Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 1998

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 8/25/2012

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
B.Coates NE 245 1 180 2 28.9% 7 19.3% 95 668 1,103 6 71% 0 4/56
S.Sharpe DEN 204 2 190 1 22.0% 8 20.1% 107 768 1,028 10 60% 0 0/0
A.Glover MIN 164 3 158 3 39.2% 6 37.5% 59 522 654 5 59% 0 1/20
F.Wycheck TEN 136 4 127 5 16.2% 11 14.8% 91 770 782 2 77% 2 0/0
W.Walls CAR 133 5 81 12 17.2% 10 7.7% 78 506 746 5 63% 0 1/13
O.J.Santiago ATL 123 6 114 9 40.0% 5 36.2% 42 428 489 5 64% 1 0/0
J.Riemersma BUF 122 7 121 8 44.7% 3 44.2% 33 288 463 6 76% 0 2/18
To.McGee CIN 121 8 126 6 54.0% 1 56.5% 32 363 432 1 69% 0 0/0
J.McWilliams ARI 112 9 126 7 41.1% 4 47.0% 33 284 439 4 79% 0 0/0
Ty.Davis GB 109 10 96 10 47.3% 2 41.0% 29 250 405 7 62% 1 0/0
C.Cleeland NO 107 11 138 4 11.9% 14 17.6% 88 684 701 6 61% 1 1/8
J.Harris TEN 75 12 72 14 14.4% 12 13.8% 55 412 452 2 78% 0 0/0
C.Fauria SEA 69 13 80 13 18.7% 9 23.0% 44 377 374 2 84% 1 0/0
M.Chmura GB 66 14 90 11 6.5% 17 11.6% 74 554 545 4 64% 1 1/27
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Pollard IND 55 15 63 15 13.7% 13 16.6% 40 309 342 4 60% 0 0/0
I.Smith SF 45 16 44 16 8.1% 15 7.8% 41 266 345 5 61% 0 1/7
C.Gedney ARI 33 17 23 18 7.2% 16 2.8% 32 272 261 1 69% 1 2/3
T.Drayton MIA 32 18 30 17 2.4% 18 1.8% 49 334 352 3 61% 0 0/0
D.Moore TB 16 19 11 22 -1.4% 19 -3.1% 40 255 262 4 60% 1 0/0
R.Dudley OAK 12 20 17 19 -4.8% 23 -3.8% 76 548 442 5 46% 1 0/0
P.Mitchell JAC 12 21 7 24 -4.5% 21 -5.6% 63 363 378 2 60% 0 2/16
K.Brady NYJ 10 22 11 21 -4.6% 22 -4.2% 50 315 333 5 60% 1 0/0
E.Bjornson DAL 10 23 9 23 -1.8% 20 -2.3% 27 218 166 1 56% 0 0/0
D.LaFleur DAL -1 24 16 20 -7.6% 24 0.4% 30 180 169 2 67% 1 0/0
K.Dilger IND -6 25 -4 26 -9.1% 25 -8.4% 48 303 259 1 65% 0 1/7
E.Green 2TM -8 26 -17 28 -9.3% 26 -11.8% 59 422 310 1 58% 4 1/33
E.Perry MIA -17 27 -5 27 -14.3% 28 -9.5% 38 255 167 0 66% 0 1/21
G.Clark SF -20 28 -18 29 -18.2% 30 -17.2% 26 124 111 1 46% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Asher WAS -20 29 -19 30 -13.6% 27 -13.4% 48 294 222 0 58% 0 0/0
W.Rasby DET -24 30 -21 31 -20.4% 31 -18.4% 26 119 103 1 58% 0 0/0
E.Conwell STL -33 31 -48 34 -23.7% 33 -31.0% 30 105 97 0 50% 0 1/17
L.Purnell NE -37 32 -44 33 -29.4% 36 -33.5% 26 92 61 2 46% 0 0/0
M.Bruener PIT -41 33 -26 32 -24.6% 34 -18.4% 33 157 109 2 58% 0 0/0
R.Wetnight CHI -43 34 -56 35 -28.1% 35 -34.4% 32 168 80 2 72% 1 0/0
S.Alexander WAS -56 35 -2 25 -21.7% 32 -7.7% 58 383 204 4 64% 2 0/0
T.Gonzalez KC -60 36 -73 38 -16.0% 29 -18.0% 103 621 444 2 57% 3 2/32
A.Mayes CHI -66 37 -62 37 -35.5% 38 -33.6% 36 217 53 0 58% 2 0/0
J.Dunn PHI -67 38 -61 36 -40.5% 39 -37.6% 30 132 24 0 60% 1 0/0
H.Cross NYG -124 39 -120 39 -78.2% 40 -76.2% 29 90 -123 0 45% 2 0/0
F.Jones SD -158 40 -135 40 -29.7% 37 -26.4% 111 602 249 3 51% 1 1/21

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
B.Kozlowski ATL 37 33 35.2% 31.2% 12 103 153 1 83% 0 0/0
L.Johnson BUF 36 30 16.1% 12.3% 22 146 206 2 64% 0 0/0
J.Thomason GB 30 32 41.7% 44.0% 10 89 118 0 90% 0 0/0
D.Sloan DET 29 33 13.9% 17.1% 20 146 175 1 55% 0 2/21
R.Williams STL 17 28 5.6% 13.7% 21 144 152 1 71% 0 0/0
D.Jones JAC 17 15 6.4% 5.1% 17 90 138 4 47% 1 0/0
C.Fontenot PHI 14 25 9.6% 23.5% 12 90 99 0 67% 0 0/0
D.Carswell DEN 0 -6 -7.4% -17.7% 10 51 50 0 40% 0 0/0
G.DeLong MIN -1 -3 -8.5% -11.9% 10 58 53 0 80% 0 0/0
L.Broughton CAR -5 -4 -12.4% -11.4% 14 142 65 1 43% 1 0/0
C.Crumpler SEA -7 2 -15.8% -4.5% 11 52 51 1 55% 0 0/0
B.Kinchen BAL -8 -15 -14.7% -20.6% 20 110 78 0 65% 0 0/0
T.Popson KC -13 -18 -18.0% -22.3% 18 90 73 0 72% 0 0/0
Ty.Armstrong STL -21 -20 -35.5% -34.5% 11 54 17 0 55% 0 0/0
M.Roan TEN -49 -45 -37.7% -35.4% 22 93 29 0 59% 0 0/0
M.Battaglia CIN -70 -71 -58.2% -59.3% 20 47 -37 1 50% 1 0/0

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