Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 2001

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
T.Gonzalez KC 234 1 201 2 21.7% 3 17.6% 118 917 1,190 6 62% 0 3/46
M.Pollard IND 218 2 235 1 36.8% 1 40.4% 73 739 890 8 64% 0 2/41
F.Wycheck TEN 138 3 150 3 17.9% 5 20.2% 85 673 762 4 72% 0 0/0
S.Sharpe BAL 137 4 112 7 11.0% 10 7.7% 114 811 931 2 64% 1 0/0
J.Riemersma BUF 129 5 117 6 17.0% 6 14.8% 78 590 730 3 68% 0 1/6
B.Franks GB 115 6 124 5 25.2% 2 28.0% 48 322 547 9 75% 0 0/0
B.Chamberlain MIN 102 7 136 4 12.2% 8 18.5% 80 652 665 3 71% 1 0/0
D.Clark DEN 96 8 82 8 11.8% 9 9.0% 77 566 634 6 66% 3 0/0
M.Ricks KC 57 9 45 13 21.4% 4 15.1% 30 252 294 1 60% 0 0/0
A.Becht NYJ 54 10 56 10 7.4% 12 7.9% 52 321 427 5 69% 0 0/0
E.Kinney TEN 49 11 31 19 10.3% 11 3.9% 42 263 340 1 60% 0 1/31
D.Moore TB 47 12 54 11 7.0% 13 8.9% 52 285 382 4 67% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
Z.Flemister WAS 47 13 49 12 15.7% 7 16.6% 29 196 273 2 62% 0 1/6
D.Sloan DET 46 14 41 16 2.3% 16 1.3% 69 409 506 7 54% 0 0/0
E.Conwell STL 42 15 57 9 3.7% 15 7.8% 52 431 411 4 73% 2 0/0
C.Lewis PHI 39 16 43 14 1.1% 17 1.8% 68 422 480 6 60% 1 2/33
W.Walls CAR 32 17 31 18 -0.7% 20 -0.8% 73 452 479 5 59% 0 1/8
K.Brady JAC 30 18 17 21 0.3% 18 -2.9% 63 386 404 2 57% 0 0/0
F.Jones SD 27 19 41 15 -0.2% 19 3.4% 60 388 385 4 58% 0 0/0
J.Weaver MIA 26 20 37 17 6.3% 14 12.3% 25 215 214 2 72% 1 1/0
A.Crumpler ATL 15 21 20 20 -1.5% 21 0.3% 41 330 255 3 61% 1 0/0
J.Harris DAL 6 22 6 23 -3.6% 22 -3.7% 25 141 149 2 60% 0 0/0
E.Johnson SF 4 23 1 24 -6.4% 24 -7.2% 64 362 382 3 63% 1 1/17
D.Campbell NYG 3 24 -3 26 -5.4% 23 -9.0% 25 148 157 1 52% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Carswell DEN 0 25 14 22 -7.2% 25 -3.5% 56 299 306 4 61% 0 0/0
O.J.Santiago CLE -4 26 -1 25 -9.6% 26 -7.8% 27 153 144 2 63% 0 0/0
B.Williams NO -21 27 -28 31 -14.4% 27 -17.2% 42 202 196 3 48% 0 1/14
To.McGee CIN -24 28 -24 28 -19.0% 29 -18.9% 30 148 119 1 47% 0 1/10
K.Mangum CAR -27 29 -29 32 -20.1% 32 -21.3% 27 89 117 2 56% 0 1/10
R.Williams OAK -27 30 -24 29 -14.9% 28 -14.1% 53 298 243 3 62% 0 0/0
T.Mitchell ARI -28 31 -40 34 -19.1% 30 -23.9% 39 196 140 2 64% 0 0/0
R.Kelly ATL -30 32 -20 27 -22.4% 33 -17.3% 29 142 102 0 55% 0 1/17
W.Rasby WAS -35 33 -28 30 -28.2% 35 -24.1% 27 128 65 2 37% 0 0/0
K.Dilger IND -45 34 -34 33 -19.7% 31 -16.5% 54 351 209 1 59% 2 0/0
C.Fauria SEA -54 35 -53 35 -26.7% 34 -26.1% 40 188 117 1 53% 1 0/0
F.Baxter CHI -77 36 -63 36 -31.4% 36 -27.1% 44 148 100 2 50% 0 2/20

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
B.Kozlowski ATL 81 81 46.7% 47.3% 22 270 301 1 68% 0 0/0
J.Wiggins NE 43 55 22.5% 30.4% 21 133 216 4 67% 0 0/0
J.Robinson STL 30 33 25.3% 28.3% 13 108 144 1 85% 0 0/0
D.Jones JAC 29 25 24.4% 20.6% 13 140 140 1 62% 1 0/0
T.Heap BAL 24 28 7.4% 10.1% 23 206 188 1 70% 1 0/0
D.Martin GB 21 26 9.1% 12.2% 20 144 157 1 65% 0 0/0
J.Swift SF 17 14 12.5% 9.1% 11 66 107 1 100% 0 0/0
I.Mili SEA 16 19 10.8% 13.7% 12 98 112 2 67% 0 0/0
M.Lucky DAL 16 1 5.7% -6.5% 21 96 140 1 62% 0 0/0
S.Bush ARI 12 16 7.6% 11.9% 12 80 97 0 67% 0 0/0
C.Cleeland NO 6 11 -3.3% -0.3% 22 138 145 4 59% 1 1/1
M.Sellers CLE 2 6 -5.2% -1.1% 13 73 89 2 54% 0 0/0
S.Heiden SD -1 2 -7.9% -5.4% 13 55 74 1 62% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Brigham OAK -4 -7 -10.6% -12.5% 17 85 98 1 71% 0 0/0
M.Bruener PIT -9 -17 -14.6% -20.5% 18 98 88 0 67% 0 0/0
M.Battaglia 2TM -13 -21 -15.9% -21.4% 24 127 98 0 58% 1 0/0
R.Dudley CLE -17 -16 -23.0% -22.2% 16 115 53 0 56% 0 0/0
J.Davis CHI -18 -20 -21.8% -23.6% 17 68 63 0 65% 0 0/0
J.Tuman PIT -18 -29 -22.4% -31.4% 19 96 62 1 37% 0 0/0
J.Dunn KC -19 -25 -27.2% -33.6% 13 54 38 1 31% 0 0/0
A.Shea CLE -19 -28 -23.7% -31.2% 20 86 56 0 70% 0 0/0
J.Huggins DAL -22 -30 -36.1% -46.5% 12 36 16 0 67% 0 0/0
H.Goodwin MIA -28 -30 -51.4% -54.4% 10 27 -8 0 40% 0 0/0
T.Hardy ARI -42 -43 -36.7% -37.1% 22 79 29 2 50% 1 0/0
S.Alexander WAS -55 -50 -48.9% -45.0% 23 85 -9 0 39% 0 0/0

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