Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 2014

Regular season totals, through Week 12

Revised as of 11/25/2014

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 24 passes, 41 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.Gronkowski NE 201 1 202 1 25.7% 6 25.9% 90 812 951 9 64% 0 2/19
J.Graham NO 184 2 154 2 22.6% 8 17.6% 88 670 920 9 74% 1 0/0
J.Thomas DEN 136 3 139 5 28.2% 4 28.9% 54 426 620 12 74% 1 0/0
G.Olsen CAR 133 4 141 4 17.2% 11 18.6% 84 720 749 5 67% 0 0/0
A.Gates SD 133 5 143 3 26.7% 5 29.3% 60 491 620 9 67% 0 1/11
T.Kelce KC 132 6 132 6 29.2% 3 29.1% 54 542 594 4 76% 2 0/0
H.Miller PIT 110 7 112 7 24.0% 7 24.4% 54 501 537 2 80% 2 0/0
D.Allen IND 109 8 102 9 32.5% 2 29.9% 40 374 469 7 65% 1 0/0
T.Wright NE 101 9 106 8 44.8% 1 47.4% 26 220 384 6 88% 0 0/0
Z.Ertz PHI 93 10 76 10 18.1% 10 13.5% 56 460 514 2 61% 1 2/38
N.Paul WAS 87 11 72 12 20.7% 9 15.8% 46 457 452 1 74% 1 0/0
D.Walker TEN 75 12 50 15 9.0% 13 3.5% 72 667 552 4 60% 1 0/0
M.Bennett CHI 74 13 51 14 5.8% 17 1.9% 82 628 634 5 70% 0 2/28
J.Witten DAL 68 14 74 11 9.8% 12 11.1% 63 461 486 4 68% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
C.Fleener IND 56 15 63 13 6.7% 16 8.6% 56 467 457 4 55% 0 1/14
O.Daniels BAL 42 16 43 16 4.5% 18 4.8% 54 355 390 3 69% 0 0/0
A.Fasano KC 35 17 20 20 8.7% 14 1.9% 31 203 263 3 71% 0 0/0
L.Kendricks STL 33 18 25 19 8.1% 15 4.1% 30 186 254 4 73% 0 0/0
A.Quarless GB 26 19 33 17 4.1% 19 6.7% 32 230 254 3 66% 0 0/0
J.Reed WAS 17 20 28 18 1.9% 20 7.6% 29 229 197 0 83% 0 0/0
L.Donnell NYG 17 21 12 23 -3.5% 23 -4.5% 65 461 408 6 71% 3 0/0
C.Ford MIN 16 22 17 21 0.4% 21 0.7% 32 229 208 1 66% 0 0/0
C.Harbor JAC 14 23 14 22 -0.4% 22 -0.1% 32 272 198 1 78% 0 1/11
G.Graham HOU 3 24 11 24 -5.4% 24 -1.0% 28 197 154 1 64% 0 0/0
J.Amaro NYJ 3 25 5 26 -6.3% 25 -5.5% 46 291 253 2 74% 0 0/0
J.Cook STL 2 26 -21 29 -6.8% 27 -11.9% 70 473 379 1 53% 0 0/0
G.Barnidge CLE 1 27 -6 27 -6.5% 26 -11.8% 24 150 118 0 50% 0 0/0
S.Chandler BUF -16 28 6 25 -12.4% 28 -5.4% 47 335 227 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 -25 29 -20 28 -23.6% 32 -20.4% 24 151 73 1 50% 0 0/0
A.Seferian-Jenkins TB -32 30 -36 31 -19.9% 29 -21.6% 38 221 142 2 55% 1 0/0
J.Carlson ARI -37 31 -31 30 -20.6% 30 -18.5% 45 279 153 1 58% 0 0/0
J.Tamme DEN -46 32 -42 32 -37.9% 39 -35.0% 23 87 26 2 48% 0 1/31
