Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 2013

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 3/25/2014

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, 51 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Graham NO 223 1 212 2 15.7% 12 14.6% 143 1,215 1,302 16 60% 0 0/0
J.Thomas DEN 214 2 214 1 27.0% 4 27.2% 90 788 989 12 72% 0 3/48
V.Davis SF 199 3 189 3 29.3% 3 27.5% 84 850 890 13 62% 1 0/0
T.Gonzalez ATL 135 4 137 4 8.7% 18 8.9% 121 859 1,005 8 69% 0 2/18
J.Witten DAL 134 5 120 6 11.2% 15 9.3% 111 851 904 8 66% 0 1/25
T.Wright TB 133 6 86 12 21.8% 8 11.6% 75 571 674 5 72% 0 0/0
L.Green SD 113 7 109 9 45.3% 1 43.2% 30 376 428 3 57% 0 2/35
J.Cumberland NYJ 112 8 118 7 38.0% 2 40.2% 39 398 454 4 67% 0 1/30
J.Cameron CLE 99 9 79 13 5.6% 21 2.9% 118 917 865 7 68% 1 1/11
J.Reed WAS 98 10 124 5 19.5% 9 26.6% 60 499 524 3 75% 0 0/0
R.Gronkowski NE 91 11 115 8 12.9% 14 18.4% 66 592 577 4 59% 0 2/39
B.Celek PHI 89 12 100 10 18.3% 10 21.4% 51 502 487 6 63% 1 0/0
C.Clay MIA 88 13 92 11 6.0% 20 6.5% 102 759 755 6 68% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
G.Olsen CAR 83 14 65 18 3.8% 22 1.4% 111 816 813 6 66% 0 0/0
J.Finley GB 68 15 70 15 25.8% 5 26.7% 34 300 320 3 74% 0 0/0
M.Bennett CHI 65 16 59 21 3.4% 23 2.3% 94 760 660 5 69% 1 0/0
J.Fauria DET 64 17 65 16 24.2% 6 24.9% 30 207 309 7 60% 0 0/0
A.Gates SD 63 18 62 19 0.7% 29 0.5% 113 872 807 4 68% 2 2/20
M.Rivera OAK 60 19 57 22 8.1% 19 7.2% 60 407 460 4 63% 0 1/23
Z.Ertz PHI 60 20 71 14 9.8% 17 13.0% 56 469 425 4 64% 0 0/0
J.Cook STL 58 21 65 17 2.8% 24 4.1% 86 671 608 5 59% 1 2/24
J.Tamme DEN 56 22 53 23 23.7% 7 22.2% 25 184 274 1 80% 0 1/6
K.Winslow NYJ 52 23 61 20 9.9% 16 12.7% 47 388 371 2 66% 0 1/15
L.Willson SEA 48 24 43 25 18.2% 11 15.3% 28 272 266 1 71% 0 0/0
D.Walker TEN 38 25 37 26 -0.7% 31 -0.8% 86 571 570 6 70% 1 2/32
R.Griffin HOU 38 26 43 24 13.9% 13 16.7% 28 244 234 1 68% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.Housler ARI 32 27 19 31 0.8% 28 -2.5% 57 456 406 1 68% 1 2/13
S.Chandler BUF 32 28 26 28 -1.3% 33 -2.4% 81 655 518 2 65% 1 2/7
H.Miller PIT 23 29 22 29 -2.8% 35 -3.1% 78 593 493 1 74% 1 0/0
Z.Miller SEA 22 30 13 34 -1.0% 32 -3.6% 56 387 342 5 59% 0 0/0
B.Watson NO 22 31 21 30 2.5% 25 2.1% 30 226 234 2 63% 0 0/0
S.McGrath KC 21 32 33 27 1.0% 27 5.7% 40 302 263 2 65% 0 0/0
J.Dray ARI 21 33 12 35 2.3% 26 -1.8% 32 215 233 2 81% 1 1/5
C.Harbor JAC 18 34 15 33 0.4% 30 -0.8% 35 292 237 2 69% 2 0/0
