Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 2016

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 1/2/2017

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 264 1 221 1 26.3% 6 20.9% 117 1,125 1,236 4 73% 0 0/0
J.Graham SEA 211 2 200 2 26.5% 5 24.7% 95 923 986 6 68% 2 2/38
M.Bennett NE 200 3 166 3 34.6% 3 27.5% 72 695 838 7 75% 0 2/7
R.Gronkowski NE 156 4 162 4 52.1% 1 54.5% 38 540 560 3 66% 0 1/9
H.Henry SD 149 5 139 7 33.9% 4 31.1% 53 478 631 8 68% 1 0/0
E.Ebron DET 148 6 140 6 19.9% 9 18.4% 85 711 782 1 72% 0 2/19
C.Brate TB 148 7 146 5 20.2% 8 19.7% 81 660 777 8 70% 1 1/4
G.Olsen CAR 132 8 122 8 8.1% 16 6.9% 129 1,073 1,011 3 62% 0 2/25
J.Doyle IND 130 9 95 14 18.6% 10 11.7% 75 584 706 5 79% 1 1/3
D.Allen IND 108 10 96 13 22.0% 7 18.6% 52 406 548 6 67% 1 1/35
A.Hooper ATL 107 11 95 15 47.1% 2 41.0% 27 271 398 3 70% 0 1/11
D.Walker TEN 98 12 99 11 8.1% 17 8.2% 102 800 755 7 64% 1 1/27
V.Davis WAS 96 13 99 12 16.7% 11 17.6% 59 581 546 2 75% 0 0/0
J.Reed WAS 93 14 122 9 8.5% 15 13.3% 89 690 701 6 74% 1 0/0
G.Barnidge CLE 88 15 81 17 9.9% 13 8.5% 81 612 623 2 68% 0 1/12
Z.Miller CHI 84 16 86 16 12.3% 12 12.8% 64 486 545 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 71 17 105 10 2.9% 22 7.7% 106 816 746 4 74% 0 1/8
T.Eifert CIN 57 18 78 18 9.6% 14 16.0% 47 394 406 5 62% 0 1/7
V.McDonald SF 40 19 21 22 6.3% 19 -0.1% 45 391 333 4 53% 0 0/0
D.Sims MIA 34 20 36 19 6.2% 20 6.9% 35 256 286 4 74% 0 0/0
J.Tamme ATL 25 21 15 25 4.5% 21 -0.3% 31 210 233 3 71% 0 0/0
M.Rivera OAK 23 22 17 24 7.0% 18 2.8% 25 192 190 1 72% 0 0/0
C.J.Uzomah CIN 20 23 -4 30 0.4% 23 -8.7% 38 234 262 1 66% 0 0/0
C.Fleener NO 15 24 18 23 -4.6% 26 -4.1% 82 633 499 3 61% 2 1/12
L.Green PIT 14 25 33 20 -0.3% 24 8.5% 34 304 206 1 53% 0 0/0
A.Gates SD 13 26 14 26 -5.2% 27 -5.1% 92 548 554 7 58% 1 2/24
C.Walford OAK 10 27 -17 33 -4.3% 25 -12.3% 52 359 314 3 63% 0 0/0
C.Clay BUF 4 28 5 28 -6.5% 28 -6.4% 87 552 469 4 66% 0 1/22
J.Witten DAL -1 29 24 21 -7.4% 29 -3.3% 95 673 505 3 73% 1 0/0
R.Rodgers GB -5 30 1 29 -8.8% 31 -7.0% 47 271 254 2 64% 0 1/18
G.Celek SF -8 31 -23 35 -9.7% 32 -13.9% 50 357 276 3 58% 2 0/0
K.Rudolph MIN -12 32 9 27 -8.6% 30 -6.3% 131 840 716 7 63% 0 1/6
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Cook GB -16 33 -7 31 -11.7% 33 -9.2% 51 377 260 1 59% 1 1/30
M.Lewis JAC -17 34 -24 36 -15.4% 37 -18.5% 30 169 139 1 67% 0 0/0
V.Green DEN -19 35 -12 32 -15.1% 36 -12.0% 37 237 165 1 59% 0 0/0
J.Thomas JAC -24 36 -40 38 -14.1% 35 -18.4% 51 281 246 4 59% 0 1/17
