Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 2014

Regular season totals, through Week 2

Revised as of 9/16/2014

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.
  • Please note there are no opponent adjustments until after Week 4.

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

RECEIVING: Minimum 4 passes, 43 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Gates SD 71 1 63.8% 3 17 177 240 3 76% 0 0/0
Z.Ertz PHI 60 2 82.6% 2 11 163 186 1 64% 0 0/0
J.Graham NO 59 3 30.4% 12 23 200 260 2 78% 0 0/0
J.Thomas DEN 52 4 53.6% 5 13 143 184 4 85% 1 0/0
N.Paul WAS 40 5 30.5% 11 15 185 177 1 80% 1 0/0
V.Davis SF 36 6 55.3% 4 9 83 128 2 78% 0 0/0
M.Bennett CHI 31 7 16.4% 13 18 107 178 2 83% 0 1/28
O.Daniels BAL 30 8 31.3% 10 10 62 130 2 90% 0 0/0
G.Olsen CAR 28 9 15.6% 14 19 155 165 1 74% 0 0/0
T.Kelce KC 28 10 32.3% 9 11 130 119 0 64% 0 0/0
J.Carlson ARI 23 11 82.7% 1 4 63 72 0 75% 0 0/0
L.Donnell NYG 21 12 10.6% 16 17 137 145 1 71% 0 0/0
Z.Miller SEA 17 13 40.4% 6 5 64 69 0 80% 0 0/0
G.Barnidge CLE 15 14 39.5% 7 6 54 61 0 83% 0 0/0
D.Carrier SF 10 15 35.6% 8 4 41 42 0 75% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Walker TEN 10 16 0.2% 21 18 179 128 2 72% 1 0/0
M.Lewis JAC 9 17 4.1% 19 12 106 87 1 67% 0 0/0
J.Cook STL 9 18 5.8% 18 12 102 74 0 67% 0 0/0
J.Cumberland NYJ 6 19 7.8% 17 7 64 50 0 71% 0 0/0
J.Dray CLE 6 20 15.4% 15 4 35 32 0 75% 0 0/0
A.Fasano KC 3 21 -3.1% 22 10 68 69 1 60% 0 0/0
J.Fauria DET 3 22 3.1% 20 4 46 28 0 50% 0 0/0
B.Myers TB 3 23 -3.2% 23 10 74 60 0 80% 0 0/0
L.Kendricks STL -2 24 -10.7% 24 7 37 35 0 71% 0 0/0
T.Wright NE -4 25 -22.7% 27 4 15 13 0 75% 0 0/0
A.Quarless GB -5 26 -18.8% 26 6 34 26 0 67% 0 0/0
K.Rudolph MIN -5 27 -14.1% 25 12 69 54 1 58% 0 0/0
J.Cameron CLE -6 28 -27.7% 30 5 47 12 0 40% 0 0/0
D.Allen IND -9 29 -27.8% 31 6 64 16 1 67% 1 0/0
E.Ebron DET -9 30 -25.7% 29 7 38 21 0 43% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
B.Watson NO -9 31 -45.9% 36 3 4 0 0 67% 0 1/21
L.Toilolo ATL -14 32 -28.3% 32 9 32 26 1 56% 0 0/0
J.Gresham CIN -17 33 -44.7% 35 8 41 1 0 63% 0 0/0
J.Amaro NYJ -18 34 -63.5% 42 5 13 -12 0 60% 0 0/0
D.Sims MIA -18 35 -69.8% 43 5 9 -15 0 20% 0 0/0
B.Celek PHI -22 36 -58.0% 40 5 15 -11 0 60% 0 0/0
D.Pitta BAL -23 37 -25.0% 28 19 113 58 0 68% 0 0/0
H.Miller PIT -23 38 -40.9% 34 11 61 7 0 64% 1 0/0
R.Gronkowski NE -28 39 -31.8% 33 17 72 34 1 47% 0 0/0
C.Fleener IND -31 40 -53.9% 38 9 34 -12 0 44% 0 0/0
C.Clay MIA -36 41 -48.3% 37 14 58 -5 0 64% 0 0/0
M.Rivera OAK -41 42 -55.9% 39 12 62 -18 0 67% 1 0/0
J.Witten DAL -44 43 -59.1% 41 13 46 -24 0 46% 0 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 2-3 passes

Player Team DYAR DVOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.Ellison MIN 22 153.0% 2 46 58 0 100% 0 0/0
J.Doyle IND 14 77.0% 2 12 43 1 100% 0 0/0
D.Rosario CHI 10 86.0% 2 21 32 0 100% 0 0/0
T.Eifert CIN 9 33.9% 3 37 37 0 100% 0 0/0
D.Fells NYG 7 28.2% 2 8 31 1 100% 0 0/0
L.Green SD 7 52.5% 2 24 24 0 100% 0 0/0
T.Thompson TEN 6 27.6% 3 24 27 0 67% 0 0/0
A.Seferian-Jenkins TB 5 32.8% 2 26 21 0 50% 0 0/0
S.Chandler BUF 2 2.3% 3 27 25 0 67% 0 0/0
C.Gragg BUF 0 -10.2% 2 14 12 0 50% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR DVOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
V.McDonald SF -2 -25.3% 2 9 6 0 50% 0 0/0
B.Pettigrew DET -3 -27.9% 2 9 5 0 50% 0 0/0
C.Harkey STL -3 -21.8% 3 12 12 0 100% 0 0/0
R.Griffin HOU -5 -44.6% 2 6 0 0 50% 0 0/0
R.Housler ARI -5 -34.8% 3 16 5 0 33% 0 0/0
G.Escobar DAL -10 -67.7% 2 5 -8 0 50% 0 0/0
L.Paulsen WAS -13 -112.1% 2 0 -17 0 100% 0 0/0
M.Shuler JAC -17 -113.3% 2 0 -23 0 0% 0 0/0
J.Hill NO -19 -110.9% 2 -1 -26 0 50% 0 0/0

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