Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 1995

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 8/24/2012

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, 40 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Chmura GB 266 1 284 1 43.9% 2 47.3% 74 679 1,019 7 73% 0 0/0
K.Dilger IND 205 2 213 2 48.3% 1 50.6% 55 635 757 4 76% 0 1/8
S.Sharpe DEN 175 3 154 4 20.4% 6 17.1% 94 746 913 4 67% 1 0/0
J.Novacek DAL 164 4 164 3 20.4% 7 20.5% 90 705 854 5 69% 1 0/0
I.Smith NO 134 5 103 7 26.7% 4 18.8% 55 466 626 3 82% 1 0/0
W.Walls NO 126 6 95 8 12.5% 11 7.7% 91 696 810 4 63% 1 2/4
To.McGee CIN 115 7 94 9 12.7% 10 9.1% 92 754 735 4 60% 2 1/6
F.Wycheck HOIL 110 8 124 6 25.8% 5 30.0% 51 471 521 1 78% 0 1/3
P.Mitchell JAC 96 9 127 5 16.3% 8 24.0% 64 527 549 2 64% 0 0/0
C.Crumpler SEA 79 10 77 11 34.3% 3 33.3% 29 254 331 1 79% 1 0/0
K.Jennings CHI 66 11 61 12 15.2% 9 13.4% 39 217 392 6 64% 0 1/21
E.Green MIA 63 12 93 10 7.3% 14 14.3% 64 499 498 3 67% 0 0/0
R.Wetnight CHI 37 13 30 14 9.4% 12 6.1% 32 193 268 2 75% 0 0/0
D.Walker KC 36 14 30 13 8.5% 13 5.9% 34 205 270 1 74% 0 1/18
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
Keith Cash KC 30 15 28 16 0.0% 15 -0.6% 61 419 416 1 69% 0 0/0
T.Drayton STL 23 16 21 17 -2.5% 18 -3.0% 68 458 453 4 69% 2 1/11
J.Harris TB 17 17 29 15 -4.5% 19 -2.5% 99 751 548 1 63% 2 0/0
E.West PHI 14 18 8 20 -0.8% 16 -3.4% 33 190 213 1 61% 0 0/0
J.Mitchell NYJ 13 19 -12 28 -4.8% 20 -9.5% 80 497 467 5 56% 2 1/14
B.Jones SF 13 20 1 25 -5.4% 22 -7.2% 100 594 583 3 61% 3 0/0
R.Griffith JAC 11 21 11 19 -1.9% 17 -1.9% 30 243 193 0 53% 0 0/0
A.Glover OAK 7 22 13 18 -4.9% 21 -2.6% 40 220 249 3 65% 0 0/0
B.Coates NE 5 23 4 21 -6.7% 23 -6.8% 138 915 794 6 61% 4 2/13
K.Brady NYJ -1 24 -13 30 -7.6% 24 -11.0% 52 252 293 2 50% 0 2/50
A.Cooper MIN -3 25 1 22 -8.7% 26 -6.6% 31 207 168 0 58% 0 1/8
P.Metzelaars CAR -3 26 1 23 -8.7% 25 -6.7% 34 171 194 3 59% 0 0/0
A.Jordan MIN -7 27 1 24 -10.3% 28 -6.9% 33 187 185 2 82% 1 0/0
L.Johnson BUF -11 28 -39 39 -9.3% 27 -14.6% 81 504 430 1 60% 0 2/6
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
B.Kinchen CLE1 -14 29 -5 26 -14.4% 31 -9.6% 32 216 138 0 63% 1 0/0
A.Pierce NYG -15 30 -16 31 -11.8% 29 -12.0% 54 310 247 0 61% 0 1/4
C.Bell WAS -16 31 -5 27 -16.7% 33 -10.3% 25 166 106 1 56% 1 0/0
F.Baxter NYJ -20 32 -19 32 -15.9% 32 -15.4% 33 222 148 1 55% 0 0/0
A.Pupunu SD -21 33 -12 29 -13.2% 30 -10.7% 50 315 247 0 70% 1 1/7
O.McBride ARI -31 34 -30 35 -25.2% 39 -24.6% 25 112 79 2 52% 0 0/0
Kerry Cash OAK -33 35 -23 33 -19.7% 35 -15.9% 40 259 151 2 63% 2 0/0
C.Fauria SEA -33 36 -31 36 -22.3% 36 -21.4% 37 181 113 1 46% 0 0/0
J.Burke NE -34 37 -35 37 -24.5% 38 -25.0% 29 136 92 0 52% 0 0/0
H.Cross NYG -40 38 -36 38 -23.2% 37 -21.8% 36 197 122 0 50% 0 0/0
M.Bruener PIT -40 39 -27 34 -19.2% 34 -15.2% 48 238 196 3 54% 0 1/16
M.Cook STL -47 40 -50 40 -29.6% 40 -30.8% 32 140 75 1 81% 1 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Sloan DET 52 48 25.1% 22.8% 24 184 248 1 71% 0 0/0
K.Jackson GB 50 44 31.2% 26.4% 19 142 220 1 68% 0 0/0
J.Asher WAS 38 35 16.9% 15.4% 22 172 214 0 64% 0 1/14
J.Evans DEN 26 28 19.2% 20.9% 15 124 140 1 80% 1 0/0
W.Gaines ARI 2 -7 -6.1% -12.1% 24 117 133 2 58% 0 0/0
H.Bishop CLE1 2 12 -6.0% 1.6% 22 135 121 0 73% 0 0/0
F.Hartley CLE1 -2 7 -8.7% -2.1% 17 138 104 1 65% 1 0/0
D.Young SD -2 -5 -9.4% -12.4% 14 90 78 0 64% 0 0/0
R.Lewis HOIL -4 -1 -10.0% -7.9% 21 116 110 0 76% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
T.Cline BUF -5 -9 -11.9% -16.8% 13 64 72 0 62% 0 1/24
J.Hayes PIT -8 -1 -13.3% -8.0% 18 113 94 0 61% 0 1/3
D.Moore TB -19 -22 -20.8% -23.1% 19 102 76 0 68% 0 0/0
T.Popson SF -24 -14 -25.5% -17.8% 20 128 58 0 80% 1 0/0
Ty.Armstrong TB -25 -24 -40.1% -38.6% 12 68 10 0 58% 1 0/0
R.Hall DET -27 -22 -31.1% -26.6% 18 81 36 0 61% 0 0/0
S.Galbraith WAS -36 -30 -31.0% -26.8% 20 80 50 2 50% 0 0/0
W.Rasby CAR -71 -65 -65.2% -60.3% 18 47 -52 0 28% 0 0/0

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