Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 1990

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, 25 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
B.Jones SF 212 1 203 1 33.1% 2 31.4% 80 747 904 5 70% 2 0/0
K.Jackson PHI 191 2 187 2 30.1% 4 29.3% 77 670 846 6 65% 1 1/4
M.Bavaro NYG 149 3 142 3 41.9% 1 39.4% 45 393 582 5 73% 0 0/0
R.Hall TB 127 4 111 5 31.2% 3 26.3% 51 464 555 2 61% 0 1/13
R.Holman CIN 101 5 128 4 15.5% 6 21.4% 68 596 596 5 59% 1 0/0
K.McKeller BUF 80 6 80 8 13.6% 7 13.8% 57 464 495 5 60% 1 1/3
F.Edmunds MIA 79 7 71 9 19.6% 5 16.8% 43 446 421 1 72% 2 0/0
E.Green PIT 67 8 93 6 13.1% 9 20.8% 51 387 426 7 67% 1 0/0
M.Mularkey PIT 66 9 83 7 13.6% 8 18.9% 47 365 409 3 68% 1 0/0
M.Cook NE 57 10 26 15 4.5% 13 -1.9% 76 455 530 5 67% 2 0/0
J.Novacek DAL 55 11 34 14 1.5% 15 -1.8% 100 657 646 4 59% 0 0/0
E.West GB 49 12 39 13 10.3% 11 6.5% 42 356 343 5 64% 3 0/0
S.Jordan MIN 49 13 57 10 2.1% 14 3.8% 80 626 543 3 56% 2 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
Ji.Johnson WAS 33 14 14 16 10.8% 10 0.5% 29 218 228 2 52% 1 0/0
D.Walker SD 32 15 47 11 8.5% 12 15.5% 29 240 244 1 79% 1 0/0
C.McEwen SD 24 16 46 12 0.6% 16 7.7% 46 325 312 3 63% 1 0/0
P.Holohan LARM 23 17 -20 20 -3.2% 17 -10.9% 81 475 517 2 60% 2 1/9
E.Horton LARD 2 18 0 17 -6.7% 18 -7.3% 60 404 350 3 55% 1 1/1
C.Kay DEN -10 19 -13 19 -10.3% 19 -11.4% 47 282 246 0 62% 0 0/0
D.Warren WAS -16 20 -24 21 -16.0% 21 -20.2% 26 123 119 1 58% 0 0/0
O.Newsome CLE1 -16 21 -4 18 -13.1% 20 -8.7% 44 240 200 2 52% 0 0/0
M.Boyer NYJ -35 22 -39 23 -16.4% 22 -17.4% 57 334 247 1 70% 1 0/0
H.Brenner NO -60 23 -32 22 -31.4% 23 -20.1% 40 213 78 2 43% 0 0/0
Walt.Wilson SD -71 24 -73 24 -49.6% 25 -50.8% 28 87 -14 0 36% 0 0/0
J.Thornton CHI -126 25 -95 25 -47.4% 24 -37.6% 48 254 -10 1 40% 1 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
G.Wilkins ATL 68 63 51.6% 47.5% 16 175 245 2 75% 0 0/0
E.Kattus CIN 60 55 58.2% 53.7% 14 145 206 2 79% 0 0/0
J.Harris GB 46 47 41.4% 42.4% 15 157 181 0 80% 0 0/0
R.Heller SEA 38 37 21.9% 20.5% 19 157 195 1 68% 0 0/0
C.Boso CHI 30 57 23.6% 51.8% 14 135 147 1 79% 0 0/0
M.Shuler PHI 26 24 12.0% 10.1% 22 190 173 0 82% 1 1/19
P.Beach IND 19 16 7.1% 4.9% 18 124 154 1 67% 0 0/0
D.Johnson LARM 19 12 6.5% 1.2% 18 66 155 3 67% 0 1/12
R.Awalt DAL 18 14 10.4% 6.3% 17 133 127 0 76% 1 0/0
S.Sharpe DEN 5 1 -1.1% -5.7% 13 99 80 1 54% 1 0/0
J.Hayes KC -13 -10 -18.9% -15.9% 16 83 67 1 56% 0 0/0
P.Carter LARM -15 -12 -25.5% -21.6% 13 58 36 0 62% 0 0/0
J.Williams SF -15 -12 -24.4% -20.9% 12 54 41 0 75% 0 0/0
G.Scales NO -15 -8 -23.6% -16.2% 14 64 45 1 57% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
H.Cross NYG -18 -25 -19.7% -25.1% 20 106 81 0 40% 0 1/5
Z.Mowatt NE -19 -19 -31.4% -31.3% 11 67 25 0 55% 1 0/0
C.Dressel NYJ -20 -22 -34.6% -37.8% 11 66 18 0 55% 1 0/0
P.Metzelaars BUF -20 -25 -25.3% -29.5% 14 60 51 1 71% 1 0/0
J.Tice NO -22 -26 -26.5% -29.6% 18 113 48 0 61% 1 0/0
W.Reeves PHX -24 -24 -23.3% -23.0% 23 126 74 0 78% 1 0/0
W.Walls SF -27 -39 -40.9% -55.3% 12 27 9 0 42% 0 0/0
T.McNeal SEA -31 -18 -30.9% -21.2% 19 143 43 0 53% 0 0/0
J.Riggs CIN -32 -31 -35.9% -35.0% 16 79 24 0 50% 0 0/0
A.Roberts KC -34 -35 -30.0% -30.8% 21 119 52 0 52% 0 0/0
E.Sievers NE -56 -56 -50.8% -51.1% 20 77 -14 0 40% 1 0/0
Ar.Cox SD -64 -50 -64.3% -51.7% 20 93 -45 1 70% 2 0/0
O.Mobley DEN -69 -72 -68.1% -71.2% 15 41 -55 0 53% 1 0/0

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