Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 1999

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 8/28/2012

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
R.Dudley OAK 275 1 265 1 62.3% 1 59.9% 59 555 931 9 66% 0 2/33
T.Gonzalez KC 271 2 226 2 31.6% 3 25.1% 108 849 1,178 11 70% 2 0/0
K.Dilger IND 166 3 142 4 43.1% 2 35.6% 51 479 641 2 78% 1 0/0
W.Walls CAR 160 4 182 3 13.7% 6 16.6% 108 822 988 12 58% 1 2/14
D.Sloan DET 102 5 104 6 13.5% 7 13.9% 76 591 637 4 62% 0 0/0
F.Jones SD 91 6 106 5 8.3% 13 11.0% 90 670 688 2 62% 0 1/9
J.Riemersma BUF 82 7 87 7 11.7% 10 12.9% 65 496 543 4 57% 0 0/0
D.Moore TB 76 8 82 8 21.6% 4 24.1% 37 276 387 5 62% 0 1/22
R.Williams STL 70 9 71 10 20.8% 5 21.5% 36 226 361 6 69% 0 0/0
M.Pollard IND 62 10 62 11 12.1% 8 12.2% 47 374 403 4 72% 2 1/22
D.LaFleur DAL 61 11 75 9 9.4% 12 13.3% 53 322 441 7 66% 0 0/0
L.Broughton PHI 57 12 47 13 11.9% 9 8.7% 46 295 374 4 57% 0 1/14
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
To.McGee CIN 45 13 47 14 7.0% 16 7.7% 49 344 364 2 53% 0 1/10
C.Cleeland NO 45 14 32 18 7.9% 14 3.3% 47 325 349 1 55% 1 2/19
J.Harris TEN 44 15 56 12 11.2% 11 16.2% 34 297 298 1 76% 0 1/2
G.Clark SF 39 16 28 21 3.6% 17 0.4% 55 347 390 0 62% 1 0/0
P.Mitchell NYG 39 17 47 15 -0.6% 22 0.8% 91 523 569 3 64% 1 0/0
S.Alexander WAS 36 18 24 22 3.6% 19 0.0% 48 324 361 3 60% 0 0/0
D.Jones JAC 35 19 31 19 7.0% 15 5.2% 34 221 284 4 56% 0 0/0
T.Drayton MIA 35 20 33 17 3.6% 18 3.2% 50 299 345 1 64% 0 1/9
B.Chamberlain DEN 31 21 29 20 1.3% 21 0.7% 57 488 372 2 56% 0 1/0
D.Carswell DEN 24 22 16 23 2.2% 20 -1.2% 38 201 270 2 63% 0 0/0
C.Fauria SEA 21 23 34 16 -0.9% 23 3.2% 53 377 320 0 66% 1 0/0
A.Glover MIN 6 24 -4 26 -5.4% 24 -8.7% 49 327 264 1 57% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
K.Brady JAC -5 25 12 24 -8.9% 25 -3.5% 52 346 264 1 62% 0 0/0
M.Battaglia CIN -10 26 -20 28 -13.2% 28 -18.9% 27 153 122 0 52% 0 0/0
I.Smith CLE -11 27 8 25 -11.1% 27 -4.3% 42 222 214 1 57% 0 2/60
R.Wetnight CHI -11 28 -23 30 -10.0% 26 -12.9% 60 277 320 1 63% 0 1/17
O.J.Santiago ATL -13 29 -21 29 -13.5% 29 -17.5% 31 174 149 0 48% 0 1/15
S.Sharpe DEN -26 30 -23 31 -18.2% 31 -17.0% 37 224 144 0 62% 0 0/0
T.Hardy ARI -35 31 -51 32 -18.8% 32 -24.0% 45 222 180 0 67% 1 0/0
Ty.Davis GB -36 32 -63 33 -19.5% 33 -28.4% 45 204 172 2 44% 0 0/0
F.Wycheck TEN -58 33 -12 27 -15.7% 30 -9.0% 108 641 454 2 64% 0 0/0
B.Coates NE -71 34 -71 34 -23.0% 34 -23.0% 64 370 224 2 50% 0 0/0
J.Weaver PHI -73 35 -76 35 -44.3% 35 -45.4% 28 91 7 0 39% 0 1/13
M.Bruener PIT -100 36 -87 36 -47.3% 36 -42.0% 35 176 -7 0 51% 0 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Thomason GB 45 42 25.2% 23.5% 20 140 213 2 70% 0 0/0
M.Campbell CLE 35 34 30.3% 29.0% 15 131 156 0 60% 0 0/0
R.Kelly ATL 35 33 32.5% 30.3% 13 146 151 0 62% 0 0/0
R.Davis SD 30 21 14.0% 7.7% 19 137 181 1 63% 0 1/27
C.Lewis 2TM 25 27 16.6% 18.2% 17 88 143 3 47% 0 0/0
B.Collins BUF 22 19 9.5% 7.2% 20 124 161 2 45% 0 0/0
M.Sellers WAS 21 16 17.9% 11.7% 11 105 114 2 64% 1 0/0
S.Slutzker NO 16 21 8.9% 13.8% 18 164 120 1 61% 1 0/0
L.Johnson KC 12 6 2.4% -2.5% 20 98 131 1 50% 0 0/0
B.Kozlowski ATL 12 12 3.4% 3.7% 16 122 118 2 69% 1 0/0
E.Green NYJ 10 11 6.7% 8.0% 10 37 81 2 70% 0 0/0
J.Allred CHI 5 2 -2.8% -5.2% 17 102 108 1 76% 0 0/0
B.Miller DEN 4 -2 -1.1% -11.2% 10 59 58 0 50% 0 1/4
J.Robinson STL 2 7 -4.5% 0.3% 11 76 78 2 55% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
E.Bjornson DAL 1 3 -6.4% -4.6% 19 131 113 0 53% 0 0/0
A.Mayes CHI 0 -4 -7.2% -11.3% 15 82 87 1 53% 0 0/0
M.Lyons PIT 0 8 -7.2% 2.1% 13 81 73 0 62% 0 0/0
B.Kinchen CAR -6 -5 -14.5% -12.8% 10 45 56 2 50% 0 0/0
J.Brigham OAK -7 -8 -14.2% -14.9% 16 108 73 0 50% 0 0/0
M.Roan TEN -13 1 -16.4% -6.7% 20 93 90 3 45% 0 0/0
A.Pierce BAL -15 -17 -19.3% -20.6% 21 102 74 0 52% 1 0/0
H.Goodwin MIA -19 -20 -37.1% -37.5% 10 57 12 0 80% 1 0/0
F.Baxter NYJ -20 -24 -23.5% -27.4% 17 66 59 2 47% 0 0/0
R.Rutledge NE -20 -22 -32.7% -35.5% 12 66 23 0 58% 1 0/0
R.Collins BAL -22 -11 -33.0% -20.6% 10 62 24 0 40% 0 1/18
H.Cross NYG -42 -50 -41.1% -48.0% 18 55 13 0 50% 0 0/0
J.McWilliams ARI -50 -55 -42.6% -46.5% 20 71 10 1 55% 1 0/0
G.DeLong BAL -69 -59 -53.4% -46.9% 21 52 -24 1 62% 0 0/0

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