Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 1996

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, 37 players ranked

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Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
S.Sharpe DEN 303 1 328 1 31.5% 3 34.8% 117 1,062 1,318 10 68% 1 1/4
K.Jackson GB 181 2 181 2 33.8% 2 33.7% 63 505 766 10 63% 0 1/2
B.Kinchen BAL 181 3 123 5 27.8% 5 16.6% 76 581 828 1 72% 0 0/0
W.Walls CAR 177 4 174 3 17.4% 10 17.0% 110 713 988 10 55% 0 2/24
T.Popson SF 130 5 121 6 44.2% 1 40.4% 35 301 498 6 74% 0 0/0
F.Wycheck HOIL 119 6 133 4 19.3% 9 22.6% 68 511 634 6 78% 2 1/15
K.Dilger IND 117 7 113 7 19.5% 8 18.7% 60 503 623 4 70% 1 3/47
P.Mitchell JAC 110 8 103 8 16.8% 11 15.2% 77 580 627 1 68% 1 0/0
To.McGee CIN 95 9 95 10 15.2% 13 15.2% 63 446 562 4 60% 0 0/0
P.Carter ARI 94 10 87 11 30.8% 4 28.1% 37 329 411 1 70% 0 0/0
B.Jones SF 90 11 96 9 20.6% 7 22.2% 48 428 471 1 69% 0 1/11
J.Asher WAS 68 12 48 14 7.1% 15 2.9% 74 481 545 4 57% 0 0/0
J.Dunn PHI 66 13 70 13 27.3% 6 29.5% 31 332 306 2 48% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
B.Coates NE 56 14 73 12 1.0% 19 3.4% 100 682 694 9 62% 1 1/2
E.Bjornson DAL 50 15 45 16 4.7% 16 3.5% 64 391 459 3 75% 1 0/0
C.Fauria SEA 44 16 45 15 16.4% 12 16.9% 30 214 254 1 60% 0 0/0
M.Chmura GB 32 17 32 17 2.2% 18 2.4% 48 370 348 0 58% 0 0/0
T.Drayton 2TM 28 18 22 20 4.6% 17 2.3% 39 331 258 0 72% 0 0/0
E.Green BAL 26 19 14 21 8.3% 14 0.8% 24 150 200 1 63% 0 1/9
D.Moore TB 25 20 28 18 1.0% 20 2.0% 43 237 314 3 63% 0 0/0
A.Pupunu SD 18 21 28 19 0.9% 21 5.5% 35 271 226 1 69% 1 0/0
D.May SD 9 22 8 24 -2.4% 22 -3.3% 30 188 186 0 63% 0 0/0
R.Johnson KC 9 23 9 23 -3.1% 23 -2.9% 33 189 192 1 55% 0 0/0
C.Crumpler SEA 4 24 11 22 -5.6% 24 -3.2% 39 260 239 0 67% 1 1/11
R.Wetnight CHI 1 25 -4 25 -6.9% 25 -8.9% 39 223 216 1 54% 0 0/0
D.Brown JAC -3 26 -17 27 -8.8% 26 -15.8% 28 141 162 0 61% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
P.Metzelaars DET -14 27 -5 26 -15.3% 27 -10.1% 25 146 116 0 68% 0 0/0
K.Brady NYJ -33 28 -59 33 -22.9% 29 -34.9% 31 144 107 1 48% 1 1/1
T.Cline BUF -36 29 -25 28 -25.2% 31 -20.0% 29 117 89 1 66% 0 0/0
J.Harris TB -52 30 -50 29 -20.3% 28 -19.7% 60 349 226 1 50% 1 1/0
D.Carswell DEN -56 31 -58 32 -41.7% 36 -42.8% 25 85 15 0 60% 0 0/0
A.Jordan MIN -61 32 -53 30 -37.0% 34 -33.2% 31 128 40 0 61% 0 0/0
L.Johnson BUF -86 33 -63 34 -24.5% 30 -19.7% 80 457 235 0 58% 1 0/0
R.Dudley OAK -93 34 -55 31 -27.8% 32 -19.5% 70 386 178 4 49% 1 0/0
H.Cross NYG -95 35 -98 36 -36.5% 33 -37.4% 45 178 67 1 49% 1 0/0
H.Lusk NO -101 36 -87 35 -41.1% 35 -36.5% 48 210 31 0 56% 1 0/0
Keith Cash -125 37 -134 37 -62.4% 37 -66.7% 33 90 -81 0 42% 1 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
S.Galbraith WAS 45 39 51.8% 44.9% 10 89 161 2 80% 0 0/0
B.Chamberlain DEN 38 34 26.2% 23.3% 17 129 176 0 71% 0 0/0
A.Pierce NYG 36 30 23.2% 18.1% 18 144 176 1 61% 0 0/0
B.Neely CHI 25 18 21.8% 13.4% 13 92 126 0 69% 0 0/0
A.Glover OAK 19 26 11.3% 18.1% 14 101 128 1 64% 0 0/0
E.Conwell STL 18 16 5.2% 3.6% 23 164 162 0 65% 0 0/0
P.Green NO 17 23 19.0% 27.5% 11 91 94 0 64% 0 0/0
J.McWilliams ARI 17 0 10.3% -6.8% 16 80 120 1 44% 0 0/0
B.Roche SD 16 13 7.0% 3.7% 17 111 131 0 76% 0 0/0
Ji.Johnson PHI 15 23 8.7% 17.3% 12 127 110 0 58% 0 0/0
To.Johnson NO 14 21 11.5% 20.0% 11 76 96 1 64% 0 0/0
M.Pollard IND 1 7 -5.5% 1.4% 12 86 70 1 50% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
F.Baxter NYJ -1 -14 -8.2% -19.8% 16 114 91 0 44% 1 0/0
E.West PHI -2 5 -9.8% -0.4% 12 91 62 0 67% 0 0/0
M.Battaglia CIN -4 -4 -12.2% -11.7% 14 79 59 0 57% 0 0/0
D.Sloan DET -5 -6 -16.6% -18.0% 10 51 36 0 70% 0 0/0
M.Bruener PIT -9 -14 -12.6% -15.6% 24 141 118 0 50% 0 0/0
R.Lewis HOIL -13 -16 -26.2% -30.3% 10 50 30 0 70% 0 0/0
D.Walker KC -24 -29 -25.9% -30.1% 21 73 55 1 43% 0 0/0
B.Saxton NYG -24 -27 -37.8% -41.7% 11 31 14 0 36% 0 0/0
I.Smith NO -24 -7 -23.6% -12.2% 23 144 72 0 65% 0 0/0
A.Laing STL -28 -25 -25.4% -23.3% 24 116 70 0 54% 0 0/0
S.Mitchell SD -83 -89 -65.8% -69.7% 21 58 -62 0 48% 1 0/0
G.DeLong MIN -103 -98 -82.7% -78.9% 20 34 -110 0 40% 0 0/0

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