Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 2002

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, 43 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
B.Miller HOU 184 1 167 1 30.5% 3 27.0% 80 613 811 3 64% 0 1/21
T.Gonzalez KC 157 2 150 2 16.6% 9 15.6% 99 773 895 7 64% 0 1/3
D.Jolley OAK 135 3 143 3 45.2% 1 48.5% 37 409 510 2 86% 0 0/0
S.Sharpe DEN 123 4 135 4 12.9% 11 14.9% 88 686 778 3 69% 0 2/27
A.Crumpler ATL 101 5 90 7 17.8% 8 15.1% 58 455 559 5 62% 0 0/0
J.Kleinsasser MIN 92 6 81 10 21.4% 5 17.9% 50 393 472 1 74% 0 0/0
C.Fauria NE 90 7 85 9 24.2% 4 22.4% 40 253 435 7 68% 0 0/0
B.Franks GB 82 8 104 5 7.9% 15 11.9% 71 442 636 7 76% 0 1/9
J.Riemersma BUF 82 9 74 12 18.1% 7 15.5% 48 350 450 0 67% 0 0/0
K.Brady JAC 81 10 78 11 11.0% 12 10.3% 67 461 551 4 64% 0 0/0
To.McGee DAL 81 11 98 6 33.0% 2 41.5% 30 294 346 1 77% 0 1/11
T.Heap BAL 81 12 89 8 2.6% 22 3.7% 122 836 861 6 56% 0 1/30
E.Conwell STL 66 13 67 13 15.1% 10 15.2% 48 419 393 2 71% 0 0/0
R.McMichael MIA 59 14 55 14 5.9% 19 5.0% 68 485 504 4 57% 1 0/0
B.Chamberlain MIN 51 15 40 19 8.9% 14 5.4% 50 389 378 0 68% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
I.Mili SEA 50 16 47 16 4.5% 20 3.9% 64 508 465 2 67% 1 0/0
J.Shockey NYG 50 17 29 22 -1.5% 26 -3.9% 127 894 826 2 58% 3 4/22
M.Pollard IND 45 18 44 17 2.8% 21 2.5% 69 484 475 6 62% 1 0/0
P.Mitchell JAC 44 19 39 20 10.1% 13 7.9% 36 246 311 2 69% 0 0/0
J.Norman SD 44 20 40 18 18.8% 6 16.9% 25 201 236 1 64% 0 0/0
J.Davis CHI 33 21 27 23 7.6% 16 4.9% 33 193 262 3 61% 0 0/0
M.Schobel CIN 33 22 30 21 6.3% 18 5.3% 36 212 275 2 75% 0 0/0
A.Becht NYJ 29 23 52 15 1.4% 23 8.6% 44 243 340 5 64% 0 1/18
D.Carswell DEN 27 24 27 24 6.7% 17 6.8% 29 189 220 1 72% 0 0/0
W.Walls CAR 19 25 23 25 0.5% 25 2.2% 36 241 248 4 53% 0 1/6
R.Dudley TB 16 26 23 26 1.1% 24 4.7% 26 192 194 3 62% 0 0/0
K.Dilger TB 7 27 18 27 -5.2% 27 -1.7% 48 329 289 2 71% 1 0/0
C.Lewis PHI 4 28 -3 29 -6.4% 28 -7.9% 67 398 392 3 63% 2 1/3
Z.Flemister WAS 0 29 -9 30 -7.3% 29 -12.7% 25 146 138 2 40% 1 0/0
D.Campbell NYG 0 30 8 28 -7.4% 30 -3.4% 31 175 170 1 71% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
S.Alexander SD -4 31 -13 31 -8.0% 31 -9.9% 76 510 401 1 59% 1 1/8
J.Whalen DAL -13 32 -17 32 -15.0% 35 -17.3% 29 152 111 0 59% 0 0/0
F.Wycheck TEN -21 33 -20 35 -12.0% 32 -11.7% 66 347 332 2 61% 1 0/0
S.Bush ARI -21 34 -17 33 -19.3% 38 -16.7% 27 121 103 1 70% 0 0/0
K.Mangum CAR -22 35 -19 34 -19.2% 37 -17.6% 29 159 107 0 55% 0 0/0
J.Stevens SEA -25 36 -25 36 -15.6% 36 -15.9% 42 252 195 3 62% 1 0/0
D.Sloan NO -31 37 -29 38 -26.6% 40 -25.4% 25 127 68 0 48% 0 0/0
E.Johnson SF -32 38 -56 41 -14.9% 34 -20.6% 65 321 285 0 55% 0 1/20
M.Ricks DET -33 39 -32 39 -13.9% 33 -13.6% 68 339 347 3 40% 0 4/83
B.Williams NO -43 40 -28 37 -29.0% 42 -21.2% 31 143 73 2 42% 0 0/0
R.Williams OAK -54 41 -42 40 -27.2% 41 -22.9% 40 213 110 0 68% 1 0/0
M.Campbell CLE -78 42 -71 42 -30.7% 43 -28.8% 46 179 109 3 54% 0 2/8
F.Jones ARI -103 43 -99 43 -26.4% 39 -25.6% 80 358 229 1 55% 1 2/13

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Thomason PHI 63 61 66.3% 63.8% 12 128 210 2 83% 0 0/0
T.Davis GB 39 39 39.5% 38.9% 11 107 156 1 82% 0 0/0
E.Kinney TEN 31 34 16.6% 18.3% 19 173 179 0 68% 0 0/0
D.Lyman CHI 29 28 15.9% 15.7% 20 121 167 2 70% 0 0/0
D.Moore BUF 20 16 4.3% 2.1% 24 141 193 2 67% 0 0/0
B.Kozlowski ATL 19 16 24.2% 19.2% 9 59 93 0 67% 0 1/10
B.Manumaleuna STL 16 22 10.8% 17.1% 14 106 110 1 57% 0 0/0
R.Kelly ATL 14 17 2.6% 5.0% 20 162 148 0 70% 0 0/0
J.Gilmore CHI 14 21 4.8% 11.8% 14 130 124 0 71% 0 1/2
C.Cleeland NE 12 3 1.1% -4.9% 21 112 150 1 76% 0 0/0
S.Heiden CLE 9 20 -1.4% 6.2% 19 105 145 1 89% 0 0/0
J.Holloway HOU -2 7 -9.6% 2.8% 10 73 53 0 70% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
W.Rasby WAS -2 -5 -9.6% -13.6% 13 85 64 0 69% 0 0/0
D.Graham NE -5 -6 -11.0% -11.3% 23 150 112 1 65% 0 0/0
J.Jones BAL -8 -9 -18.5% -18.7% 11 47 45 1 55% 0 0/0
M.Bruener PIT -10 -12 -14.9% -16.4% 18 66 87 1 72% 0 0/0
J.Tuman PIT -13 -19 -21.7% -28.3% 14 63 47 1 29% 0 0/0
D.Martin GB -18 -12 -29.7% -22.5% 11 33 28 1 73% 0 0/0
J.Swift SF -19 -15 -26.1% -21.9% 15 63 45 0 67% 0 0/0
J.Davenport IND -22 -24 -27.7% -28.9% 15 70 43 0 53% 0 1/4
J.Wiggins 2TM -27 -40 -33.0% -45.5% 15 62 29 1 67% 1 0/0
P.Hape DEN -27 -27 -32.7% -32.4% 14 26 31 2 43% 0 0/0
T.Jones BAL -29 -26 -27.2% -25.5% 21 106 59 1 52% 0 0/0
J.Owens DET -64 -62 -61.5% -59.5% 15 49 -40 0 33% 0 0/0

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