Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 2014

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 12/29/2014

Tight ends are ranked according to DYAR, or Defense-adjusted Yards Above Replacement. This gives the value of the performance on plays where this TE caught the ball, compared to a replacement-level TE in the same game situations and then translated into yardage. DYAR (and its cousin, YAR, which isn't adjusted based on opponent) is further explained here.

The other statistic given is DVOA, or Defense-adjusted Value Over Average. This number represents value, per play, over an average TE in the same game situations. The more positive the DVOA rating, the better the player's performance. DVOA (and its cousin, VOA, which isn't adjusted based on opponent) is further explained here.

The simple version: DYAR means a tight end with more total value. DVOA means a tight end with more value per play.

Effective Yards, listed in red, translate DVOA into a yards per attempt figure. This provides an easy comparison: in general, players with more Effective Yards than standard yards played better than standard stats would otherwise indicate, while players with fewer Effective Yards than standard yards played worse than standard stats would otherwise indicate. Effective Yards are not the best way to measure total value because they are more dependent on usage than DYAR.

DYAR and DVOA include all passes intended for the receiver, both complete and incomplete. Catch Rate represents the percentage of passes to this receiver completed. This is a reference to incomplete passes, not dropped passes: dropped passes are not specified in publicly available play-by-play, and unfortunately we cannot yet correct for this.

  • We cannot yet fully separate the performance of a receiver from the performance of his quarterback. Be aware that one will affect the other.
  • These statistics measure only passes thrown to a receiver, not performance on plays when he is not thrown the ball, such as blocking and drawing double teams.
  • All fumbles are considered equal, whether recovered by the offense or defense.
  • DPI lists the number of plays and yards where the tight end drew Defensive Pass Interference. These plays are incorporated into DVOA and DYAR, but are not included in the totals for Passes or Yards.

Clicking on a player's name will bring you to his FO player page with advanced stats through the most recent season.

