Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 1992

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 8/21/2012

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, 26 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
B.Jones SF 197 1 180 1 40.2% 2 36.1% 64 628 779 4 70% 1 0/0
M.Bavaro CLE1 119 2 109 3 42.8% 1 38.4% 35 315 461 2 71% 0 0/0
T.Orr WAS 104 3 98 5 37.7% 3 34.9% 33 356 422 3 67% 0 0/0
S.Jordan MIN 104 4 100 4 33.2% 4 31.7% 40 394 442 2 70% 0 0/0
J.Novacek DAL 100 5 86 6 8.0% 13 5.9% 99 630 773 6 69% 0 0/0
R.Holman CIN 95 6 80 8 29.6% 5 24.0% 38 266 423 2 68% 0 1/14
K.Jackson MIA 88 7 116 2 11.5% 10 17.4% 69 594 590 5 70% 2 0/0
P.Metzelaars BUF 85 8 81 7 19.5% 8 18.2% 43 298 450 6 70% 0 0/0
Ro.Hall TB 79 9 65 10 14.9% 9 11.1% 54 351 471 4 72% 0 0/0
K.Jennings CHI 65 10 62 11 21.3% 6 19.8% 33 264 333 1 70% 0 0/0
S.Sharpe DEN 59 11 68 9 5.1% 15 6.9% 77 640 534 2 69% 1 0/0
C.Thompson CIN 59 12 59 12 20.7% 7 20.9% 28 194 304 2 68% 0 1/27
J.Harris GB 51 13 52 13 2.2% 17 2.4% 82 595 565 2 67% 1 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
P.Carter LARM 41 14 46 14 11.1% 11 13.2% 35 232 279 3 57% 0 0/0
H.Cross NYG 40 15 41 15 7.7% 14 8.2% 41 357 309 2 66% 1 0/0
P.Holohan CLE1 28 16 30 16 9.3% 12 10.3% 25 170 202 0 80% 0 0/0
B.Coates NE 22 17 25 18 2.5% 16 4.2% 34 171 235 3 59% 1 1/5
Kerry Cash IND 17 18 26 17 -3.8% 18 -2.1% 76 521 455 3 57% 0 0/0
J.Price LARM 5 19 5 19 -5.9% 19 -6.0% 57 324 326 2 60% 2 1/11
A.Cooper PIT -2 20 -6 20 -8.0% 20 -9.8% 31 197 196 3 52% 1 3/26
D.Walker SD -6 21 -16 22 -8.8% 21 -11.1% 62 393 333 2 55% 0 1/13
J.Mitchell NYJ -12 22 -13 21 -13.7% 22 -14.4% 29 210 128 1 55% 0 0/0
M.Cook NE -62 23 -56 23 -19.2% 23 -17.9% 75 413 303 2 69% 2 1/5
E.Horton LARD -83 24 -71 24 -25.0% 24 -22.3% 71 409 214 2 46% 1 1/16
M.Boyer NYJ -93 25 -74 25 -48.9% 25 -40.5% 33 149 -15 0 58% 0 0/0
R.Heller SEA -99 26 -105 26 -58.5% 26 -61.8% 29 85 -53 0 41% 0 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.Johnson DEN 51 47 67.6% 61.3% 11 139 169 1 91% 0 0/0
Keith Cash KC 41 34 31.5% 24.6% 15 113 178 2 80% 0 0/0
P.Beach PHI 28 25 24.3% 20.7% 13 75 135 2 62% 0 0/0
F.Wainright NO 27 29 17.8% 19.8% 15 143 147 0 60% 0 0/0
C.Arbuckle IND 25 41 12.5% 25.3% 18 152 161 1 72% 0 0/0
Ty.Armstrong TB 9 7 2.6% 0.1% 14 138 99 1 50% 0 0/0
J.Hayes KC 9 7 1.8% -0.2% 15 77 104 2 60% 0 0/0
A.Glover LARD 5 15 -3.9% 2.1% 22 178 143 1 68% 1 0/0
P.Green SEA 0 10 -7.0% 4.3% 13 67 74 1 69% 0 0/0
F.Edmunds MIA -5 3 -11.2% -5.0% 17 91 93 1 59% 0 0/0
K.McKeller BUF -8 -8 -14.5% -15.0% 16 110 71 0 88% 1 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
E.Green PIT -11 15 -13.7% 1.7% 24 152 116 2 58% 0 0/0
R.Middleton WAS -13 -29 -25.0% -47.5% 11 50 32 0 64% 0 0/0
K.Blackwell CHI -18 -20 -30.2% -33.2% 12 54 27 0 42% 0 0/0
C.Kay DEN -19 -25 -28.9% -35.5% 14 56 33 0 50% 0 0/0
J.Williams SF -21 -21 -27.5% -28.2% 14 76 41 1 50% 1 0/0
D.Brown NYG -22 -37 -34.7% -54.0% 12 31 19 0 33% 0 0/0
E.West GB -24 -23 -45.5% -43.0% 10 30 1 0 40% 0 0/0
W.Reeves PHX -29 -31 -47.2% -51.0% 10 28 -2 0 60% 0 0/0
H.Brenner NO -36 -23 -28.6% -20.7% 24 161 64 0 50% 0 0/0
J.Riggs CIN -59 -63 -43.5% -46.5% 24 70 9 0 46% 0 0/0
B.Rolle PHX -62 -67 -46.7% -49.6% 22 64 -3 0 59% 0 0/0

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