blocks and sometimes catches passes

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