Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 2006

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
T.Gonzalez KC 244 1 239 1 28.8% 3 28.0% 104 900 1,101 5 70% 1 0/0
A.Gates SD 206 2 160 3 17.2% 8 11.7% 120 924 1,158 9 59% 0 2/11
J.Witten DAL 143 3 174 2 18.3% 7 23.8% 91 754 783 1 70% 0 0/0
K.Winslow CLE 123 4 108 6 8.3% 15 6.4% 120 875 934 3 74% 1 1/9
T.Heap BAL 116 5 98 9 8.0% 16 5.5% 116 765 897 6 63% 0 0/0
D.Clark CHI 115 6 144 4 13.8% 10 19.0% 80 626 713 6 56% 0 1/3
O.Daniels HOU 103 7 102 8 21.8% 4 21.7% 51 352 520 5 67% 0 0/0
R.McMichael MIA 100 8 77 12 8.9% 14 5.2% 96 640 735 3 65% 0 0/0
D.Campbell DET 86 9 85 10 31.0% 1 30.9% 32 308 375 4 66% 0 0/0
C.Baker NYJ 85 10 71 13 19.7% 6 15.2% 45 300 452 4 69% 0 1/6
A.Crumpler ATL 85 11 107 7 4.8% 18 7.9% 103 780 778 8 54% 0 0/0
C.Cooley WAS 76 12 112 5 5.3% 17 11.3% 95 734 677 6 60% 0 0/0
H.Miller PIT 64 13 51 18 10.3% 12 6.7% 55 393 449 5 62% 0 0/0
R.Kelly CIN 64 14 46 19 21.5% 5 13.4% 33 254 324 1 64% 0 1/3
B.Fletcher IND 61 15 58 16 29.5% 2 27.6% 25 202 274 2 72% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
T.Scheffler DEN 60 16 79 11 14.7% 9 21.8% 37 286 359 4 49% 0 3/56
B.Utecht IND 55 17 53 17 9.9% 13 9.2% 53 377 390 0 70% 1 0/0
L.J.Smith PHI 54 18 70 14 2.6% 21 5.4% 80 611 581 5 63% 0 0/0
K.Wilson KC 39 19 36 20 13.5% 11 11.9% 24 132 243 3 63% 0 1/17
D.Clark IND 32 20 21 23 0.6% 22 -2.1% 57 367 418 4 53% 0 0/0
C.Anderson OAK 28 21 27 22 2.8% 20 2.7% 43 285 292 2 58% 1 3/16
D.Martin GB 27 22 18 24 3.2% 19 -0.1% 36 198 273 2 58% 0 1/25
J.Shockey NYG 22 23 63 15 -4.3% 27 1.4% 115 623 664 7 57% 0 0/0
B.Watson NE 21 24 2 30 -3.9% 26 -6.9% 91 643 562 3 54% 3 1/5
D.Graham NE 17 25 32 21 0.1% 23 6.4% 34 235 235 2 62% 1 1/22
J.Klopfenstein STL 14 26 15 25 -1.1% 24 -0.9% 34 226 226 1 59% 0 0/0
R.Royal BUF 11 27 11 27 -3.1% 25 -3.2% 40 224 244 3 60% 0 0/0
E.Johnson SF 8 28 -12 34 -4.8% 28 -10.9% 49 292 297 2 69% 0 0/0
B.Scaife TEN 8 29 13 26 -5.1% 29 -3.7% 57 384 323 3 53% 1 0/0
G.Wrighster JAC 5 30 -1 31 -6.0% 30 -7.6% 63 353 362 3 62% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
S.Heiden CLE 2 31 4 28 -6.5% 31 -5.8% 46 249 253 2 78% 0 0/0
D.Wilcox BAL 1 32 4 29 -6.8% 32 -5.5% 27 166 168 3 74% 2 0/0
S.Alexander DEN -1 33 -26 40 -7.8% 33 -17.7% 35 160 206 2 51% 0 1/3
