Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 2015

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 5/16/2016

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
T.Eifert CIN 247 1 230 1 42.0% 1 38.6% 74 615 961 13 70% 0 1/8
R.Gronkowski NE 235 2 211 3 21.0% 7 18.1% 120 1,176 1,213 11 60% 0 1/24
G.Barnidge CLE 218 3 188 4 19.7% 9 16.1% 125 1,043 1,153 9 63% 0 0/0
J.Reed WAS 206 4 213 2 20.1% 8 21.0% 114 952 1,084 11 76% 3 0/0
D.Walker TEN 174 5 164 6 13.0% 12 11.8% 133 1,088 1,103 6 71% 0 1/11
G.Olsen CAR 132 6 184 5 8.9% 17 15.3% 124 1,105 975 7 62% 1 2/54
A.Gates SD 113 7 91 14 13.1% 11 9.2% 85 630 714 5 66% 0 1/4
J.Graham SEA 110 8 72 17 14.8% 10 7.1% 74 605 659 2 65% 0 1/14
T.Kelce KC 110 9 108 8 9.3% 16 9.0% 103 875 798 5 70% 2 0/0
B.Celek PHI 107 10 116 7 36.8% 2 40.7% 35 398 438 3 77% 1 0/0
Z.Miller CHI 104 11 105 10 25.6% 5 26.0% 46 439 491 5 74% 0 0/0
C.Gillmore BAL 95 12 99 13 22.7% 6 23.7% 47 412 476 4 70% 0 2/10
B.Watson NO 87 13 102 11 4.9% 24 7.1% 110 825 792 6 67% 1 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
Dar.Fells ARI 86 14 106 9 35.8% 3 45.7% 28 311 357 3 75% 0 0/0
C.Brate TB 81 15 85 15 33.6% 4 35.2% 30 288 345 3 77% 0 0/0
L.Green SD 78 16 42 21 11.8% 13 3.0% 63 429 511 4 59% 0 0/0
J.Tamme ATL 68 17 100 12 5.7% 20 11.9% 81 657 585 1 73% 0 0/0
E.Ebron DET 64 18 81 16 6.5% 18 10.0% 70 537 532 5 67% 0 0/0
Z.Ertz PHI 56 19 55 19 0.2% 27 0.0% 112 853 757 2 67% 1 2/23
W.Tye NYG 51 20 44 20 5.1% 22 3.4% 62 464 457 3 68% 1 0/0
H.Miller PIT 48 21 34 24 1.2% 26 -1.3% 82 537 587 2 74% 0 4/24
R.Griffin HOU 42 22 39 22 11.5% 14 10.1% 34 251 281 2 59% 0 1/22
S.Chandler NE 39 23 32 26 5.8% 19 3.2% 42 259 339 4 55% 0 1/24
J.Witten DAL 36 24 37 23 -1.9% 28 -1.8% 104 713 647 3 74% 1 0/0
A.Seferian-Jenkins TB 33 25 62 18 5.0% 23 16.0% 39 338 294 4 54% 0 0/0
A.Fasano TEN 32 26 18 30 4.0% 25 -0.7% 42 289 305 2 62% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
L.Willson SEA 30 27 32 25 10.5% 15 12.1% 26 213 206 1 65% 0 0/0
O.Daniels DEN 26 28 19 29 -2.1% 29 -3.5% 77 517 482 3 60% 0 0/0
G.Celek SF 25 29 29 28 5.4% 21 7.1% 28 186 222 3 68% 0 0/0
R.Rodgers GB 21 30 30 27 -3.7% 30 -2.2% 85 526 544 8 68% 0 3/67
C.Walford OAK 10 31 -6 34 -4.1% 31 -9.1% 50 329 290 3 56% 0 0/0
C.Clay BUF 6 32 -2 33 -6.0% 32 -7.7% 77 528 413 3 66% 1 0/0
K.Rudolph MIN 5 33 12 31 -6.3% 33 -5.0% 73 495 432 5 67% 0 0/0
V.Davis 2TM -6 34 1 32 -8.8% 34 -7.1% 58 395 297 0 66% 0 0/0
L.Donnell NYG -15 35 -26 38 -12.6% 36 -16.7% 41 223 201 2 71% 0 0/0
J.Gresham ARI -16 36 -11 36 -14.0% 38 -11.9% 32 223 169 1 56% 0 2/0
L.Kendricks STL -17 37 -7 35 -13.6% 37 -10.1% 40 245 183 2 63% 0 0/0
M.Bennett CHI -18 38 -30 40 -10.7% 35 -12.8% 80 443 414 3 66% 2 4/95
M.Williams BAL -23 39 -40 43 -14.6% 39 -20.1% 48 268 215 1 67% 1 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
V.McDonald SF -34 40 -29 39 -19.2% 43 -17.3% 46 326 166 3 65% 2 0/0
E.Dickson CAR -35 41 -15 37 -26.3% 46 -15.5% 26 121 78 2 65% 0 0/0
D.Sims MIA -35 42 -36 41 -27.7% 47 -28.1% 25 136 67 1 72% 1 0/0
J.Hill NO -44 43 -42 45 -27.9% 48 -27.2% 30 120 83 2 53% 0 0/0
B.Bell SF -45 44 -46 46 -35.1% 50 -35.6% 25 186 38 0 60% 0 0/0
D.Allen IND -48 45 -59 48 -31.4% 49 -36.8% 29 109 62 1 55% 0 1/6
C.Fleener IND -49 46 -38 42 -15.9% 40 -14.0% 84 491 374 3 64% 0 2/36
J.Cameron MIA -50 47 -65 50 -17.9% 42 -21.1% 70 386 290 3 50% 1 3/40
M.Rivera OAK -51 48 -56 47 -25.7% 45 -27.6% 46 280 122 1 70% 2 0/0
J.Thomas JAC -57 49 -42 44 -17.7% 41 -14.9% 80 455 335 5 58% 0 1/5
M.Lewis JAC -76 50 -63 49 -37.0% 51 -32.0% 37 226 49 0 43% 0 0/0
J.Cook STL -76 51 -71 51 -23.5% 44 -22.4% 75 481 230 0 52% 2 2/81