J.Cameron CLE -55 33 -48 34 -32.3% 38 -29.1% 31 250 66 1 42% 0 2/13
L.Toilolo ATL -57 34 -52 36 -31.4% 36 -29.2% 35 189 75 1 54% 1 0/0
C.Clay MIA -60 35 -51 35 -22.5% 31 -20.2% 58 346 200 2 67% 0 0/0
V.Davis SF -60 36 -60 38 -31.5% 37 -31.2% 40 197 78 2 53% 0 0/0
B.Celek PHI -66 37 -60 37 -30.1% 35 -28.0% 41 265 99 0 61% 0 0/0
E.Ebron DET -67 38 -43 33 -40.3% 40 -28.4% 31 148 24 1 52% 0 0/0
J.Gresham CIN -71 39 -86 41 -26.7% 33 -30.9% 57 322 153 2 74% 2 0/0
M.Rivera OAK -79 40 -71 40 -27.0% 34 -25.0% 60 334 164 3 63% 2 0/0
J.Cumberland NYJ -84 41 -71 39 -46.4% 41 -40.3% 34 159 -3 1 47% 0 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 7-23 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
Dan.Fells NYG 70 68 73.5% 71.0% 12 144 227 3 92% 1 1/11
L.Green SD 47 39 23.6% 18.7% 21 210 231 0 71% 0 1/7
J.Dray CLE 46 53 32.4% 38.3% 17 190 197 1 71% 0 0/0
G.Escobar DAL 38 40 37.9% 39.3% 11 99 155 3 73% 0 0/0
J.Hill NO 33 33 23.3% 23.1% 15 144 165 3 73% 0 0/0
C.Helfet SEA 32 31 18.9% 18.4% 20 176 171 2 50% 0 0/0
D.Sims MIA 21 24 8.3% 10.3% 21 158 161 1 62% 0 0/0
C.Gillmore BAL 16 16 19.6% 20.6% 8 53 84 1 75% 0 0/0
Z.Miller SEA 9 13 11.6% 18.9% 7 76 61 0 86% 0 0/0
B.Myers TB 8 7 -1.3% -2.0% 22 169 132 0 82% 0 0/0
R.Ellison MIN 2 2 -5.4% -5.8% 19 129 113 1 63% 0 0/0
C.Gragg BUF 1 2 -6.1% -5.0% 10 48 61 1 70% 0 0/0
B.Leonhardt OAK -1 2 -9.2% -4.0% 8 35 43 1 75% 0 0/0
K.Rudolph MIN -3 -4 -9.0% -9.7% 22 146 118 1 59% 0 0/0
J.Doyle IND -5 -11 -13.0% -18.4% 13 66 69 1 85% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.Rodgers GB -8 -6 -13.8% -11.9% 17 137 84 1 65% 0 0/0
M.Lewis JAC -13 -14 -20.0% -21.4% 15 101 56 1 60% 0 0/0
R.Housler ARI -13 -23 -22.8% -34.3% 13 76 43 0 46% 0 0/0
B.Williams CAR -14 -10 -29.2% -23.3% 8 44 23 0 50% 0 0/0
D.Pitta BAL -20 -13 -20.6% -15.9% 22 125 81 0 73% 0 0/0
B.Pettigrew DET -21 -25 -32.7% -36.7% 14 68 24 0 64% 0 0/0
C.Coffman TEN -25 -25 -39.0% -39.3% 11 50 12 1 45% 0 0/0
B.Watson NO -26 -32 -26.9% -31.3% 20 88 55 0 65% 0 1/21
D.Rosario CHI -26 -26 -34.7% -34.7% 16 86 23 0 75% 1 0/0
E.Dickson CAR -26 -29 -42.1% -45.6% 11 56 6 0 55% 1 0/0
J.Fauria DET -28 -24 -56.0% -48.5% 8 49 -13 0 38% 0 0/0
D.Carrier SF -29 -18 -37.8% -26.5% 14 105 17 0 64% 1 0/0
L.Paulsen WAS -50 -50 -71.8% -71.3% 12 47 -44 0 83% 1 0/0
V.McDonald SF -50 -46 -107.2% -99.8% 7 30 -67 0 29% 1 0/0

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