RECEIVING: Minimum 25 passes, 50 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.Gronkowski NE 234 1 251 1 19.4% 7 21.4% 131 1,124 1,248 12 63% 0 2/19
A.Gates SD 202 2 223 2 23.7% 5 27.0% 98 821 987 12 70% 1 2/37
G.Olsen CAR 175 3 181 4 14.4% 11 15.1% 123 1,009 1,065 6 68% 1 0/0
T.Kelce KC 171 4 195 3 22.6% 6 26.7% 87 862 856 5 77% 4 0/0
J.Witten DAL 144 5 170 5 17.7% 8 22.1% 90 703 800 5 71% 0 0/0
H.Miller PIT 144 6 125 8 16.2% 9 13.3% 91 761 827 3 73% 1 0/0
J.Thomas DEN 140 7 141 6 24.5% 3 24.9% 62 489 674 12 69% 1 0/0
Z.Ertz PHI 126 8 128 7 13.1% 12 13.5% 89 702 793 3 65% 1 3/50
C.Fleener IND 114 9 114 9 10.3% 14 10.4% 92 774 791 8 55% 0 2/24
J.Graham NO 113 10 105 10 5.6% 19 4.6% 125 889 992 10 68% 2 2/17
D.Allen IND 110 11 98 11 25.2% 2 21.5% 49 395 527 8 59% 1 1/35
N.Paul WAS 109 12 86 13 24.0% 4 17.5% 52 507 531 1 75% 1 0/0
T.Wright NE 88 13 97 12 30.4% 1 34.2% 33 259 388 6 79% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Bennett CHI 86 14 49 17 2.7% 21 -1.5% 128 916 909 6 70% 0 3/37
O.Daniels BAL 58 15 50 16 4.0% 20 2.6% 78 527 556 4 62% 0 0/0
L.Kendricks STL 51 16 52 15 11.8% 13 12.1% 38 259 335 5 71% 0 0/0
L.Green SD 41 17 32 20 15.7% 10 11.0% 25 226 238 0 76% 0 1/7
D.Sims MIA 40 18 56 14 10.2% 15 17.0% 36 284 283 2 67% 0 0/0
R.Ellison MIN 30 19 35 19 9.6% 16 12.2% 26 208 215 1 73% 0 0/0
C.Ford MIN 30 20 25 22 5.9% 18 4.0% 35 258 256 1 66% 0 0/0
D.Walker TEN 26 21 22 24 -3.5% 29 -4.0% 107 890 625 4 59% 2 0/0
J.Dray CLE 26 22 25 23 6.6% 17 6.3% 28 242 211 1 61% 0 0/0
A.Quarless GB 23 23 26 21 -0.3% 25 0.6% 46 323 329 3 63% 0 0/0
J.Amaro NYJ 21 24 19 26 -1.3% 28 -1.8% 53 345 332 2 72% 0 0/0
L.Willson SEA 20 25 21 25 0.6% 23 1.0% 40 362 254 3 55% 0 0/0
A.Fasano KC 17 26 15 28 -0.5% 26 -1.6% 37 226 255 4 68% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
G.Graham HOU 17 27 15 27 2.4% 22 1.3% 28 197 183 1 64% 0 0/0
K.Rudolph MIN 16 28 11 30 -0.2% 24 -2.5% 34 231 231 2 71% 1 0/0
S.Chandler BUF 15 29 35 18 -3.9% 30 0.4% 70 497 420 3 67% 0 0/0
G.Barnidge CLE 9 30 -5 32 -0.7% 27 -10.9% 25 156 142 0 52% 0 0/0
C.Harbor JAC 6 31 12 29 -4.4% 31 -1.9% 35 289 199 1 74% 0 1/11
C.Clay MIA 1 32 7 31 -7.2% 32 -6.0% 84 605 478 3 69% 0 0/0
M.Lewis JAC -5 33 -13 35 -9.7% 33 -13.6% 31 206 160 2 58% 0 0/0
R.Rodgers GB -9 34 -8 33 -11.3% 36 -10.7% 30 225 166 2 67% 0 0/0
J.Reed WAS -16 35 -9 34 -11.1% 35 -9.5% 65 465 319 0 77% 1 0/0
L.Donnell NYG -18 36 -17 36 -10.2% 34 -10.1% 92 628 480 6 68% 4 0/0
B.Myers TB -23 37 -30 38 -18.5% 39 -21.9% 32 190 122 0 69% 0 0/0
A.Seferian-Jenkins TB -29 38 -30 39 -19.0% 40 -19.3% 38 221 147 2 55% 1 0/0
B.Watson NO -31 39 -30 37 -22.2% 43 -21.8% 31 136 105 2 65% 0 1/21
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Cook STL -32 40 -40 42 -12.3% 37 -13.5% 98 634 465 3 53% 0 0/0
J.Cameron CLE -33 41 -31 40 -17.4% 38 -16.6% 48 424 205 2 50% 0 2/13
J.Carlson ARI -43 42 -38 41 -19.9% 41 -18.5% 55 350 193 1 60% 0 0/0
B.Celek PHI -49 43 -59 45 -20.9% 42 -23.7% 51 340 195 1 63% 1 0/0
V.Davis SF -60 44 -66 46 -27.0% 46 -28.8% 50 245 126 2 52% 0 0/0
J.Tamme DEN -67 45 -70 47 -43.1% 50 -44.7% 28 111 11 2 50% 1 1/31
J.Cumberland NYJ -67 46 -52 43 -29.7% 47 -24.5% 47 247 106 3 49% 0 0/0
E.Ebron DET -71 47 -54 44 -30.0% 48 -24.7% 48 248 107 1 52% 0 0/0
J.Gresham CIN -78 48 -83 48 -22.7% 45 -23.7% 80 460 257 5 78% 3 0/0
M.Rivera OAK -97 49 -113 50 -22.6% 44 -25.1% 99 534 322 4 59% 3 0/0
L.Toilolo ATL -115 50 -106 49 -37.6% 49 -35.2% 53 238 69 2 58% 1 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
Dan.Fells NYG 68 62 45.3% 40.4% 18 180 258 3 78% 1 1/11
J.Hill NO 57 58 31.7% 32.7% 20 176 245 5 70% 0 0/0
G.Escobar DAL 45 47 36.8% 39.0% 13 105 183 4 69% 0 0/0
M.Gray 2TM 42 42 47.3% 46.8% 11 134 158 0 82% 0 0/0
C.Helfet SEA 25 22 9.9% 7.6% 24 185 176 2 50% 0 0/0
C.Gillmore BAL 20 21 11.4% 12.0% 15 121 134 1 67% 0 0/0
T.Moeaki SEA 14 18 9.3% 14.8% 13 134 100 1 62% 0 0/0
R.Housler ARI 9 -2 0.4% -9.1% 17 129 114 0 53% 0 0/0
R.Griffin HOU 5 7 -2.6% -0.9% 16 91 101 1 63% 0 0/0
J.Doyle IND 5 -2 -4.5% -8.6% 22 118 151 2 82% 0 0/0
E.Dickson CAR 3 -2 -5.0% -8.7% 17 115 103 1 59% 1 0/0
C.Gragg BUF -1 2 -8.4% -4.8% 10 48 57 1 70% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Pitta BAL -3 -9 -9.1% -13.6% 22 125 119 0 73% 0 0/0
C.Harkey STL -7 -8 -14.9% -16.4% 11 55 59 1 73% 0 0/0
Dar.Fells ARI -8 -16 -18.2% -28.7% 12 71 44 0 42% 0 0/0
R.Hewitt CIN -17 -16 -26.5% -25.0% 15 86 37 0 67% 0 0/0
B.Pettigrew DET -21 -28 -31.1% -39.1% 15 70 28 0 67% 0 0/0
D.Carrier SF -23 -17 -31.2% -24.6% 14 105 31 0 64% 1 0/0
J.Fauria DET -25 -14 -34.6% -22.6% 12 74 23 1 50% 0 0/0
L.Stocker TB -26 -23 -42.6% -38.4% 11 41 5 0 64% 0 0/0
C.Coffman TEN -32 -27 -40.1% -35.3% 14 64 12 1 43% 0 0/0
L.Paulsen WAS -32 -38 -36.4% -42.0% 16 78 23 1 81% 1 0/0
D.Rosario CHI -33 -38 -32.2% -36.5% 22 116 39 0 73% 1 0/0

Any tight end rushing numbers are listed on the wide receiver page for that particular year.