Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 2014

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 3/29/2015

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, 50 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.Gronkowski NE 237 1 253 1 19.7% 7 21.6% 131 1,124 1,254 12 63% 0 2/19
A.Gates SD 204 2 224 2 24.1% 4 27.2% 98 821 993 12 70% 1 2/37
G.Olsen CAR 178 3 183 4 14.7% 10 15.3% 123 1,009 1,071 6 68% 1 0/0
T.Kelce KC 174 4 196 3 23.0% 5 26.9% 87 862 862 5 77% 4 0/0
J.Witten DAL 146 5 171 5 17.9% 8 22.3% 90 703 803 5 71% 0 0/0
J.Thomas DEN 140 6 142 6 24.7% 2 25.0% 62 489 675 12 69% 1 0/0
H.Miller PIT 127 7 110 10 13.5% 11 10.7% 91 761 792 3 73% 2 0/0
Z.Ertz PHI 127 8 130 7 13.3% 12 13.8% 89 702 796 3 65% 1 3/50
J.Graham NO 124 9 113 9 6.8% 17 5.6% 124 889 1,009 10 69% 2 2/17
C.Fleener IND 112 10 115 8 10.1% 15 10.6% 92 774 788 8 55% 0 2/24
N.Paul WAS 110 11 87 13 24.4% 3 17.6% 52 507 534 1 75% 1 0/0
D.Allen IND 104 12 91 12 22.7% 6 18.9% 50 395 519 8 58% 1 1/35
T.Wright NE 89 13 97 11 30.9% 1 34.4% 33 259 391 6 79% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Bennett CHI 88 14 51 16 3.0% 20 -1.3% 128 916 915 6 70% 0 3/37
L.Kendricks STL 51 15 52 15 11.8% 13 12.2% 38 259 335 5 71% 0 0/0
O.Daniels BAL 49 16 42 17 2.2% 22 0.9% 79 527 545 4 61% 0 0/0
D.Sims MIA 42 17 56 14 11.1% 14 17.1% 36 284 287 2 67% 0 0/0
L.Green SD 41 18 32 20 15.9% 9 11.0% 25 226 238 0 76% 0 1/7
C.Ford MIN 32 19 26 22 6.8% 18 4.2% 35 258 260 1 66% 0 0/0
R.Ellison MIN 31 20 35 19 10.0% 16 12.3% 26 208 216 1 73% 0 0/0
J.Dray CLE 26 21 25 23 6.6% 19 6.5% 28 242 212 1 61% 0 0/0
A.Quarless GB 24 22 26 21 -0.1% 26 0.7% 46 323 331 3 63% 0 0/0
A.Fasano KC 23 23 21 24 2.0% 23 1.2% 36 226 262 4 69% 0 0/0
L.Willson SEA 20 24 21 25 0.6% 24 1.1% 40 362 255 3 55% 0 0/0
K.Rudolph MIN 17 25 11 28 0.0% 25 -2.3% 34 231 232 2 71% 1 0/0
S.Chandler BUF 17 26 36 18 -3.6% 28 0.7% 70 497 424 3 67% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
G.Graham HOU 17 27 15 26 2.3% 21 1.5% 28 197 183 1 64% 0 0/0
D.Walker TEN 12 28 9 29 -5.6% 30 -6.0% 106 857 590 4 59% 2 0/0
G.Barnidge CLE 10 29 -5 32 -0.3% 27 -10.6% 25 156 143 0 52% 0 0/0
C.Harbor JAC 5 30 12 27 -4.8% 29 -1.7% 35 289 197 1 74% 0 1/11
C.Clay MIA 2 31 8 30 -6.9% 31 -5.8% 84 605 481 3 69% 0 0/0
J.Amaro NYJ 1 32 -1 31 -7.0% 32 -7.5% 53 345 290 2 72% 1 0/0
M.Lewis JAC -5 33 -12 35 -9.8% 33 -13.4% 31 206 159 2 58% 0 0/0
R.Rodgers GB -8 34 -7 33 -10.9% 36 -10.6% 30 225 168 2 67% 0 0/0
J.Reed WAS -15 35 -8 34 -10.8% 35 -9.2% 65 465 323 0 77% 1 0/0