J.James PIT -26 37 -22 34 -13.7% 34 -12.6% 60 338 286 3 65% 0 0/0
J.Gresham ARI -50 38 -41 39 -19.4% 39 -17.1% 61 391 241 2 61% 1 1/2
D.Harris KC -62 39 -69 43 -36.2% 45 -39.7% 31 123 45 1 55% 1 0/0
W.Tye NYG -68 40 -65 41 -22.3% 42 -21.5% 70 395 233 1 69% 0 0/0
C.J.Fiedorowicz HOU -69 41 -32 37 -19.2% 38 -12.8% 89 559 338 4 61% 1 0/0
L.Kendricks LARM -71 42 -90 45 -19.9% 41 -23.3% 87 499 318 2 57% 1 2/40
R.Griffin HOU -79 43 -63 40 -23.1% 43 -19.9% 74 442 246 2 68% 1 1/6
T.Burton PHI -84 44 -70 44 -28.0% 44 -24.6% 60 327 158 1 62% 0 0/0
D.Pitta BAL -94 45 -65 42 -19.5% 40 -15.7% 121 729 443 2 71% 1 2/33
T.Higbee LARM -109 46 -111 46 -68.5% 46 -69.7% 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 46.5% 43.9% 22 297 318 1 68% 0 1/0
L.Toilolo ATL 84 81 56.8% 54.9% 19 264 293 2 68% 0 0/0
S.Devalve CLE 44 46 42.0% 44.5% 13 127 170 2 77% 0 0/0
B.Koyack JAC 38 25 16.4% 8.6% 24 161 217 1 79% 0 0/0
M.Gray MIA 37 33 22.5% 18.5% 17 174 188 0 82% 0 0/0
A.Seferian-Jenkins 2TM 32 37 15.2% 18.5% 20 154 191 1 65% 0 1/25
Dar.Fells ARI 27 27 14.0% 13.5% 18 154 169 1 78% 0 1/5
D.Brown CHI 15 30 3.7% 15.0% 20 124 147 1 80% 0 1/11
L.Willson SEA 13 19 2.4% 6.9% 21 129 140 2 71% 0 0/0
A.Fasano TEN 11 13 2.5% 5.0% 14 83 114 2 57% 0 2/19
J.Cameron MIA 6 -1 0.4% -8.5% 11 60 75 1 73% 0 0/0
E.Dickson CAR 6 7 -2.6% -1.5% 19 134 116 1 53% 0 0/0
N.Oleary BUF 5 7 -1.4% 0.7% 14 114 87 0 64% 0 0/0
T.Kroft CIN 5 4 -0.2% -1.4% 12 92 74 0 83% 0 0/0
N.Sterling JAC 3 5 -4.3% -2.1% 16 110 94 0 75% 0 0/0
J.Heuerman DEN 2 7 -5.9% -1.2% 17 141 96 0 53% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Johnson PIT 0 2 -6.8% -4.9% 11 80 68 0 64% 0 0/0
S.Anderson HOU 0 9 -7.1% 0.9% 16 93 89 1 69% 0 0/0
A.Derby DEN 0 1 -7.5% -6.4% 20 161 99 0 80% 1 0/0
J.Phillips 2TM -1 1 -7.9% -6.7% 14 72 93 1 71% 0 2/21
X.Grimble PIT -2 -13 -8.7% -16.2% 21 118 115 2 52% 0 0/0
D.Jones MIA -6 -10 -15.6% -20.7% 10 61 50 1 70% 0 1/2
D.Waller BAL -10 -13 -15.0% -17.6% 17 85 83 2 59% 0 0/0
B.Celek PHI -11 -1 -16.2% -8.3% 19 155 82 0 74% 1 0/0
B.Bostick NYJ -13 -9 -25.5% -20.1% 11 63 32 0 73% 0 0/0
J.Adams NYG -16 -11 -19.3% -15.6% 21 122 79 1 76% 1 0/0
C.Gillmore BAL -17 -6 -26.2% -14.2% 14 71 38 1 57% 0 0/0
J.Hill NO -21 -17 -21.0% -18.6% 22 149 83 1 68% 0 0/0
B.Myers TB -22 -23 -28.3% -29.0% 14 59 40 1 50% 0 1/1
R.Ellison MIN -42 -53 -52.0% -64.8% 14 57 -12 0 64% 0 0/0
L.Paulsen CHI -57 -53 -84.5% -78.6% 10 15 -63 0 30% 0 0/0
L.Donnell NYG -61 -66 -48.5% -51.5% 22 92 -9 1 68% 1 0/0

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