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
V.Green DEN 66 62 51.3% 47.4% 15 173 239 1 80% 0 0/0
J.Phillips SD 39 35 37.9% 33.6% 11 69 158 1 91% 0 1/12
T.Kroft CIN 27 24 24.9% 20.9% 15 129 130 1 73% 0 0/0
J.Perillo GB 27 36 22.3% 32.9% 13 102 135 1 85% 0 1/20
B.Myers TB 18 10 11.2% 3.2% 17 127 123 0 71% 0 0/0
C.Coffman 2TM 18 15 18.8% 15.5% 11 71 96 1 73% 0 0/0
D.Carrier WAS 17 11 4.9% 0.7% 22 141 158 1 77% 0 0/0
C.Harbor JAC 17 20 4.9% 7.0% 20 149 155 1 70% 0 0/0
R.Hewitt CIN 15 13 11.8% 9.4% 12 99 99 0 67% 0 0/0
N.Boyle BAL 6 9 -3.6% -1.2% 23 153 141 0 78% 0 0/0
C.Stevens TEN 3 10 -4.7% 1.3% 16 121 108 2 75% 0 1/0
C.Gragg BUF 0 2 -7.6% -5.6% 20 150 103 0 60% 0 0/0
J.Doyle IND -1 -1 -7.9% -7.9% 14 72 87 1 86% 0 0/0
D.Harris KC -1 2 -8.6% -5.1% 11 74 58 1 64% 0 0/0
L.Stocker TB -2 -4 -9.2% -12.1% 13 61 63 1 69% 0 0/0
L.Smith OAK -2 4 -9.5% -2.7% 13 70 61 1 92% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.Ellison MIN -2 -9 -8.6% -14.0% 19 124 103 1 58% 0 0/0
J.James PIT -5 0 -13.3% -7.6% 11 56 54 1 73% 0 0/0
T.Wright DET -9 -4 -15.2% -10.9% 16 77 74 2 56% 0 0/0
B.Pettigrew DET -11 -17 -18.8% -24.7% 15 67 58 1 47% 0 0/0
M.Pruitt MIN -17 -20 -23.8% -27.2% 16 89 50 0 63% 0 0/0
C.J.Fiedorowicz HOU -19 -9 -19.6% -13.0% 24 167 90 1 71% 1 0/0
J.Hanna DAL -25 -19 -41.6% -33.5% 14 79 7 0 64% 0 0/0
L.Toilolo ATL -26 -17 -40.7% -29.0% 12 44 9 0 58% 0 1/3
M.Hoomanawanui NO -28 -21 -31.2% -25.9% 16 80 37 3 69% 1 0/0
C.Helfet SEA -31 -28 -28.5% -26.2% 22 130 56 0 59% 0 0/0
G.Escobar DAL -35 -34 -42.8% -42.0% 13 65 7 1 62% 1 0/0
J.Cumberland NYJ -35 -32 -45.1% -41.8% 14 77 2 0 36% 0 0/0
J.Cunningham NYG -36 -38 -39.3% -41.1% 16 59 16 0 50% 0 0/0
K.Davis NYJ -39 -37 -56.7% -54.3% 11 18 -19 1 27% 0 0/0
J.Dray CLE -41 -48 -43.7% -49.8% 16 61 5 0 38% 0 0/0
G.Graham HOU -70 -69 -66.4% -66.3% 19 30 -53 1 21% 0 0/0

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