Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 2005

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, 45 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Gates SD 279 1 255 1 23.1% 6 20.5% 139 1,085 1,380 10 63% 0 1/19
J.Witten DAL 239 2 221 2 35.7% 2 32.4% 88 752 991 6 74% 0 0/0
T.Gonzalez KC 194 3 171 3 18.1% 8 15.2% 116 905 1,064 2 67% 0 4/60
C.Cooley WAS 141 4 130 7 12.9% 12 11.3% 103 774 899 7 69% 3 0/0
J.Stevens SEA 139 5 144 5 21.3% 7 22.3% 68 554 712 5 66% 0 2/22
D.Clark IND 130 6 145 4 29.9% 3 34.0% 51 488 579 4 73% 0 1/3
H.Miller PIT 129 7 129 8 29.1% 5 29.0% 52 459 582 6 75% 0 0/0
T.Heap BAL 126 8 119 9 10.1% 14 9.1% 114 855 887 7 66% 2 0/0
J.Shockey NYG 102 9 132 6 5.8% 17 9.6% 122 891 881 7 53% 0 0/0
J.Putzier DEN 90 10 88 10 15.4% 10 14.9% 58 481 529 0 64% 1 1/10
J.Wiggins MIN 80 11 43 18 6.7% 16 0.2% 90 568 656 1 76% 0 0/0
B.Watson NE 75 12 82 11 13.9% 11 15.9% 54 441 460 4 54% 1 1/22
C.Baker NYJ 74 13 70 13 40.1% 1 37.5% 25 269 294 1 72% 0 0/0
E.Kinney TEN 64 14 74 12 6.9% 15 9.2% 72 543 517 2 76% 0 0/0
B.Fletcher IND 63 15 65 14 29.5% 4 30.8% 27 202 280 3 67% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Martin GB 47 16 39 19 10.9% 13 7.8% 39 224 319 3 69% 0 0/0
S.Heiden CLE 44 17 63 15 3.2% 18 7.5% 60 401 456 3 72% 0 1/9
D.Graham NE 38 18 34 20 17.5% 9 14.7% 25 235 211 3 64% 1 0/0
A.Crumpler ATL 38 19 44 17 -2.3% 24 -1.5% 118 882 727 5 55% 1 0/0
Z.Hilton NO 28 20 50 16 0.4% 22 6.5% 55 396 371 1 64% 0 0/0
C.Anderson OAK 26 21 21 23 0.6% 21 -1.0% 50 303 336 3 48% 1 1/19
K.Mangum CAR 21 22 13 25 1.2% 20 -2.1% 35 202 254 2 66% 0 1/3
L.J.Smith PHI 17 23 7 27 -4.9% 26 -6.3% 107 682 643 3 57% 1 1/11
A.Bergen ARI 13 24 12 26 -2.3% 23 -2.9% 43 270 254 1 65% 0 0/0
M.Schobel CIN 13 25 15 24 1.3% 19 2.7% 25 193 150 1 72% 1 0/0
B.Troupe TEN 9 26 32 21 -5.6% 27 -1.4% 80 530 484 4 69% 2 1/1
D.Wilcox BAL 9 27 4 28 -2.7% 25 -5.4% 28 154 178 1 71% 0 0/0
R.Williams OAK 2 28 -19 33 -6.1% 28 -18.1% 26 164 149 0 50% 0 0/0
A.Shea CLE 1 29 -27 37 -6.6% 29 -19.6% 32 153 185 1 56% 0 0/0
D.Jolley NYJ -2 30 -13 31 -7.8% 30 -11.2% 50 324 278 1 58% 1 1/14
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Smith TB -9 31 31 22 -9.7% 31 0.8% 60 367 308 2 68% 0 0/0
B.Scaife TEN -14 32 -23 36 -10.9% 32 -13.3% 55 273 297 2 67% 0 0/0
D.Lee GB -15 33 -27 38 -11.5% 33 -14.8% 55 294 267 2 60% 0 0/0
E.Conwell NO -16 34 -10 29 -15.7% 36 -12.6% 29 165 123 1 45% 1 0/0
J.Kleinsasser MIN -16 35 -19 34 -16.9% 37 -18.5% 28 174 106 0 79% 1 0/0
D.Clark CHI -23 36 -33 39 -14.4% 34 -17.7% 49 229 219 2 49% 0 0/0
B.Franks GB -25 37 -12 30 -16.9% 38 -11.9% 37 203 167 1 65% 0 1/6
A.Becht TB -36 38 -40 40 -30.8% 42 -33.7% 25 112 50 0 64% 0 0/0
M.Rivers HOU -38 39 -22 35 -24.8% 41 -17.7% 35 168 99 0 69% 0 0/0
M.Pollard DET -41 40 -18 32 -15.3% 35 -10.7% 78 516 341 3 59% 1 0/0
S.Alexander DEN -42 41 -49 42 -23.4% 40 -25.9% 36 170 128 1 58% 0 0/0
K.Brady JAC -57 42 -50 43 -41.9% 44 -37.8% 26 157 14 1 69% 3 0/0
R.Royal WAS -64 43 -67 45 -34.2% 43 -35.5% 35 131 60 1 51% 0 0/0
R.McMichael MIA -68 44 -46 41 -17.4% 39 -14.1% 104 582 418 5 58% 1 0/0
M.Campbell BUF -74 45 -51 44 -47.3% 45 -34.9% 29 139 -6 0 66% 0 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Sellers WAS 76 76 51.2% 51.2% 16 72 274 7 75% 0 0/0
M.Gaines CAR 43 43 29.8% 30.4% 16 155 190 2 75% 0 0/0
E.Edwards ARI 14 19 3.3% 7.5% 17 133 139 1 71% 0 1/20
R.Hannam SEA 4 -2 -3.9% -8.6% 21 89 122 1 62% 0 0/0
R.Kelly CIN -4 -5 -10.8% -12.0% 18 90 88 1 83% 1 0/0
C.Fauria NE -6 -8 -11.4% -12.8% 17 57 104 2 47% 0 1/9
B.Utecht IND -7 -10 -16.2% -19.7% 12 59 53 2 25% 0 0/0
D.Dinkins BAL -8 -14 -16.4% -23.7% 13 55 54 0 46% 0 0/0
B.Bajema SF -9 -14 -21.8% -30.7% 10 54 32 0 50% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
G.Wrighster JAC -10 -15 -14.1% -17.0% 23 120 104 2 57% 0 0/0
T.Jones SF -11 -8 -18.0% -15.4% 15 76 61 0 60% 0 0/0
V.Shiancoe NYG -12 -20 -18.5% -25.7% 17 91 64 0 47% 0 0/0
L.Diamond MIA -18 -20 -29.6% -32.1% 12 54 29 0 67% 0 0/0
J.Dreessen NYJ -23 -24 -39.0% -40.6% 10 41 11 0 50% 0 0/0
C.FitzSimmons DET -24 -33 -28.9% -37.8% 17 45 41 1 59% 0 0/0
S.Spach PHI -34 -33 -46.8% -45.5% 12 42 -2 0 58% 0 0/0
B.Manumaleuna STL -38 -31 -35.1% -29.6% 20 129 32 1 65% 2 0/0
J.Peelle SD -71 -65 -58.9% -54.6% 20 38 -39 1 55% 0 0/0

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