What does TE mean?

Tight end

When you see ‘TE’ in football discussions, it stands for Tight End. This is a crucial offensive position in the game of football. The main duties of a TE are to block for the Running Back (RB) and Quarterback (QB), as well as to catch passes thrown by the QB.

A TE typically lines up on the line of scrimmage, right next to the offensive linemen. They can also spread out wide, taking on a similar position to a Wide Receiver (WR). While in the early days of the National Football League (NFL), TEs mostly focused on run and pass blocking, their role has evolved to include more pass-catching duties.

Because TEs are expected to block a lot, they’re usually big and strong. This doesn’t mean they can’t be effective pass-catchers, though. They often handle shorter passes, generally in the 5 to 15 yard range. In Fantasy Football (FFB), TEs can earn points by catching passes and scoring touchdowns (TDs).

There have been many famous TEs throughout football history. George Kittle, Travis Kelce, Jason Witten, Jimmy Graham, Zach Ertz, and Dallas Clark are just a few examples of players who have excelled in this position.

Example for using ‘TE’ in a conversation

Hey, did you watch the football game last night?

Yeah, it was awesome! Did you see that TE catch?

Totally! The TE made a great play and scored a touchdown.

I know, right? TEs are so versatile in the game.