B.Troupe TEN -10 34 -13 35 -12.6% 35 -14.4% 29 150 135 2 45% 0 0/0
A.Fasano DAL -11 35 -4 32 -14.1% 36 -10.0% 24 126 108 0 58% 0 1/26
J.Wiggins MIN -20 36 -15 36 -11.8% 34 -10.5% 67 390 335 1 69% 1 1/2
K.Mangum CAR -28 37 -16 37 -19.4% 37 -14.5% 33 170 131 1 64% 0 0/0
M.Gaines CAR -29 38 -18 38 -22.6% 40 -16.9% 28 146 95 0 54% 0 0/0
M.Campbell NO -31 39 -11 33 -23.2% 41 -12.8% 29 164 97 0 62% 0 0/0
A.Becht TB -39 40 -41 42 -29.9% 45 -31.0% 26 115 60 1 69% 1 0/0
J.Stevens SEA -42 41 -28 41 -20.1% 38 -15.8% 48 231 184 4 46% 1 1/13
V.Davis SF -44 42 -21 39 -23.3% 42 -14.8% 42 265 135 3 48% 1 1/27
A.Smith TB -50 43 -56 43 -21.1% 39 -22.9% 53 250 195 3 66% 1 1/18
R.Williams OAK -64 44 -100 45 -25.2% 43 -35.2% 57 293 160 0 49% 2 0/0
B.Franks GB -73 45 -98 44 -29.1% 44 -36.7% 53 234 121 0 47% 2 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Thomas NE 42 41 34.7% 34.1% 16 159 176 1 69% 0 0/0
B.Manumaleuna SD 33 24 21.2% 13.4% 17 91 170 3 82% 0 0/0
M.Bruener HOU 31 28 36.6% 31.5% 10 62 128 2 90% 0 0/0
M.Schobel PHI 26 36 8.4% 14.9% 22 214 193 2 64% 0 1/15
J.Madsen OAK 21 19 9.7% 8.5% 19 146 147 1 58% 0 1/24
J.Peelle MIA 19 13 9.2% 4.2% 18 116 140 1 89% 0 0/0
C.FitzSimmons DET 17 14 20.5% 14.7% 10 71 90 0 70% 0 1/10
T.Stewart CIN 11 5 1.5% -3.3% 18 120 127 1 78% 0 0/0
J.Putzier HOU 9 2 -0.7% -6.0% 22 125 135 0 59% 0 1/11
M.Lewis JAC 5 -5 -3.8% -10.6% 21 126 136 1 62% 0 0/0
V.Shiancoe NYG -1 -5 -8.4% -13.0% 14 81 68 0 86% 1 0/0
M.Pollard DET -4 -3 -10.9% -9.7% 17 100 94 0 71% 0 1/4
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Gilmore CHI -9 -10 -17.4% -19.2% 12 38 54 2 50% 0 0/0
E.Conwell NO -11 -3 -18.9% -9.8% 13 57 57 1 62% 0 1/4
D.Lee GB -15 -10 -17.9% -14.5% 21 150 87 0 48% 0 0/0
L.Pope ARI -15 -6 -16.7% -11.0% 23 161 103 0 70% 0 0/0
J.Dunn KC -16 -20 -28.6% -34.4% 10 40 28 0 40% 0 0/0
B.Hartsock TEN -28 -32 -34.4% -38.3% 15 68 26 0 40% 0 0/0
D.Blakley ATL -29 -18 -35.7% -24.9% 14 76 23 0 43% 0 1/2
B.Miller NO -30 -17 -28.1% -19.1% 22 129 56 0 64% 1 0/0
G.Reid CHI -36 -24 -61.3% -43.9% 10 37 -22 0 40% 0 0/0
I.Mili SEA -44 -36 -42.6% -36.1% 18 69 9 0 56% 0 0/0
J.Kleinsasser MIN -45 -50 -48.9% -52.9% 16 47 -7 0 44% 0 0/0
A.Bergen ARI -51 -49 -40.3% -39.5% 24 111 19 1 63% 2 0/0

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