Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 2016

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 7/28/2017

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, 46 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
T.Kelce KC 261 1 222 1 26.0% 5 21.0% 117 1,125 1,231 4 73% 0 0/0
J.Graham SEA 204 2 194 2 25.1% 6 23.4% 96 923 977 6 69% 2 2/38
M.Bennett NE 197 3 164 3 33.4% 4 26.6% 73 701 836 7 75% 0 2/7
C.Brate TB 149 4 146 4 20.4% 8 19.8% 81 660 780 8 70% 1 1/4
E.Ebron DET 149 5 141 6 20.1% 9 18.6% 85 711 784 1 72% 0 2/19
H.Henry SD 148 6 140 7 33.4% 3 31.2% 53 478 628 8 68% 1 0/0
R.Gronkowski NE 136 7 142 5 44.5% 2 46.9% 38 540 517 3 66% 1 1/9
G.Olsen CAR 134 8 123 9 8.3% 17 7.0% 129 1,073 1,014 3 62% 0 2/25
J.Doyle IND 131 9 96 13 18.7% 10 11.8% 75 584 707 5 79% 1 1/3
D.Allen IND 108 10 96 14 21.8% 7 18.6% 52 406 547 6 67% 1 1/35
A.Hooper ATL 106 11 95 15 46.8% 1 41.1% 27 271 397 3 70% 0 1/11
D.Walker TEN 102 12 102 11 8.4% 16 8.4% 103 808 773 7 64% 1 1/27
J.Reed WAS 102 13 130 8 9.9% 14 14.8% 89 690 719 6 74% 1 0/0
V.Davis WAS 96 14 100 12 16.8% 11 17.6% 59 581 546 2 75% 0 0/0
G.Barnidge CLE 89 15 81 17 10.0% 13 8.6% 81 612 624 2 68% 0 1/12
Z.Miller CHI 85 16 87 16 12.5% 12 12.9% 64 486 547 4 73% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
Z.Ertz PHI 75 17 106 10 3.4% 22 7.8% 106 816 753 4 74% 0 1/8
T.Eifert CIN 57 18 79 18 9.6% 15 16.2% 47 394 406 5 62% 0 1/7
V.McDonald SF 41 19 22 22 6.7% 18 0.4% 45 391 335 4 53% 0 0/0
D.Sims MIA 34 20 36 19 6.3% 20 7.0% 35 256 286 4 74% 0 0/0
J.Tamme ATL 25 21 15 25 4.7% 21 -0.2% 31 210 234 3 71% 0 0/0
M.Rivera OAK 23 22 17 24 6.4% 19 3.0% 25 192 187 1 72% 0 0/0
C.J.Uzomah CIN 18 23 -4 30 -0.2% 23 -8.6% 38 234 258 1 66% 0 0/0
C.Fleener NO 16 24 18 23 -4.5% 25 -4.0% 82 633 501 3 61% 2 1/12
L.Green PIT 14 25 33 20 -0.4% 24 8.6% 34 304 205 1 53% 0 0/0
C.Walford OAK 9 26 -17 33 -4.7% 26 -12.1% 52 359 310 3 63% 0 0/0
C.Clay BUF 4 27 6 27 -6.5% 27 -6.2% 87 552 468 4 66% 0 1/22
A.Gates SD 4 28 6 26 -6.6% 28 -6.3% 93 548 541 7 57% 1 2/24
J.Witten DAL 0 29 25 21 -7.2% 29 -3.2% 95 673 507 3 73% 1 0/0
R.Rodgers GB -6 30 -1 29 -9.1% 32 -7.7% 47 271 253 2 64% 0 1/18
G.Celek SF -6 31 -23 35 -9.0% 30 -13.8% 50 357 281 3 58% 2 0/0
J.Cook GB -15 32 -7 31 -11.5% 33 -9.2% 51 377 261 1 59% 1 1/30
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Lewis JAC -16 33 -23 36 -14.8% 36 -18.4% 30 169 141 1 67% 0 0/0
K.Rudolph MIN -17 34 3 28 -9.1% 31 -6.9% 132 840 710 7 63% 0 1/6
V.Green DEN -19 35 -11 32 -14.8% 37 -11.9% 37 237 167 1 59% 0 0/0
J.Thomas JAC -23 36 -39 38 -13.8% 35 -18.3% 51 281 249 4 59% 0 1/17
