Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 1994

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, 34 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
B.Jones SF 229 1 229 2 40.8% 1 40.7% 74 670 901 9 66% 1 1/20
B.Coates NE 223 2 256 1 15.9% 6 19.4% 148 1,174 1,293 7 65% 2 1/12
S.Sharpe DEN 134 3 148 3 7.3% 9 8.9% 139 1,010 1,062 4 63% 1 3/24
J.Novacek DAL 133 4 124 5 20.9% 3 19.1% 68 475 685 2 69% 0 2/20
H.Cross NYG 129 5 142 4 39.1% 2 43.8% 41 364 515 4 76% 0 1/5
P.Metzelaars BUF 106 6 97 6 16.6% 5 14.5% 68 428 606 5 72% 0 0/0
T.Drayton LARM 78 7 74 8 17.9% 4 16.4% 47 276 432 6 68% 0 0/0
K.Jackson MIA 73 8 70 9 4.0% 13 3.6% 94 673 702 7 63% 2 0/0
E.Green PIT 59 9 80 7 4.1% 12 8.2% 80 620 563 4 58% 2 1/16
I.Smith NO 54 10 69 10 7.4% 8 11.5% 52 330 426 3 79% 0 0/0
E.West GB 41 11 39 11 3.6% 14 3.1% 54 377 408 2 57% 1 0/0
M.Bavaro PHI 36 12 34 13 10.5% 7 9.9% 33 215 246 3 52% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Pierce NYG 33 13 32 14 6.6% 10 6.4% 37 211 270 4 51% 0 0/0
A.Glover LARD 29 14 38 12 1.7% 15 4.5% 55 371 338 2 60% 0 0/0
A.Cooper MIN 27 15 29 15 1.7% 16 2.6% 44 360 309 0 73% 2 0/0
D.Walker KC 26 16 26 17 0.2% 17 0.1% 51 382 350 2 71% 1 0/0
J.Mitchell NYJ 22 17 18 21 -4.3% 22 -4.8% 110 749 677 4 53% 1 1/6
A.Jordan MIN 22 18 7 22 -0.9% 18 -5.2% 53 336 344 0 66% 1 1/13
W.Walls NO 21 19 19 20 -2.8% 21 -3.3% 70 413 445 4 56% 0 2/42
Keith Cash KC 21 20 29 16 4.1% 11 8.2% 29 192 204 2 66% 0 0/0
J.Harris TB 17 21 23 18 -1.1% 19 0.9% 43 317 273 2 56% 0 0/0
Ty.Armstrong TB 15 22 19 19 -1.7% 20 0.0% 34 265 252 1 65% 2 2/25
To.McGee CIN 13 23 6 23 -4.7% 23 -6.0% 76 492 446 1 53% 0 1/14
A.Pupunu SD 6 24 -17 26 -5.2% 24 -13.7% 37 214 240 2 57% 0 1/6
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Johnson PHI -1 25 -8 24 -7.8% 25 -10.8% 35 204 186 2 60% 1 0/0
J.Evans DEN -18 26 -22 28 -16.7% 26 -18.8% 26 127 119 2 50% 0 0/0
D.Ware ARI -19 27 -18 27 -17.0% 27 -16.5% 30 171 124 1 57% 1 1/18
Kerry Cash IND -23 28 -14 25 -18.5% 28 -14.2% 30 191 122 1 53% 1 0/0
B.Kinchen CLE1 -30 29 -35 30 -19.2% 29 -21.2% 39 232 147 1 62% 1 0/0
E.Horton WAS -34 30 -43 31 -21.7% 30 -25.7% 32 157 123 3 47% 0 1/1
J.Thornton NYJ -38 31 -31 29 -23.5% 32 -20.5% 35 171 113 0 57% 0 0/0
P.Green SEA -48 32 -55 32 -22.7% 31 -24.7% 48 208 158 1 63% 1 0/0
M.Cook CHI -62 33 -62 33 -27.8% 33 -27.5% 43 212 120 1 49% 0 0/0
R.Hall DET -69 34 -72 34 -54.1% 34 -56.4% 25 106 -26 0 40% 1 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Young SD 69 68 38.3% 37.7% 23 217 279 1 74% 0 0/0
M.Chmura GB 35 35 19.2% 19.2% 21 165 188 0 67% 0 0/0
C.Gedney CHI 35 28 17.8% 13.0% 19 157 192 3 68% 1 0/0
R.Johnson GB 20 19 20.3% 19.2% 10 79 106 0 70% 0 0/0
T.Popson SF 12 14 3.3% 4.5% 17 141 123 0 76% 0 0/0
J.Jenkins WAS 12 17 5.7% 11.5% 11 32 101 4 73% 0 0/0
R.Holman DET 10 9 -0.7% -1.7% 23 163 153 0 74% 1 0/0
K.Jennings CHI 8 2 -1.9% -5.7% 19 75 135 3 58% 0 0/0
T.Greene KC 4 10 -1.5% 5.5% 12 69 75 1 50% 0 0/0
J.Burke NE 4 -5 -3.0% -12.0% 15 86 95 0 60% 0 0/0
F.Wycheck WAS 1 0 -5.1% -7.5% 10 55 55 1 70% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.Wetnight CHI -2 2 -8.7% -5.8% 20 104 105 1 55% 0 0/0
T.Samuels ARI -8 -3 -18.6% -11.4% 10 57 39 0 80% 0 0/0
S.Mitchell SD -8 -1 -14.0% -8.5% 17 105 81 0 65% 0 0/0
W.Reeves CLE1 -8 -18 -16.0% -25.7% 12 61 62 1 50% 0 0/0
C.Fann ARI -11 -11 -16.3% -16.6% 19 100 78 0 63% 1 0/0
T.Hallock DET -28 -29 -33.1% -34.5% 16 75 30 0 44% 0 0/0
J.Hayes PIT -34 -31 -50.2% -45.6% 11 50 -8 1 45% 1 0/0
T.Sadowski CIN -38 -44 -41.9% -47.0% 17 54 10 0 65% 0 0/0
P.Carter HOIL -51 -54 -42.7% -44.5% 22 74 10 1 50% 0 0/0
F.Edmunds SEA -51 -54 -59.1% -62.3% 13 43 -29 0 54% 1 1/0

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