Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 2003

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, 42 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
T.Gonzalez KC 254 1 242 2 28.8% 2 27.0% 106 915 1,149 10 67% 0 0/0
S.Sharpe DEN 218 2 250 1 28.5% 3 33.9% 94 770 988 8 66% 0 2/18
I.Mili SEA 156 3 149 3 28.5% 4 27.1% 62 492 705 4 74% 0 0/0
J.Kleinsasser MIN 131 4 140 4 27.8% 5 30.3% 59 401 598 4 78% 0 0/0
J.Shockey NYG 123 5 109 5 18.1% 9 15.2% 71 562 673 2 69% 1 0/0
M.Schobel CIN 103 6 104 6 50.2% 1 50.4% 30 332 376 2 80% 1 0/0
B.Williams NO 96 7 95 8 15.7% 11 15.6% 62 436 559 5 66% 0 0/0
M.Pollard IND 94 8 102 7 16.4% 10 18.3% 57 544 541 3 70% 1 0/0
A.Gates SD 84 9 80 9 24.3% 6 22.8% 42 394 408 2 57% 1 0/0
C.Lewis PHI 79 10 69 11 23.6% 7 19.6% 40 293 388 1 58% 0 1/28
E.Kinney TEN 76 11 72 10 12.2% 14 11.1% 58 393 497 3 71% 0 0/0
J.Weaver SF 69 12 61 12 12.9% 13 10.3% 53 437 441 1 66% 1 0/0
D.Clark IND 63 13 51 14 13.4% 12 9.5% 42 340 391 1 69% 0 2/12
R.McMichael MIA 53 14 43 16 2.4% 19 0.5% 83 598 581 2 59% 0 1/18
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Graham NE 45 15 30 19 4.2% 17 0.3% 62 409 432 4 61% 0 0/0
T.Jones BAL 45 16 53 13 20.6% 8 25.7% 25 159 234 3 76% 0 0/0
M.Ricks DET 37 17 43 15 2.2% 20 3.6% 61 434 415 2 61% 0 0/0
A.Becht NYJ 37 18 19 23 1.3% 21 -2.9% 58 356 441 4 69% 1 0/0
F.Wycheck TEN 36 19 29 21 9.8% 15 6.3% 29 165 257 2 59% 0 1/3
A.Crumpler ATL 35 20 42 17 -0.2% 24 1.2% 80 552 496 3 55% 1 0/0
C.Fauria NE 35 21 28 22 4.3% 16 2.0% 45 285 331 2 62% 0 0/0
J.Witten DAL 35 22 36 18 3.0% 18 3.2% 54 347 363 1 65% 0 0/0
B.Franks GB 21 23 29 20 -0.1% 23 2.4% 44 241 298 4 68% 0 0/0
T.Stewart CIN 17 24 18 24 -0.1% 22 0.6% 33 212 231 0 64% 0 0/0
B.Miller HOU 16 25 14 25 -3.4% 25 -3.7% 65 355 380 3 62% 0 0/0
T.Heap BAL 13 26 -7 30 -5.5% 27 -8.3% 112 693 636 3 51% 1 2/33
M.Campbell BUF 11 27 14 26 -4.1% 26 -3.2% 50 339 306 1 68% 0 0/0
E.Conwell NO 1 28 0 29 -6.9% 28 -7.1% 44 290 239 2 59% 1 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
K.Mangum CAR -1 29 13 27 -7.9% 29 -0.6% 29 199 160 0 59% 0 0/0
K.Brady JAC -9 30 -21 35 -10.2% 30 -14.3% 46 280 232 1 63% 2 0/0
L.J.Smith PHI -19 31 -17 34 -13.0% 33 -12.6% 46 321 231 1 59% 1 0/0
W.Walls GB -20 32 -8 31 -16.2% 34 -10.8% 33 222 141 1 61% 0 0/0