J.James PIT -26 37 -21 34 -13.7% 34 -12.5% 60 338 285 3 65% 0 0/0
J.Gresham ARI -48 38 -40 39 -18.7% 38 -16.9% 61 391 247 2 61% 1 1/2
D.Harris KC -63 39 -69 43 -36.9% 45 -39.6% 31 123 42 1 55% 1 0/0
C.J.Fiedorowicz HOU -67 40 -31 37 -18.8% 39 -12.7% 89 559 342 4 61% 1 0/0
W.Tye NYG -68 41 -64 41 -22.2% 42 -21.4% 70 395 234 1 69% 0 0/0
L.Kendricks LARM -70 42 -89 45 -19.7% 40 -23.2% 87 499 321 2 57% 1 2/40
R.Griffin HOU -77 43 -62 40 -22.9% 43 -19.8% 74 442 249 2 68% 1 1/6
T.Burton PHI -83 44 -70 44 -27.9% 44 -24.6% 60 327 159 1 62% 0 0/0
D.Pitta BAL -96 45 -65 42 -19.7% 41 -15.6% 121 729 439 2 71% 1 2/33
T.Higbee LARM -109 46 -111 46 -68.5% 46 -69.5% 29 85 -88 1 38% 0 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
E.Swoope IND 85 81 46.7% 44.0% 22 297 319 1 68% 0 1/0
L.Toilolo ATL 85 82 57.5% 55.1% 19 264 295 2 68% 0 0/0
S.Devalve CLE 52 55 57.5% 61.5% 12 127 179 2 83% 0 0/0
B.Koyack JAC 38 26 16.6% 8.8% 24 161 217 1 79% 0 0/0
M.Gray MIA 37 33 22.2% 18.6% 17 174 187 0 82% 0 0/0
A.Seferian-Jenkins 2TM 32 37 15.4% 18.7% 20 154 191 1 65% 0 1/25
Dar.Fells ARI 28 27 14.3% 13.5% 18 154 169 1 78% 0 1/5
S.Anderson HOU 17 24 8.0% 13.8% 16 93 131 1 69% 0 1/36
D.Brown CHI 15 30 4.1% 15.1% 20 124 148 1 80% 0 1/11
A.Fasano TEN 13 16 5.2% 8.0% 14 83 119 2 57% 0 2/19
L.Willson SEA 13 19 2.5% 6.9% 21 129 141 2 71% 0 0/0
J.Cameron MIA 6 -1 0.6% -8.5% 11 60 75 1 73% 0 0/0
E.Dickson CAR 6 7 -2.6% -1.4% 19 134 116 1 53% 0 0/0
N.Oleary BUF 5 7 -1.2% 0.8% 14 114 87 0 64% 0 0/0
T.Kroft CIN 5 5 0.0% -1.1% 12 92 74 0 83% 0 0/0
D.Jones MIA 3 0 -2.9% -6.7% 10 61 72 1 70% 0 1/2
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
N.Sterling JAC 3 5 -4.5% -2.0% 16 110 94 0 75% 0 0/0
J.Heuerman DEN 2 7 -5.6% -1.0% 17 141 96 0 53% 0 0/0
A.Derby DEN 1 1 -6.7% -6.3% 20 161 101 0 80% 1 0/0
D.Johnson PIT 0 2 -6.7% -4.9% 11 80 68 0 64% 0 0/0
J.Phillips 2TM -1 1 -8.0% -6.8% 14 72 93 1 71% 0 2/21
X.Grimble PIT -2 -13 -8.5% -16.2% 21 118 115 2 52% 0 0/0
D.Waller BAL -10 -13 -15.1% -17.6% 17 85 83 2 59% 0 0/0
B.Celek PHI -12 -2 -16.7% -9.0% 19 152 80 0 74% 1 0/0
B.Bostick NYJ -13 -9 -25.2% -20.0% 11 63 32 0 73% 0 0/0
J.Adams NYG -17 -12 -19.4% -16.0% 21 123 79 1 76% 1 0/0
C.Gillmore BAL -17 -6 -26.3% -14.0% 14 71 38 1 57% 0 0/0
J.Hill NO -20 -17 -20.4% -18.4% 22 149 85 1 68% 0 0/0
B.Myers TB -22 -23 -27.9% -28.9% 14 59 41 1 50% 0 1/1
R.Ellison MIN -41 -53 -51.9% -64.5% 14 57 -12 0 64% 0 0/0
L.Paulsen CHI -57 -53 -84.0% -78.6% 10 15 -62 0 30% 0 0/0
L.Donnell NYG -61 -66 -48.1% -51.4% 22 92 -7 1 68% 1 0/0

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