Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 2007

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, 44 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
A.Gates SD 258 1 236 1 27.3% 3 24.3% 117 984 1,190 9 64% 0 0/0
J.Witten DAL 242 2 195 2 19.6% 8 14.4% 141 1,145 1,286 7 68% 1 0/0
H.Miller PIT 174 3 185 3 34.2% 1 36.6% 61 566 734 7 77% 0 0/0
T.Gonzalez KC 161 4 173 4 9.4% 12 10.6% 154 1,172 1,162 5 64% 0 1/4
D.Lee GB 145 5 153 5 26.0% 4 27.8% 63 575 685 6 76% 1 1/10
T.Scheffler DEN 133 6 128 6 22.6% 6 21.5% 65 549 664 5 75% 1 2/27
O.Daniels HOU 105 7 97 7 9.2% 13 7.9% 94 773 763 3 67% 4 0/0
B.Watson NE 95 8 90 9 20.6% 7 19.0% 49 389 495 6 73% 1 0/0
C.Cooley WAS 95 9 87 10 5.9% 16 4.7% 110 786 815 8 60% 1 0/0
D.Clark CHI 87 10 76 11 13.3% 11 10.6% 66 545 545 4 67% 1 0/0
B.Utecht IND 86 11 93 8 27.7% 2 30.8% 37 364 393 1 84% 2 0/0
M.Pollard SEA 76 12 67 13 23.5% 5 19.9% 35 273 373 2 80% 0 0/0
C.Baker NYJ 67 13 48 15 8.5% 14 4.1% 61 409 504 3 67% 1 1/9
B.Miller NO 63 14 75 12 15.9% 10 20.4% 38 328 368 2 71% 0 0/0
R.McMichael STL 57 15 45 16 5.5% 17 2.9% 67 429 499 3 58% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Graham DEN 54 16 42 18 16.2% 9 11.1% 33 246 311 2 73% 0 1/4
K.Winslow CLE 43 17 44 17 -2.8% 24 -2.7% 148 1,111 905 5 55% 2 1/5
J.Shockey NYG 33 18 39 19 -1.9% 21 -0.9% 94 625 596 3 62% 0 1/16
R.Kelly CIN 24 19 16 25 7.9% 15 2.7% 27 211 188 0 74% 0 0/0
M.Gaines BUF 24 20 24 21 2.6% 18 2.8% 35 215 253 2 71% 0 0/0
D.Clark IND 22 21 55 14 -4.1% 25 0.7% 101 616 633 11 57% 0 0/0
M.Lewis JAC 19 22 10 26 -2.4% 23 -4.7% 57 391 372 2 65% 0 0/0
A.Smith TB 19 23 22 22 -2.0% 22 -1.0% 53 385 338 3 60% 0 0/0
L.Pope ARI 17 24 20 24 -0.1% 19 1.0% 34 238 237 5 68% 1 0/0
T.Heap BAL 15 25 24 20 -1.1% 20 2.7% 34 239 236 1 68% 0 0/0
E.Johnson NO 8 26 -6 28 -5.5% 26 -8.6% 63 380 386 2 76% 1 0/0
S.McHugh DET 4 27 1 27 -5.6% 27 -6.9% 29 252 187 0 59% 0 0/0
A.Crumpler ATL 3 28 20 23 -6.6% 28 -2.9% 70 444 386 5 60% 0 0/0
V.Shiancoe MIN -7 29 -10 30 -9.8% 29 -11.0% 43 324 220 1 63% 1 0/0
D.Martin MIA -13 30 -22 33 -11.3% 30 -13.9% 50 303 252 2 68% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
G.Olsen CHI -18 31 -34 36 -11.4% 31 -15.1% 66 391 322 2 59% 0 0/0
B.Fletcher IND -21 32 -11 31 -19.4% 35 -13.2% 27 143 102 0 67% 0 0/0
G.Wrighster JAC -22 33 -27 34 -19.5% 36 -22.3% 24 123 104 1 71% 0 1/1
R.Royal BUF -23 34 -30 35 -16.5% 34 -19.3% 38 249 159 3 66% 2 0/0
Z.Miller OAK -23 35 -6 29 -12.5% 32 -8.6% 69 444 326 3 64% 1 1/5
B.Franks GB -30 36 -36 37 -20.6% 37 -23.7% 32 132 122 3 56% 0 0/0
W.Heller SEA -45 37 -39 38 -31.7% 42 -28.7% 26 82 57 3 50% 0 0/0
J.Peelle MIA -45 38 -50 39 -21.4% 38 -23.0% 47 228 172 2 62% 0 0/0
V.Davis SF -46 39 -14 32 -15.6% 33 -9.8% 85 509 369 4 61% 1 0/0
L.J.Smith PHI -58 40 -64 41 -26.1% 40 -28.0% 44 236 133 1 50% 1 0/0
Q.Sypniewski BAL -86 41 -63 40 -31.9% 43 -25.5% 52 246 105 1 65% 1 0/0
J.King CAR -98 42 -94 43 -25.6% 39 -25.0% 80 406 235 2 58% 2 0/0
D.Walker SF -100 43 -95 44 -43.1% 44 -41.5% 42 174 17 1 50% 0 0/0
B.Scaife TEN -120 44 -89 42 -30.5% 41 -24.5% 78 421 173 1 59% 2 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Stevens TB 83 84 49.8% 50.3% 21 189 303 4 86% 0 0/0
K.Boss NYG 45 43 40.9% 39.4% 14 118 176 2 64% 0 0/0
D.Coats CIN 39 33 33.5% 27.1% 16 122 166 0 75% 0 0/0
B.Celek PHI 36 38 17.6% 19.0% 22 178 202 1 73% 0 0/0
C.FitzSimmons DET 30 33 33.9% 38.6% 10 85 126 1 80% 0 0/0
G.Estandia JAC 24 14 16.2% 6.3% 16 136 136 0 56% 0 0/0
T.Yoder WAS 18 18 16.5% 17.3% 12 97 100 1 58% 0 0/0
J.Madsen OAK 17 21 13.2% 18.6% 12 102 105 1 67% 0 0/0
B.Patrick ARI 5 18 -1.8% 12.4% 12 73 90 2 58% 0 0/0
A.Fasano DAL 5 -2 -3.8% -8.7% 21 143 133 1 67% 0 1/6
J.Putzier HOU -3 -6 -12.7% -15.8% 10 39 47 1 60% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
K.Brady NE -4 -6 -10.3% -12.6% 16 70 90 2 56% 0 0/0
B.Manumaleuna SD -5 -5 -12.0% -12.2% 15 86 75 1 67% 0 0/0
B.Hartsock TEN -6 -5 -11.9% -10.6% 19 138 103 0 63% 0 0/0
T.Bienemann ARI -13 -9 -23.5% -19.3% 11 46 38 1 64% 0 0/0
J.Kleinsasser MIN -14 -12 -27.7% -24.1% 10 43 28 1 40% 0 0/0
M.Schobel PHI -18 -17 -19.4% -18.2% 21 108 88 1 52% 0 1/16
B.Troupe TEN -30 -21 -47.7% -34.9% 10 46 -3 0 60% 0 0/0
S.Heiden CLE -34 -41 -33.6% -38.4% 21 104 35 0 57% 0 0/0
D.Wilcox BAL -43 -48 -59.7% -65.3% 11 18 -25 1 55% 0 0/0
M.Matthews NYG -47 -57 -60.2% -71.7% 13 28 -28 0 46% 0 0/0

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