Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 1991

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 8/20/2012

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, 30 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
E.Green PIT 170 1 146 1 32.2% 2 26.7% 58 582 731 6 71% 2 2/31
J.Price LARM 133 2 120 2 41.1% 1 36.2% 41 410 522 2 85% 2 1/8
E.Horton LARD 133 3 112 4 16.3% 4 12.6% 87 650 763 5 61% 1 1/10
J.Novacek DAL 96 4 63 7 8.8% 6 3.2% 90 664 716 4 66% 3 2/10
S.Jordan MIN 87 5 113 3 8.1% 7 12.8% 83 635 663 2 69% 1 0/0
R.Holman CIN 72 6 49 9 13.6% 5 6.9% 53 445 450 2 58% 1 0/0
S.Sharpe DEN 67 7 86 6 25.3% 3 34.5% 31 322 320 1 71% 0 0/0
C.McEwen SD 64 8 43 11 6.5% 12 1.9% 68 399 532 3 54% 0 1/9
M.Cook NE 52 9 88 5 0.2% 15 5.3% 110 818 704 3 75% 2 0/0
Da.Johnson LARM 41 10 11 19 6.9% 9 -3.6% 43 253 336 2 74% 0 0/0
S.Galbraith CLE1 37 11 50 8 6.8% 10 12.0% 40 328 301 0 68% 0 0/0
J.Williams SF 31 12 34 13 6.4% 13 7.5% 32 235 260 1 69% 0 0/0
K.McKeller BUF 31 13 47 10 -0.7% 16 2.8% 69 434 458 3 64% 0 0/0
G.Baty MIA 29 14 38 12 6.6% 11 11.0% 30 269 238 1 67% 1 0/0
T.McNeal SEA 24 15 18 14 7.8% 8 4.2% 27 208 185 1 63% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
K.Jackson PHI 16 16 0 21 -4.3% 19 -7.2% 83 569 497 5 58% 2 2/27
A.Roberts DAL 15 17 -6 23 1.6% 14 -10.7% 25 136 178 1 64% 0 0/0
B.Jones SF 15 18 13 18 -2.5% 18 -3.2% 51 417 292 0 53% 2 0/0
E.West GB 9 19 14 17 -2.1% 17 0.5% 27 151 170 3 56% 0 0/0
J.Hayes KC 6 20 4 20 -4.7% 20 -5.4% 29 208 193 2 66% 1 0/0
H.Cross NYG -9 21 -3 22 -10.5% 21 -8.5% 39 283 203 2 51% 1 0/0
P.Holohan KC -9 22 -13 24 -12.5% 23 -14.9% 26 113 125 2 50% 0 0/0
J.Harris GB -11 23 18 15 -11.3% 22 -0.7% 40 264 205 3 60% 1 0/0
J.Tice NO -21 24 16 16 -18.1% 24 0.6% 29 230 119 0 76% 1 1/8
C.Dressel NYJ -37 25 -34 25 -27.5% 27 -26.1% 26 122 73 0 65% 0 0/0
J.Thornton CHI -38 26 -38 27 -21.4% 25 -21.3% 39 278 143 1 44% 1 0/0
Ro.Hall TB -44 27 -47 29 -22.2% 26 -23.2% 49 284 153 0 63% 1 0/0
C.Kay DEN -51 28 -45 28 -36.1% 29 -33.0% 26 139 37 0 42% 0 0/0
H.Brenner NO -52 29 -37 26 -29.5% 28 -22.9% 33 179 84 0 48% 0 1/2
D.Walker SD -89 30 -93 30 -44.6% 30 -46.6% 36 134 7 0 56% 0 1/3

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
T.Orr WAS 47 58 27.4% 35.7% 19 201 217 4 53% 0 0/0
M.Tice SEA 43 54 34.2% 44.8% 12 70 182 4 83% 0 1/6
E.Kattus CIN 40 35 27.3% 23.2% 17 136 183 0 71% 0 0/0
A.Cooper PIT 39 32 25.7% 20.4% 19 147 183 2 58% 0 0/0
K.Jennings CHI 37 31 37.1% 29.1% 11 109 152 0 73% 0 1/7
J.Anderson TB 35 23 35.3% 20.5% 10 73 146 2 60% 0 0/0
F.Edmunds MIA 32 25 17.5% 12.1% 16 118 179 2 69% 0 0/0
A.Glover LARD 17 13 15.5% 10.8% 9 45 100 3 56% 0 1/2
Keith Cash PIT 15 35 10.0% 33.4% 12 90 104 1 58% 0 1/24
M.Johnson PHI 15 5 9.1% -1.2% 13 70 106 2 46% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Cox SD 10 6 11.2% 4.4% 8 53 65 0 63% 0 0/0
B.Coates NE 0 6 -7.1% -1.4% 16 95 91 1 63% 0 0/0
B.Mrosko IND -1 -5 -8.1% -11.3% 15 90 93 0 53% 0 1/5
R.Johnson DEN -4 2 -12.0% -4.6% 11 73 62 1 55% 0 0/0
M.Mularkey PIT -5 -22 -12.8% -30.6% 14 67 68 0 43% 0 0/0
T.Jorden PHX -16 -19 -17.8% -19.9% 23 127 92 0 65% 0 0/0
P.Beach IND -16 -10 -29.5% -21.0% 11 56 26 0 45% 0 0/0
P.Carter LARM -19 -23 -23.8% -27.1% 16 69 55 2 50% 1 0/0
W.Reeves PHX -77 -68 -79.6% -70.9% 16 50 -79 0 50% 1 0/0

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