Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 1997

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, 36 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
T.Drayton MIA 185 1 177 2 50.1% 1 47.4% 50 558 675 4 78% 0 0/0
S.Sharpe DEN 181 2 210 1 17.7% 9 21.6% 114 1,107 1,006 3 63% 1 0/0
B.Coates NE 146 3 162 3 14.9% 10 17.5% 98 737 870 8 67% 0 1/5
To.McGee CIN 118 4 98 7 25.2% 6 19.5% 53 414 565 6 64% 0 0/0
R.Dudley OAK 112 5 124 4 11.3% 11 13.3% 91 787 749 7 53% 0 2/12
W.Walls CAR 107 6 113 5 8.7% 14 9.7% 97 746 795 6 60% 0 1/2
K.Dilger IND 104 7 113 6 38.5% 2 42.4% 36 380 417 3 75% 0 0/0
P.Mitchell JAC 100 8 85 9 25.4% 5 20.7% 47 380 474 4 74% 0 0/0
F.Wycheck TEN 88 9 86 8 6.1% 16 5.9% 99 748 744 4 64% 0 1/6
C.Gedney ARI 78 10 76 12 32.6% 4 31.9% 28 261 334 4 82% 1 0/0
D.Moore TB 74 11 83 11 32.8% 3 37.5% 26 217 319 4 73% 0 0/0
C.Crumpler SEA 72 12 71 14 19.7% 8 19.3% 44 361 381 1 70% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Chmura GB 69 13 84 10 10.1% 12 13.9% 56 417 483 6 68% 1 0/0
F.Baxter NYJ 63 14 74 13 20.3% 7 25.0% 35 276 330 3 77% 0 2/12
F.Jones SD 41 15 30 20 1.9% 22 -0.7% 69 505 469 2 59% 0 1/5
T.Gonzalez KC 38 16 46 16 2.8% 19 4.9% 54 368 399 2 61% 0 3/40
R.Wetnight CHI 36 17 23 23 1.3% 24 -1.8% 65 464 430 1 71% 1 1/11
E.Conwell STL 36 18 42 18 1.8% 23 3.4% 60 404 408 4 63% 0 0/0
A.Glover MIN 36 19 24 22 2.8% 20 -0.4% 55 378 376 3 58% 0 0/0
T.Popson KC 35 20 47 15 4.5% 17 8.5% 47 320 330 2 74% 0 1/9
B.Jones SF 34 21 36 19 3.1% 18 3.9% 47 383 345 2 62% 1 0/0
M.Bruener PIT 30 22 9 25 6.4% 15 -3.0% 30 122 246 6 60% 1 0/0
J.Farquhar NO 28 23 43 17 9.8% 13 18.9% 26 253 199 1 65% 0 0/0
O.J.Santiago ATL 21 24 25 21 2.5% 21 4.5% 32 217 222 2 53% 1 1/15
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
E.Green BAL 14 25 21 24 -5.2% 25 -4.1% 100 601 584 5 65% 1 1/13
J.Harris TB 0 26 -7 27 -7.1% 26 -9.9% 34 197 211 1 56% 0 1/10
K.Brady NYJ -5 27 1 26 -9.4% 27 -6.7% 35 238 197 2 63% 1 1/21
F.Hartley SD -14 28 -9 28 -12.7% 28 -10.9% 38 246 181 1 50% 0 0/0
E.Bjornson DAL -32 29 -47 30 -14.2% 29 -17.5% 68 442 313 0 69% 2 0/0
D.LaFleur DAL -35 30 -39 29 -30.0% 34 -32.6% 24 126 53 2 75% 1 1/2
J.Riemersma BUF -47 31 -54 31 -26.4% 31 -29.4% 40 208 104 2 65% 1 0/0
D.Sloan DET -55 32 -61 32 -26.2% 30 -28.3% 48 264 125 0 60% 0 0/0
H.Cross NYG -78 33 -82 34 -37.4% 35 -38.8% 38 150 48 2 55% 1 0/0
I.Smith NO -85 34 -65 33 -43.0% 36 -34.7% 36 180 15 1 47% 1 0/0
L.Johnson BUF -96 35 -96 35 -29.8% 33 -29.8% 63 340 149 2 65% 2 0/0
J.Asher WAS -132 36 -119 36 -28.5% 32 -26.5% 99 474 235 1 49% 0 1/7

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
G.Clark SF 43 43 60.2% 59.6% 10 96 149 1 80% 0 0/0
Ji.Johnson PHI 38 33 19.2% 15.9% 22 177 203 1 64% 0 0/0
C.Fauria SEA 29 22 29.6% 20.8% 13 110 128 0 77% 0 0/0
K.Jennings CHI 26 25 14.8% 14.5% 19 164 155 0 74% 0 0/0
B.Kozlowski ATL 23 24 24.9% 27.0% 11 99 108 1 64% 0 0/0
C.Lewis PHI 22 16 8.2% 3.8% 21 94 169 4 57% 0 0/0
De.Brown JAC 19 17 17.8% 15.8% 11 84 104 1 73% 0 0/0
J.McWilliams ARI 13 2 9.6% -4.0% 11 75 90 0 64% 0 0/0
J.Dunn PHI 7 9 0.5% 3.1% 13 93 85 2 54% 0 0/0
P.Metzelaars DET 5 0 -4.1% -7.2% 22 144 132 0 77% 0 0/0
B.Kinchen BAL 4 -2 -3.3% -9.2% 15 95 100 1 73% 0 0/0
M.Pollard IND 3 -5 -5.4% -11.0% 19 116 121 0 53% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
E.West ATL 0 -4 -6.7% -12.2% 13 63 73 1 54% 0 0/0
J.Allred CHI -12 -13 -21.0% -22.6% 13 70 46 0 62% 0 0/0
J.Thomason GB -14 -12 -19.7% -18.0% 16 115 62 1 56% 1 0/0
M.Roan TEN -14 -14 -16.2% -15.9% 24 159 104 0 50% 0 0/0
P.Carter ARI -23 -19 -29.7% -25.8% 13 44 36 1 54% 0 1/9
H.Goodwin MIN -24 -28 -34.0% -38.6% 14 61 23 0 50% 0 0/0
G.DeLong MIN -25 -26 -36.4% -37.7% 12 75 18 0 67% 1 0/0
M.Battaglia CIN -28 -37 -27.0% -33.7% 22 152 57 1 55% 2 0/0
A.Laing STL -28 -28 -42.7% -41.7% 11 31 5 1 45% 0 0/0
D.Carswell DEN -32 -31 -31.4% -30.6% 19 96 42 1 63% 0 0/0
E.Perry MIA -32 -32 -36.2% -36.3% 16 45 23 1 69% 0 0/0
A.Pierce NYG -78 -80 -70.1% -72.0% 19 47 -65 0 53% 0 0/0

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