Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 1986

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 9/14/2017

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, 39 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
T.Christensen LARD 274 1 244 1 21.4% 6 18.4% 146 1,153 1,398 8 65% 1 0/0
M.Bavaro NYG 214 2 199 2 24.0% 5 21.8% 102 1,001 1,044 4 65% 3 2/36
S.Jordan MIN 187 3 196 3 26.4% 3 28.1% 88 859 874 6 66% 0 0/0
C.Didier WAS 141 4 127 5 25.2% 4 22.0% 66 691 671 4 52% 0 1/12
R.Holman CIN 137 5 144 4 31.8% 1 33.8% 54 570 595 2 74% 1 1/9
C.Magee TB 109 6 98 7 15.6% 8 13.1% 74 562 640 5 61% 1 2/19
R.Francis SF 107 7 115 6 20.1% 7 21.9% 60 505 565 1 68% 0 1/12
P.Holohan SD 94 8 97 8 28.6% 2 29.5% 40 356 427 1 73% 0 0/0
K.Winslow SD 84 9 52 10 4.2% 15 0.0% 111 728 793 5 58% 0 0/0
M.Shuler NYJ 53 10 82 9 0.5% 18 4.7% 104 675 692 4 66% 0 0/0
O.Mobley DEN 40 11 19 18 7.7% 10 -0.1% 42 332 309 1 52% 1 0/0
E.Moorehead CHI 34 12 28 15 5.3% 13 3.1% 43 390 302 1 60% 1 0/0
D.Johnson MIA 31 13 37 12 6.8% 12 9.4% 31 170 255 4 61% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
C.Kay DEN 31 14 35 13 9.1% 9 11.0% 25 195 227 1 60% 0 2/20
D.Marsh STLC 29 15 28 16 5.0% 14 4.6% 42 313 262 0 60% 0 0/0
K.Whisenhunt ATL 29 16 16 19 7.6% 11 1.0% 34 204 226 3 62% 0 0/0
G.Baty NE 29 17 38 11 1.3% 17 4.2% 52 332 345 2 71% 0 0/0
H.Brenner NO 22 18 22 17 1.6% 16 1.7% 34 286 253 0 53% 0 2/19
B.Hardy MIA 18 19 31 14 -3.7% 21 -1.0% 71 430 462 5 76% 2 0/0
J.Spagnola PHI 15 20 11 22 -3.0% 20 -4.2% 54 397 336 1 72% 2 1/4
P.Gothard PIT 14 21 14 20 -1.6% 19 -1.5% 36 246 233 1 58% 0 0/0
D.Cosbie DAL 3 22 -19 29 -6.5% 23 -12.6% 52 312 305 1 54% 0 0/0
D.Hill LARM 2 23 0 25 -6.4% 22 -7.1% 26 204 149 1 54% 1 0/0
A.Cox ATL 1 24 10 23 -7.0% 24 -3.3% 39 301 213 1 62% 1 0/0
O.Newsome CLE1 -4 25 -8 27 -8.2% 25 -9.1% 66 417 364 3 59% 0 0/0
T.Wrightman CHI -9 26 -5 26 -11.5% 28 -9.5% 33 241 162 0 67% 1 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Tice NO -10 27 12 21 -9.9% 26 -4.2% 55 330 301 3 67% 1 1/14
P.Metzelaars BUF -16 28 2 24 -10.7% 27 -6.9% 71 485 362 3 69% 2 0/0
M.Boyer IND -18 29 -18 28 -14.8% 30 -14.8% 37 237 162 1 59% 1 0/0
J.Williams HOIL -21 30 -25 31 -15.4% 31 -16.7% 38 227 172 1 58% 0 0/0
D.Warren WAS -25 31 -28 33 -19.6% 32 -21.0% 30 164 116 1 67% 1 0/0
D.Ross GB -28 32 -24 30 -21.3% 34 -19.2% 30 143 106 1 57% 0 0/0
W.Arnold KC -33 33 -25 32 -21.1% 33 -17.7% 36 169 127 1 56% 0 0/0
J.Giles 2TM -37 34 -37 36 -14.6% 29 -14.6% 77 376 347 4 48% 0 2/20
D.Little PHI -38 35 -41 37 -27.4% 36 -29.3% 29 136 75 0 48% 0 0/0
T.Hunter LARM -41 36 -36 34 -34.5% 38 -31.2% 24 206 37 0 63% 2 1/4
P.Beach IND -46 37 -36 35 -24.0% 35 -20.4% 41 265 130 1 61% 2 1/5
R.Klever NYJ -68 38 -59 38 -36.5% 39 -32.3% 33 150 48 0 45% 0 0/0
G.Hawthorne NE -71 39 -63 39 -32.8% 37 -29.9% 41 192 79 0 59% 0 1/14

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
E.West GB 42 35 23.0% 17.9% 23 199 209 1 65% 0 0/0
J.Bell TB 28 32 25.0% 28.7% 13 120 136 0 77% 0 0/0
E.Kattus CIN 23 23 12.7% 12.5% 15 99 149 1 73% 0 1/9
M.Mularkey MIN 21 23 14.1% 16.2% 15 89 127 2 73% 0 0/0
Z.Mowatt NYG 3 -5 -4.5% -11.7% 17 119 104 2 59% 1 0/0
G.Wilkins BUF -2 -4 -10.3% -13.4% 11 74 55 0 73% 0 0/0
M.Tice SEA -8 -2 -13.2% -9.1% 22 150 95 0 68% 0 0/0
J.Hayes KC -9 -14 -17.4% -22.0% 14 69 58 0 57% 0 0/0
G.LaFleur IND -12 -7 -21.4% -15.3% 12 56 45 0 58% 0 0/0
D.Lewis DET -16 -16 -18.7% -18.6% 20 88 82 1 50% 0 0/0
T.Sherwin IND -18 -21 -29.3% -33.0% 9 26 29 1 33% 0 1/4
M.Moffitt GB -19 -14 -33.5% -25.9% 12 87 20 0 33% 0 0/0
R.Middleton ATL -26 -31 -37.9% -44.1% 11 31 15 0 55% 0 0/0
G.Hudson SEA -33 -32 -29.2% -28.6% 23 131 55 1 57% 1 0/0
J.Frank SF -44 -43 -39.4% -38.7% 19 61 19 2 47% 0 0/0
P.Coffman KC -57 -52 -39.3% -36.6% 23 75 25 2 52% 1 1/1

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