Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 2014

Regular season totals, through Week 15

Revised as of 12/16/2014

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.

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, 47 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.Gronkowski NE 264 1 259 1 25.4% 5 24.8% 121 1,093 1,256 11 63% 0 2/19
T.Kelce KC 162 2 175 2 26.9% 4 29.4% 72 747 755 5 78% 4 0/0
G.Olsen CAR 158 3 174 3 13.3% 11 15.4% 117 961 991 6 69% 1 0/0
A.Gates SD 156 4 173 4 21.0% 8 24.0% 83 662 804 10 70% 1 2/37
J.Thomas DEN 149 5 151 5 30.2% 2 30.8% 56 456 659 12 73% 1 0/0
J.Graham NO 146 6 133 6 12.2% 12 10.6% 106 782 948 9 69% 1 1/17
H.Miller PIT 129 7 117 7 18.1% 9 15.8% 76 652 708 3 74% 2 0/0
Z.Ertz PHI 123 8 99 10 21.4% 7 15.8% 64 531 632 3 61% 1 3/50
D.Allen IND 114 9 106 8 27.5% 3 24.9% 47 395 524 8 62% 1 1/35
M.Bennett CHI 105 10 78 14 6.5% 19 2.9% 114 857 876 6 71% 0 3/37
N.Paul WAS 99 11 84 13 22.5% 6 17.9% 49 488 495 1 76% 1 0/0
J.Witten DAL 95 12 98 11 12.1% 13 12.7% 77 564 620 4 69% 0 0/0
T.Wright NE 91 13 100 9 35.5% 1 39.9% 29 232 377 6 83% 0 0/0
C.Fleener IND 88 14 97 12 8.9% 15 10.4% 78 682 653 6 54% 0 2/24
O.Daniels BAL 69 15 64 15 8.0% 16 6.8% 68 474 531 4 66% 0 0/0
L.Green SD 42 16 30 19 16.2% 10 9.8% 25 226 240 0 76% 0 1/7
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Quarless GB 41 17 47 16 6.5% 18 8.8% 42 306 336 3 64% 0 0/0
A.Fasano KC 37 18 27 20 7.8% 17 4.0% 34 225 283 4 71% 0 0/0
D.Walker TEN 35 19 36 18 -1.1% 25 -0.9% 91 793 560 4 58% 1 0/0
D.Sims MIA 34 20 44 17 11.3% 14 16.7% 29 234 226 1 66% 0 0/0
K.Rudolph MIN 32 21 24 22 6.4% 20 3.3% 34 231 264 2 71% 0 0/0
L.Kendricks STL 24 22 22 23 2.8% 22 2.0% 34 207 258 4 71% 0 0/0
J.Dray CLE 21 23 25 21 4.5% 21 6.8% 27 238 196 1 59% 0 0/0
C.Ford MIN 16 24 20 24 0.2% 23 2.2% 33 236 215 1 67% 0 0/0
C.Harbor JAC 13 25 17 26 -1.2% 26 0.6% 34 289 208 1 76% 0 1/11
J.Amaro NYJ 13 26 17 27 -3.0% 27 -1.8% 47 311 281 2 74% 0 0/0
G.Graham HOU 12 27 13 28 -0.4% 24 0.3% 28 197 172 1 64% 0 0/0
M.Lewis JAC 4 28 4 30 -4.7% 28 -4.9% 25 200 147 1 64% 0 0/0
G.Barnidge CLE 2 29 -7 31 -5.6% 29 -12.1% 25 156 126 0 52% 0 0/0
S.Chandler BUF 2 30 20 25 -6.8% 31 -2.5% 63 440 355 2 67% 0 0/0
J.Reed WAS 2 31 10 29 -6.7% 30 -4.1% 51 390 275 0 76% 0 0/0
L.Donnell NYG -18 32 -8 32 -10.5% 32 -8.7% 81 560 426 6 70% 4 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Cook STL -22 33 -30 36 -11.3% 33 -12.9% 84 556 408 3 52% 0 0/0
