Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 1989

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 9/1/2013

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, 29 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.Holman CIN 206 1 191 1 30.4% 2 27.6% 82 736 909 9 61% 0 1/19
B.Jones SF 133 2 147 2 29.3% 4 33.2% 56 500 596 4 71% 0 0/0
M.Dyal LARD 120 3 95 4 35.5% 1 26.4% 48 499 499 2 56% 0 0/0
K.Jackson PHI 103 4 78 9 10.1% 13 5.8% 90 648 726 3 70% 1 0/0
M.Shuler NYJ 83 5 78 7 27.6% 5 25.4% 37 322 381 0 78% 0 0/0
M.Bavaro NYG 81 6 85 5 30.3% 3 32.2% 31 278 358 3 71% 0 1/7
J.Thornton CHI 80 7 59 11 25.0% 7 16.5% 39 392 384 3 62% 2 0/0
E.Sievers NE 78 8 113 3 10.6% 12 18.7% 67 615 537 0 81% 1 0/0
H.Brenner NO 76 9 78 8 13.4% 10 13.9% 49 398 474 4 69% 1 1/5
M.Mularkey PIT 66 10 70 10 26.7% 6 29.0% 34 326 305 1 65% 0 0/0
E.West GB 65 11 84 6 21.3% 8 29.4% 33 269 335 5 67% 0 0/0
S.Jordan MIN 45 12 44 12 4.3% 14 3.9% 63 506 429 3 56% 1 0/0
A.Cox SD 44 13 31 15 15.4% 9 8.8% 30 200 259 2 73% 0 0/0
C.Boso CHI 36 14 33 14 13.4% 11 11.5% 25 182 226 1 68% 0 1/24
K.Neubert NYJ 18 15 21 16 0.2% 15 1.3% 39 302 248 1 72% 2 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
P.Holohan LARM 9 16 19 18 -5.3% 18 -3.3% 73 510 420 2 70% 1 0/0
O.Newsome CLE1 6 17 14 19 -5.3% 17 -2.7% 48 326 275 1 60% 0 0/0
F.Edmunds MIA 6 18 34 13 -5.7% 19 2.3% 53 382 312 3 60% 1 0/0
J.Giles PHI 4 19 1 20 -5.1% 16 -6.9% 31 225 179 2 52% 0 0/0
R.Awalt PHX -2 20 21 17 -8.0% 20 -0.8% 51 360 267 0 65% 0 0/0
C.Kay DEN -5 21 -32 22 -8.8% 21 -18.1% 41 197 238 2 51% 0 0/0
R.Tyler SEA -6 22 -20 21 -11.0% 22 -19.9% 25 148 121 0 56% 0 0/0
R.Hall TB -16 23 -34 23 -11.4% 23 -16.1% 58 331 288 2 52% 0 0/0
Z.Mowatt NYG -30 24 -51 26 -16.7% 24 -23.1% 49 288 205 0 55% 1 0/0
S.Folsom DAL -43 25 -44 24 -19.8% 25 -20.0% 51 265 195 2 55% 0 0/0
Damone.Johnson LARM -71 26 -52 27 -29.6% 27 -23.7% 43 148 113 5 58% 0 0/0
P.Beach IND -71 27 -62 28 -46.3% 28 -41.3% 26 87 -2 2 54% 1 0/0
R.Heller ATL -75 28 -44 25 -28.3% 26 -19.6% 54 324 137 1 61% 1 0/0
J.Novacek PHX -129 29 -142 29 -47.7% 29 -51.9% 53 225 -13 1 43% 0 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
T.McNeal SEA 53 46 55.5% 47.0% 12 147 187 0 75% 0 1/4
O.Mobley DEN 53 32 30.3% 15.8% 23 200 232 0 74% 0 0/0
J.Hayes KC 47 55 24.0% 29.5% 24 229 228 2 75% 1 0/0
G.Wilkins ATL 36 23 17.2% 8.5% 20 179 200 3 40% 0 0/0
P.Metzelaars BUF 29 44 11.1% 21.0% 24 179 194 2 75% 0 0/0
D.Warren WAS 27 30 10.7% 12.6% 21 167 184 1 71% 0 0/0
C.Dressel 2TM 24 15 11.0% 4.0% 19 191 166 1 63% 1 0/0
J.Tice NO 20 23 18.1% 21.4% 12 98 111 1 75% 0 0/0
J.Caravello SD 13 4 7.6% -2.8% 13 95 104 0 77% 0 0/0
G.Scales NO 13 19 10.2% 19.4% 10 89 88 0 80% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
H.Cross NYG -1 -8 -7.9% -16.0% 14 107 72 1 43% 1 0/0
C.McEwen SD -7 -3 -16.0% -10.9% 13 99 55 0 54% 0 0/0
B.Griggs NYJ -9 -3 -16.8% -10.2% 18 112 62 0 50% 0 0/0
L.Dawson NE -11 -13 -15.9% -17.6% 19 101 85 0 63% 0 0/0
W.Harris TB -18 -21 -19.4% -22.1% 22 102 83 1 50% 0 0/0
B.Beckman ATL -19 -10 -23.0% -15.2% 17 102 60 1 65% 0 0/0
M.Boyer IND -25 -12 -28.6% -17.6% 15 58 45 2 73% 1 0/0
E.Kattus CIN -27 -26 -27.4% -26.7% 20 93 53 0 60% 0 0/0
A.Roberts KC -27 -24 -35.3% -31.8% 13 55 22 1 62% 0 0/0

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