O.Daniels HOU 14 35 4 38 -2.4% 34 -5.8% 41 252 270 3 59% 0 0/0
B.Myers NYG 7 36 16 32 -5.9% 37 -4.1% 75 522 438 4 63% 0 0/0
D.Pitta BAL 6 37 -18 46 -4.6% 36 -15.3% 33 169 206 1 61% 0 1/18
L.Kendricks STL 3 38 0 40 -6.4% 38 -7.4% 46 258 265 4 70% 0 0/0
M.Lewis JAC -3 39 6 36 -8.1% 39 -5.5% 47 359 272 4 53% 1 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Clark BAL -8 40 4 39 -9.7% 40 -6.0% 52 343 274 3 60% 0 0/0
E.Dickson BAL -10 41 -2 41 -10.8% 41 -7.9% 43 273 217 1 58% 0 1/9
A.Fasano KC -12 42 5 37 -12.7% 43 -5.2% 33 200 165 3 70% 0 1/1
K.Rudolph MIN -21 43 -13 44 -13.9% 44 -11.6% 46 313 216 3 65% 0 0/0
J.Carlson MIN -24 44 -11 43 -14.6% 47 -10.7% 47 344 221 1 68% 0 0/0
C.Fleener IND -24 45 -21 48 -11.3% 42 -10.7% 87 608 454 4 60% 1 1/25
A.Quarless GB -25 46 -19 47 -14.4% 46 -12.5% 53 312 246 2 60% 0 1/8
T.Eifert CIN -27 47 -6 42 -14.0% 45 -8.9% 59 445 282 2 66% 0 0/0
B.Pettigrew DET -37 48 -18 45 -16.6% 48 -11.8% 63 416 253 2 65% 1 1/6
J.Gresham CIN -47 49 -23 49 -18.5% 49 -12.7% 67 458 249 4 69% 3 0/0
G.Graham HOU -84 50 -95 50 -21.3% 50 -23.0% 89 545 322 5 55% 2 1/10
L.Paulsen WAS -96 51 -100 51 -36.4% 51 -37.5% 50 267 69 3 56% 2 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
G.Escobar DAL 30 32 24.8% 26.7% 15 134 145 2 60% 0 0/0
C.Harkey STL 13 10 2.2% 0.3% 18 113 142 2 72% 0 0/0
C.Ford MIN 6 0 -1.2% -7.4% 16 133 104 0 69% 0 0/0
M.Hoomanawanui NE 3 -4 -4.4% -10.7% 19 136 103 1 63% 0 0/0
R.Ellison MIN 3 1 -3.1% -6.3% 10 61 68 1 50% 0 0/0
B.Bostick GB -3 2 -11.0% -5.0% 14 120 68 1 50% 0 0/0
G.Barnidge CLE -4 3 -10.7% -4.9% 18 127 98 2 72% 0 0/0
J.Hill NO -6 -6 -14.7% -15.1% 10 44 53 1 60% 0 0/0
M.Egnew MIA -9 -13 -21.2% -27.0% 11 69 35 0 64% 0 0/0
Z.Sudfeld 2TM -10 -7 -20.1% -17.2% 10 63 42 0 50% 0 0/0
D.Sims MIA -12 -13 -22.0% -23.2% 10 32 43 1 60% 0 1/2
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Paulson PIT -15 -15 -28.9% -28.1% 10 102 26 0 60% 1 0/0
J.Mastrud OAK -16 -21 -24.9% -30.1% 13 88 41 0 46% 0 0/0
T.Scheffler DET -16 -10 -26.9% -19.1% 12 82 34 0 58% 0 0/0
W.Saunders IND -17 -18 -27.6% -29.0% 11 46 33 0 36% 0 1/20
L.Toilolo ATL -19 -19 -22.4% -22.6% 14 55 63 2 79% 0 1/4
J.Hanna DAL -19 -29 -28.3% -38.8% 15 73 35 0 80% 0 0/0
V.McDonald SF -20 -27 -23.8% -29.5% 19 119 59 0 42% 0 0/0
F.Davis WAS -43 -50 -41.5% -47.1% 18 70 12 1 39% 0 0/0
V.Green DEN -44 -44 -61.0% -61.2% 12 45 -27 0 75% 0 0/0
B.Pascoe NYG -54 -48 -52.0% -46.6% 20 81 -16 0 60% 0 0/0

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