B.Watson NO -28 34 -30 35 -22.9% 38 -24.3% 27 116 89 2 63% 0 1/21
C.Clay MIA -29 35 -29 34 -13.6% 34 -13.6% 68 446 323 2 69% 0 0/0
A.Seferian-Jenkins TB -31 36 -33 37 -19.8% 37 -20.5% 38 221 142 2 55% 1 0/0
J.Carlson ARI -36 37 -25 33 -18.8% 35 -15.4% 50 329 183 1 60% 0 0/0
L.Willson SEA -41 38 -40 39 -26.9% 41 -26.6% 33 191 86 1 52% 0 0/0
J.Cameron CLE -41 39 -38 38 -23.1% 39 -21.8% 37 295 129 1 49% 0 2/13
J.Tamme DEN -58 40 -66 41 -40.7% 46 -45.4% 26 103 19 2 50% 1 1/31
E.Ebron DET -61 41 -43 40 -29.8% 44 -23.2% 41 210 94 1 56% 0 0/0
V.Davis SF -66 42 -73 42 -29.5% 43 -31.9% 49 236 106 2 51% 0 0/0
M.Rivera OAK -67 43 -79 43 -19.1% 36 -21.0% 87 503 334 4 63% 2 0/0
B.Celek PHI -73 44 -81 45 -28.4% 42 -30.9% 50 324 131 0 60% 1 0/0
J.Gresham CIN -74 45 -88 46 -24.6% 40 -27.9% 66 378 197 3 76% 2 0/0
J.Cumberland NYJ -90 46 -80 44 -43.1% 47 -39.2% 39 181 15 1 46% 0 0/0
L.Toilolo ATL -109 47 -96 47 -39.9% 45 -36.1% 46 207 44 2 54% 1 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 9-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
Dan.Fells NYG 62 61 49.6% 48.1% 15 160 228 3 80% 1 1/11
J.Hill NO 57 56 32.1% 31.4% 20 176 247 5 70% 0 0/0
G.Escobar DAL 52 51 47.4% 46.1% 12 105 195 4 75% 0 0/0
C.Helfet SEA 41 33 26.5% 20.2% 20 176 191 2 50% 0 0/0
C.Gillmore BAL 17 18 12.7% 14.7% 12 90 106 1 67% 0 0/0
T.Moeaki SEA 3 8 -3.2% 3.3% 12 113 71 1 58% 0 0/0
B.Myers TB 3 -1 -5.6% -8.3% 24 169 128 0 75% 0 0/0
C.Gragg BUF -1 1 -8.6% -5.9% 10 48 57 1 70% 0 0/0
R.Ellison MIN -3 1 -9.1% -6.3% 21 138 114 1 67% 0 0/0
R.Housler ARI -5 -13 -13.1% -21.2% 14 96 66 0 50% 0 0/0
J.Doyle IND -6 -9 -12.6% -15.6% 14 74 75 1 86% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.Hewitt CIN -7 -8 -21.1% -23.1% 9 55 28 0 78% 0 0/0
R.Rodgers GB -9 -7 -12.9% -12.0% 22 172 112 2 59% 0 0/0
D.Pitta BAL -12 -11 -15.2% -14.6% 22 125 99 0 73% 0 0/0
R.Griffin HOU -12 -11 -22.4% -20.5% 12 58 42 1 50% 0 0/0
B.Pettigrew DET -24 -29 -33.8% -39.8% 15 70 23 0 67% 0 0/0
D.Carrier SF -24 -18 -32.5% -25.8% 14 105 28 0 64% 1 0/0
J.Fauria DET -26 -16 -35.6% -24.3% 12 74 21 1 50% 0 0/0
D.Rosario CHI -27 -32 -33.2% -38.3% 18 90 28 0 72% 1 0/0
L.Paulsen WAS -28 -28 -38.0% -38.0% 14 72 16 1 86% 1 0/0
E.Dickson CAR -33 -36 -42.1% -45.4% 14 66 8 0 50% 1 0/0
C.Coffman TEN -39 -34 -51.3% -46.1% 13 50 -10 1 38% 0 0/0

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