Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 2014

Regular season totals, through Week 1

Revised as of 9/9/2014

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.

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RECEIVING: Minimum 3 passes, 39 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Thomas DEN 43 1 76.3% 2 8 104 137 3 88% 1 0/0
M.Bennett CHI 34 2 34.6% 8 10 70 140 1 80% 0 1/28
Z.Ertz PHI 33 3 102.1% 1 5 77 99 1 60% 0 0/0
G.Olsen CAR 31 4 36.4% 7 11 83 126 1 73% 0 0/0
V.Davis SF 24 5 51.0% 4 6 44 89 2 67% 0 0/0
J.Graham NO 24 6 32.4% 9 10 82 104 0 80% 0 0/0
D.Walker TEN 20 7 64.6% 3 4 37 68 1 75% 0 0/0
N.Paul WAS 14 8 43.8% 6 4 86 52 0 100% 1 0/0
T.Eifert CIN 12 9 47.7% 5 3 37 43 0 100% 0 0/0
O.Daniels BAL 9 10 22.8% 10 5 34 47 0 80% 0 0/0
L.Donnell NYG 8 11 6.3% 14 8 56 69 1 63% 0 0/0
Z.Miller SEA 8 12 20.2% 11 4 42 43 0 75% 0 0/0
T.Kelce KC 7 13 12.2% 13 5 49 48 0 60% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Cumberland NYJ 7 14 15.5% 12 5 50 41 0 80% 0 0/0
A.Gates SD 6 15 2.2% 16 10 81 63 0 60% 0 0/0
K.Rudolph MIN 2 16 2.7% 15 4 16 25 1 50% 0 0/0
H.Miller PIT 2 17 0.7% 17 4 26 26 0 75% 0 0/0
T.Wright NE 1 18 -2.0% 18 3 15 21 0 100% 0 0/0
D.Allen IND 1 19 -4.8% 19 5 64 33 1 80% 1 0/0
J.Cook STL 1 20 -6.1% 20 8 56 40 0 50% 0 0/0
A.Fasano KC 0 21 -6.4% 21 6 29 37 1 50% 0 0/0
A.Quarless GB -1 22 -12.6% 23 4 26 20 0 75% 0 0/0
M.Rivera OAK -2 23 -11.4% 22 5 31 31 0 60% 0 0/0
L.Kendricks STL -3 24 -23.5% 27 3 12 8 0 67% 0 0/0
J.Fauria DET -4 25 -25.7% 29 3 26 9 0 33% 0 0/0
L.Toilolo ATL -4 26 -16.4% 25 6 19 31 1 50% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Cameron CLE -4 27 -22.0% 26 5 47 15 0 40% 0 0/0
R.Housler ARI -4 28 -30.8% 30 3 16 6 0 33% 0 0/0
D.Pitta BAL -7 29 -14.7% 24 15 83 66 0 67% 0 0/0
B.Celek PHI -8 30 -32.5% 32 4 15 9 0 75% 0 0/0
B.Myers TB -9 31 -23.6% 28 8 41 25 0 75% 0 0/0
D.Sims MIA -11 32 -61.6% 37 3 9 -7 0 33% 0 0/0
M.Lewis JAC -16 33 -31.9% 31 9 35 19 0 67% 0 0/0
C.Clay MIA -16 34 -50.3% 34 6 27 -4 0 33% 0 0/0
J.Amaro NYJ -17 35 -75.4% 39 4 7 -16 0 50% 0 0/0
J.Gresham CIN -17 36 -62.9% 38 5 16 -11 0 40% 0 0/0
R.Gronkowski NE -19 37 -33.2% 33 11 40 20 1 36% 0 0/0
J.Witten DAL -19 38 -54.9% 35 6 14 -8 0 33% 0 0/0
C.Fleener IND -32 39 -60.6% 36 8 21 -19 0 38% 0 0/0

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