Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 1993

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, 31 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
S.Sharpe DEN 358 1 339 1 40.2% 1 37.7% 110 995 1,414 9 74% 1 5/83
B.Jones SF 173 2 167 2 20.2% 4 19.3% 94 735 905 3 72% 2 2/41
E.Green PIT 146 3 120 5 12.2% 8 8.8% 114 942 946 5 55% 3 0/0
J.Mitchell NYJ 127 4 156 3 18.4% 7 24.2% 72 630 694 6 54% 0 2/24
M.Bavaro PHI 122 5 113 6 18.6% 6 16.5% 72 481 666 6 60% 0 0/0
B.Coates NE 118 6 85 10 10.8% 10 5.8% 93 659 805 8 57% 0 3/21
B.Kinchen CLE1 107 7 69 13 29.5% 2 16.5% 45 347 479 2 64% 1 0/0
T.Drayton LARM 90 8 81 11 27.2% 3 23.6% 38 314 418 4 68% 0 0/0
K.Jackson MIA 85 9 96 8 10.3% 12 12.7% 73 614 591 6 53% 2 1/23
J.Harris GB 84 10 128 4 10.0% 13 19.0% 73 604 591 4 58% 0 1/13
P.Metzelaars BUF 82 11 103 7 5.0% 16 8.1% 95 609 741 4 72% 1 1/4
To.McGee CIN 74 12 57 15 8.8% 14 5.3% 70 525 547 0 63% 1 0/0
S.Jordan MIN 72 13 79 12 8.0% 15 9.6% 73 542 551 1 77% 0 0/0
H.Cross NYG 70 14 87 9 19.7% 5 26.5% 36 272 369 5 58% 0 1/7
J.Hayes KC 49 15 38 16 11.5% 9 7.4% 38 331 327 1 63% 1 0/0
Keith Cash KC 44 16 59 14 10.6% 11 16.9% 34 242 302 4 71% 1 1/7
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Novacek DAL 27 17 20 18 -1.2% 18 -2.7% 68 445 427 1 65% 2 1/2
R.Holman DET 26 18 31 17 3.4% 17 5.3% 37 244 262 2 68% 1 0/0
P.Carter LARM 2 19 -20 24 -6.0% 19 -18.1% 30 166 159 1 47% 0 0/0
E.Horton LARD -8 20 -4 19 -8.9% 20 -8.0% 78 467 388 1 55% 0 0/0
I.Smith NO -10 21 -19 23 -11.6% 21 -15.5% 32 180 174 2 50% 1 0/0
R.Johnson DEN -10 22 -15 21 -11.7% 22 -13.6% 34 243 176 1 59% 1 0/0
E.West GB -17 23 -10 20 -13.3% 23 -10.9% 42 253 202 0 60% 0 1/4
D.Walker SD -20 24 -19 22 -14.9% 24 -14.3% 39 212 179 1 54% 0 1/9
C.Thompson CIN -41 25 -40 25 -31.2% 30 -30.7% 28 87 55 1 61% 0 0/0
R.Middleton WAS -43 26 -41 26 -24.2% 26 -23.5% 39 154 120 2 62% 0 0/0
M.Cook NE -45 27 -47 28 -24.7% 27 -25.6% 38 154 119 1 58% 0 1/7
F.Edmunds SEA -63 28 -55 29 -26.1% 28 -23.7% 45 239 144 2 53% 1 1/12
P.Green SEA -75 29 -66 30 -31.3% 31 -28.4% 47 178 99 1 49% 0 0/0
R.Hall TB -78 30 -76 31 -28.7% 29 -28.1% 60 268 137 1 38% 0 0/0
Kerry Cash IND -82 31 -43 27 -23.7% 25 -15.9% 76 402 240 3 57% 2 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
H.Brenner NO 59 62 48.3% 51.2% 16 171 218 1 69% 0 0/0
J.Thornton NYJ 45 49 35.2% 38.5% 17 108 188 2 71% 0 0/0
D.Tennell MIN 38 26 24.1% 13.9% 18 122 186 0 83% 0 0/0
J.Williams SF 27 30 12.7% 14.7% 20 132 173 1 80% 0 0/0
K.Jennings CHI 23 20 14.1% 10.9% 17 150 141 0 82% 1 0/0
A.Pupunu SD 19 19 7.6% 7.6% 19 142 149 0 68% 0 0/0
G.Baty MIA 10 10 8.2% 8.9% 11 78 76 1 45% 0 0/0
M.Lyons ATL 0 -2 -7.5% -10.2% 12 63 60 0 67% 0 0/0
D.Brown NYG -12 -14 -21.0% -24.3% 14 56 46 0 50% 0 0/0
A.Pierce NYG -13 -16 -16.9% -18.6% 19 212 88 0 63% 2 0/0
W.Reeves PHX -15 -15 -19.9% -20.5% 16 67 66 1 56% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
T.McNeal LARM -16 -26 -18.8% -26.0% 18 75 82 1 44% 0 2/7
R.Wetnight CHI -20 -19 -25.7% -24.6% 18 93 48 1 50% 0 0/0
M.Dyal 2TM -21 -45 -27.1% -49.4% 16 83 44 0 44% 1 0/0
B.Rolle PHX -22 -19 -27.1% -24.8% 14 67 45 1 71% 0 0/0
C.Gedney CHI -27 -15 -32.6% -21.4% 16 98 31 0 63% 1 0/0
A.Cooper 2TM -28 -36 -28.4% -34.3% 19 112 51 0 47% 1 0/0
Ty.Armstrong TB -29 -16 -33.9% -22.0% 16 86 29 1 56% 0 0/0
M.Johnson PHI -31 -32 -36.0% -36.4% 16 81 23 0 63% 1 0/0
F.Wycheck WAS -52 -42 -38.5% -32.8% 24 113 26 0 67% 1 0/0
D.Ware PHX -55 -44 -67.7% -55.9% 12 45 -43 0 25% 0 0/0
C.Arbuckle IND -75 -64 -59.4% -52.4% 23 92 -42 0 65% 1 0/0

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