D.Campbell DAL -21 33 2 28 -17.4% 35 -6.1% 31 195 127 1 65% 0 0/0
D.Clark CHI -25 34 -16 33 -12.8% 32 -10.8% 71 434 325 2 62% 2 0/0
F.Jones ARI -30 35 -11 32 -12.7% 31 -9.2% 88 517 398 3 63% 0 0/0
J.Peelle SD -30 36 -23 36 -25.1% 38 -20.5% 25 133 78 1 64% 0 0/0
B.Manumaleuna STL -36 37 -36 37 -19.1% 36 -19.2% 45 238 176 2 64% 0 0/0
C.FitzSimmons DET -37 38 -41 38 -20.8% 37 -22.3% 40 160 149 2 58% 0 0/0
K.Dilger TB -51 39 -47 39 -25.9% 40 -24.5% 41 244 119 1 54% 1 0/0
D.Jolley OAK -65 40 -51 40 -25.7% 39 -21.7% 53 258 155 1 58% 0 0/0
S.Heiden CLE -70 41 -71 42 -38.8% 41 -39.3% 31 134 34 0 58% 0 0/0
B.Kozlowski ATL -75 42 -68 41 -48.6% 42 -44.3% 27 87 -11 0 37% 0 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Walker SF 38 44 34.1% 40.4% 13 116 162 1 62% 0 0/0
M.Rivers NYG 36 32 16.3% 13.8% 22 155 207 0 77% 0 0/0
G.Wrighster JAC 30 35 14.3% 17.7% 20 150 185 2 65% 0 0/0
T.Yoder TB 27 28 24.5% 25.4% 11 68 129 2 64% 0 0/0
C.Baker NYJ 23 24 12.7% 13.7% 18 137 146 0 78% 0 0/0
D.Lee MIA 20 20 17.8% 17.1% 11 110 112 1 64% 0 0/0
C.Cleeland STL 18 16 10.1% 8.5% 16 145 126 0 63% 0 0/0
J.Holloway HOU 17 13 17.3% 11.6% 10 84 94 0 80% 0 0/0
T.Johnson OAK 6 -3 -3.4% -9.1% 24 128 137 1 58% 0 0/0
D.Lyman CHI 4 13 -2.3% 7.8% 13 80 83 0 85% 0 0/0
D.Martin GB 1 1 -6.3% -6.8% 17 79 106 2 76% 0 0/0
S.Meier TEN -2 0 -8.9% -7.1% 19 159 105 0 68% 1 0/0
J.Tuman PIT -5 -6 -11.3% -11.9% 19 113 96 0 63% 0 0/0
R.Dudley TB -9 -6 -18.1% -14.9% 11 42 48 1 64% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
S.Bush ARI -12 -15 -17.5% -20.2% 17 71 70 1 65% 0 0/0
J.Riemersma PIT -13 -3 -14.9% -8.9% 23 138 111 1 43% 0 1/22
M.Seidman CAR -13 -22 -23.1% -34.7% 10 35 40 0 50% 0 1/16
J.Norman SD -13 -8 -23.5% -16.8% 12 72 40 1 50% 0 0/0
Z.Flemister WAS -14 -27 -19.1% -29.7% 17 89 69 0 53% 1 0/0
R.Kelly CIN -19 -17 -20.1% -18.8% 21 81 84 1 62% 0 1/18
D.Moore BUF -33 -46 -33.2% -42.7% 18 82 36 2 39% 1 0/0
D.Carswell DEN -36 -31 -39.7% -35.6% 17 53 15 1 35% 0 0/0
R.Royal WAS -38 -34 -58.0% -52.5% 11 47 -20 0 45% 1 0/0
V.Shiancoe NYG -39 -39 -31.9% -32.0% 23 56 47 2 43% 0 0/0
J.Stevens SEA -40 -50 -37.1% -44.7% 19 72 26 0 32% 0 1/12
D.Sanders CLE -40 -39 -32.0% -31.1% 21 95 49 1 71% 1 1/11
J.Wiggins CAR -44 -39 -38.7% -35.6% 20 80 22 1 40% 0 0/0

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