L.Donnell NYG -18 36 -16 36 -10.2% 34 -9.9% 92 628 481 6 68% 4 0/0
B.Myers TB -23 37 -30 38 -18.5% 39 -21.7% 32 190 122 0 69% 0 0/0
A.Seferian-Jenkins TB -29 38 -30 39 -18.7% 40 -19.2% 38 221 148 2 55% 1 0/0
B.Watson NO -29 39 -29 37 -21.3% 43 -21.6% 31 136 109 2 65% 0 1/21
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Cameron CLE -34 40 -30 40 -17.5% 38 -16.3% 48 424 204 2 50% 0 2/13
J.Cook STL -39 41 -47 42 -13.4% 37 -14.5% 99 634 456 3 53% 0 0/0
J.Carlson ARI -43 42 -37 41 -20.0% 41 -18.3% 55 350 192 1 60% 0 0/0
B.Celek PHI -49 43 -58 45 -20.8% 42 -23.6% 51 340 196 1 63% 1 0/0
E.Ebron DET -65 44 -49 43 -28.6% 47 -23.2% 47 248 115 1 53% 0 0/0
V.Davis SF -66 45 -71 47 -28.4% 46 -30.0% 51 245 119 2 51% 0 0/0
J.Cumberland NYJ -66 46 -51 44 -29.3% 48 -24.3% 47 247 109 3 49% 0 0/0
J.Tamme DEN -67 47 -70 46 -42.8% 50 -44.5% 28 111 13 2 50% 1 1/31
J.Gresham CIN -73 48 -76 48 -21.9% 44 -22.3% 79 460 262 5 78% 3 0/0
M.Rivera OAK -97 49 -112 50 -22.6% 45 -24.8% 99 534 322 4 59% 3 0/0
L.Toilolo ATL -115 50 -106 49 -37.5% 49 -35.0% 53 238 69 2 58% 1 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
Dan.Fells NYG 75 71 42.9% 40.4% 20 188 288 4 80% 1 1/11
J.Hill NO 57 58 32.0% 32.8% 20 176 246 5 70% 0 0/0
M.Gray 2TM 52 53 55.0% 55.5% 11 134 185 0 82% 0 1/24
G.Escobar DAL 45 47 37.1% 39.3% 13 105 184 4 69% 0 0/0
C.Helfet SEA 25 22 10.2% 7.8% 24 185 177 2 50% 0 0/0
C.Gillmore BAL 20 21 11.2% 12.1% 15 121 133 1 67% 0 0/0
T.Moeaki SEA 14 19 9.8% 15.1% 13 134 101 1 62% 0 0/0
R.Housler ARI 8 -2 0.2% -9.0% 17 129 113 0 53% 0 0/0
D.Pitta BAL 5 0 -3.5% -7.4% 21 125 128 0 76% 0 0/0
R.Griffin HOU 5 7 -2.7% -0.7% 16 91 100 1 63% 0 0/0
J.Doyle IND 4 -2 -4.6% -8.5% 22 118 151 2 82% 0 0/0
E.Dickson CAR 3 -2 -5.0% -8.6% 17 115 103 1 59% 1 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
C.Gragg BUF -1 2 -8.4% -4.8% 10 48 57 1 70% 0 0/0
D.Fells ARI -2 -10 -10.7% -22.1% 11 71 52 0 45% 0 0/0
C.Harkey STL -6 -8 -14.6% -16.4% 11 55 60 1 73% 0 0/0
R.Hewitt CIN -18 -16 -27.2% -24.9% 15 86 36 0 67% 0 0/0
B.Pettigrew DET -21 -28 -31.3% -38.9% 15 70 28 0 67% 0 0/0
D.Carrier SF -22 -17 -30.6% -24.5% 14 105 32 0 64% 1 0/0
J.Fauria DET -25 -14 -34.1% -22.4% 12 74 24 1 50% 0 0/0
L.Stocker TB -26 -23 -42.5% -38.4% 11 41 5 0 64% 0 0/0
C.Coffman TEN -32 -27 -40.5% -35.1% 14 64 11 1 43% 0 0/0
L.Paulsen WAS -32 -38 -36.5% -41.9% 16 78 22 1 81% 1 0/0
D.Rosario CHI -32 -38 -31.9% -36.4% 22 116 40 0 73% 1 0/0

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