Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 2004

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, 41 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
T.Gonzalez KC 335 1 308 2 26.1% 4 23.4% 148 1,258 1,573 7 69% 0 1/21
A.Gates SD 309 2 327 1 30.5% 2 32.7% 114 964 1,361 13 71% 0 4/55
J.Witten DAL 201 3 212 3 18.5% 8 19.9% 121 982 1,094 6 72% 2 2/48
A.Crumpler ATL 178 4 182 4 28.9% 3 29.6% 74 774 804 6 65% 1 0/0
J.Putzier DEN 146 5 164 5 35.4% 1 40.9% 54 572 604 2 67% 0 1/26
E.Johnson SF 143 6 131 6 12.1% 13 10.5% 117 825 932 2 70% 1 0/0
J.Wiggins MIN 117 7 115 7 12.1% 12 11.8% 92 706 764 4 77% 1 0/0
D.Graham NE 100 8 97 8 22.1% 6 21.0% 48 364 506 7 63% 0 2/14
D.Clark IND 86 9 87 11 23.5% 5 23.9% 39 423 422 5 64% 2 1/6
B.Franks GB 77 10 90 10 13.2% 11 16.5% 50 361 487 7 68% 0 1/7
M.Pollard IND 77 11 93 9 20.7% 7 26.6% 41 309 399 6 71% 0 0/0
J.Shockey NYG 68 12 72 13 2.8% 21 3.4% 97 666 712 6 63% 1 1/38
S.Heiden CLE 62 13 57 15 14.8% 10 12.9% 42 287 372 5 67% 1 1/13
L.J.Smith PHI 61 14 73 12 9.9% 16 13.3% 54 377 432 5 63% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
T.Heap BAL 55 15 47 17 12.0% 14 9.0% 44 303 364 3 61% 0 0/0
R.McMichael MIA 53 16 -3 28 -0.3% 24 -7.7% 118 791 754 4 62% 2 1/18
E.Kinney TEN 52 17 65 14 16.3% 9 21.9% 30 193 301 3 83% 0 0/0
J.Stevens SEA 40 18 48 16 4.4% 20 6.8% 47 349 373 3 66% 0 1/1
M.Campbell BUF 37 19 27 18 10.4% 15 6.0% 30 203 254 5 57% 1 0/0
I.Mili SEA 29 20 22 19 4.4% 19 1.7% 36 240 273 1 64% 0 1/28
M.Schobel CIN 28 21 -2 27 6.5% 17 -8.3% 33 201 232 4 64% 1 0/0
C.Baker NYJ 26 22 11 21 4.4% 18 -2.4% 29 182 249 4 62% 1 0/0
K.Dilger TB 25 23 19 20 -0.4% 25 -2.2% 55 345 365 3 71% 0 0/0
D.Wilcox BAL 18 24 1 24 0.9% 22 -6.8% 35 226 228 1 71% 1 0/0
C.Lewis PHI 14 25 9 22 -2.8% 26 -4.4% 46 267 305 3 63% 0 0/0
J.Dunn KC 13 26 9 23 0.2% 23 -2.2% 25 120 171 3 68% 0 0/0
A.Shea CLE 9 27 -2 26 -4.1% 27 -8.0% 48 252 267 4 54% 0 0/0
C.Cooley WAS 0 28 0 25 -7.2% 28 -7.3% 63 314 368 6 59% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Jolley OAK -2 29 -7 29 -8.0% 29 -9.6% 48 313 262 2 56% 0 0/0
D.Carswell DEN -16 30 -11 30 -14.1% 30 -11.8% 36 198 162 1 61% 0 0/0
B.Miller HOU -30 31 -31 32 -21.1% 33 -21.5% 34 178 116 1 50% 1 0/0
T.Jones BAL -32 32 -36 34 -24.3% 34 -26.7% 29 152 87 1 69% 0 0/0
K.Mangum CAR -35 33 -17 31 -16.6% 31 -11.7% 58 323 237 3 59% 0 0/0
A.Becht NYJ -47 34 -53 35 -31.6% 37 -35.0% 28 100 60 1 46% 0 0/0
F.Jones ARI -60 35 -56 36 -20.1% 32 -19.2% 74 426 265 2 61% 0 0/0
D.Clark CHI -66 36 -35 33 -29.7% 35 -19.2% 49 282 104 1 49% 1 0/0
T.Stewart CIN -78 37 -90 38 -53.2% 41 -60.8% 25 48 -27 1 40% 0 0/0
B.Troupe TEN -86 38 -63 37 -32.0% 38 -25.3% 54 332 105 1 61% 2 1/8
S.Meier TEN -97 39 -101 40 -45.0% 40 -46.4% 36 127 5 2 69% 1 0/0
S.Alexander DET -124 40 -95 39 -31.6% 36 -25.9% 76 377 159 1 54% 0 0/0
B.Williams NO -139 41 -153 41 -35.3% 39 -38.1% 75 362 114 2 44% 2 1/15

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
C.Fauria NE 64 63 34.0% 33.8% 20 195 268 2 80% 0 0/0
M.Seidman CAR 50 60 44.7% 54.4% 13 123 191 2 100% 0 0/0
T.Johnson OAK 50 52 46.7% 49.3% 13 131 187 2 69% 0 0/0
T.Euhus BUF 30 24 23.0% 17.5% 15 98 147 2 73% 0 0/0
B.Manumaleuna STL 28 25 13.4% 11.2% 21 174 175 1 71% 0 0/0
C.Anderson OAK 27 18 11.3% 5.3% 21 175 182 1 62% 0 0/0
R.Hannam SEA 24 23 21.9% 20.7% 12 110 124 0 67% 0 0/0
J.Weaver NE 21 26 19.0% 25.5% 12 93 114 0 67% 0 0/0
R.Royal WAS 12 17 4.9% 10.2% 15 70 111 4 53% 0 0/0
A.Walker SF 9 -2 0.6% -9.4% 15 115 113 0 67% 0 1/8
S.Berton MIN 8 13 4.2% 11.7% 11 78 77 0 82% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Dinkins BAL 7 7 -0.7% -0.5% 15 94 100 1 60% 0 0/0
C.FitzSimmons DET 2 10 -4.9% 3.8% 14 103 82 0 71% 0 0/0
C.Cleeland STL -4 -7 -12.0% -15.8% 12 57 61 0 58% 0 0/0
J.Tuman PIT -4 -4 -10.1% -10.4% 20 89 110 3 45% 0 0/0
D.Martin GB -4 5 -12.9% -0.5% 12 88 57 0 42% 0 1/2
K.Winslow CLE -9 -9 -21.6% -21.9% 11 50 33 0 45% 0 0/0
W.Heller TB -14 -11 -18.7% -16.2% 16 98 72 1 75% 1 1/7
D.Lee MIA -14 -28 -18.7% -29.9% 20 119 73 1 65% 2 0/0
G.Wrighster JAC -21 -20 -33.2% -32.6% 14 69 22 1 71% 1 0/0
R.Neufeld BUF -22 -28 -31.3% -38.2% 14 61 29 0 43% 0 0/0
M.Rivers NYG -26 -24 -36.4% -35.2% 12 36 18 1 42% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
P.Hape DEN -26 -19 -25.9% -21.2% 17 35 61 4 47% 0 0/0
E.Conwell NO -29 -24 -29.4% -25.6% 19 102 46 1 53% 0 0/0
T.Yoder JAC -29 -22 -26.4% -21.9% 22 157 65 0 64% 0 0/0
B.Steele GB -30 -28 -47.3% -45.0% 11 42 -2 0 36% 0 0/0
M.Bruener HOU -30 -24 -47.4% -39.0% 10 52 -2 0 40% 0 0/0
K.Brady JAC -30 -13 -25.6% -14.9% 23 103 73 1 61% 0 1/28
R.Kelly CIN -34 -33 -32.1% -31.9% 21 85 41 0 71% 0 0/0
J.Peelle SD -35 -43 -34.6% -41.2% 20 84 32 2 50% 1 0/0
B.Jones JAC -39 -31 -38.8% -33.0% 19 87 19 1 32% 0 0/0
D.Lyman CHI -62 -57 -46.2% -43.0% 23 73 -1 1 48% 0 0/0
M.Gaines CAR -73 -75 -74.2% -76.3% 14 34 -67 0 29% 0 0/0

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