Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 2008

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, 43 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
T.Gonzalez KC 242 1 216 1 16.3% 13 13.8% 155 1,058 1,389 10 62% 0 2/25
V.Shiancoe MIN 226 2 210 2 51.4% 2 47.4% 59 596 816 7 71% 0 0/0
J.Witten DAL 201 3 187 3 18.7% 8 16.9% 120 952 1,090 4 68% 0 0/0
D.Clark IND 164 4 180 4 15.1% 14 17.3% 107 848 974 6 72% 2 1/5
O.Daniels HOU 162 5 155 6 16.6% 11 15.5% 99 862 925 2 71% 2 2/14
B.Miller NO 150 6 146 7 28.8% 5 28.0% 62 579 676 1 73% 0 0/0
A.Fasano MIA 139 7 158 5 30.4% 4 35.5% 53 454 615 7 64% 0 0/0
J.Carlson SEA 137 8 141 8 17.9% 9 18.6% 80 627 755 5 69% 0 0/0
A.Gates SD 136 9 137 9 14.9% 15 15.0% 92 704 813 8 65% 1 0/0
D.Martin MIA 127 10 127 11 35.9% 3 36.1% 45 451 524 3 69% 1 1/28
T.Scheffler DEN 113 11 130 10 19.5% 7 23.6% 62 644 599 3 66% 1 0/0
M.Bennett DAL 107 12 110 12 56.3% 1 57.9% 27 283 375 4 74% 0 0/0
H.Miller PIT 99 13 106 13 16.8% 10 18.6% 66 514 563 3 73% 1 0/0
K.Boss NYG 90 14 64 16 16.4% 12 9.5% 55 384 517 6 60% 0 0/0
C.Cooley WAS 82 15 101 14 4.3% 18 7.0% 111 849 774 1 75% 3 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
B.Celek PHI 79 16 62 17 22.5% 6 16.3% 38 318 395 1 71% 0 0/0
Z.Miller OAK 78 17 98 15 6.7% 17 10.3% 86 778 640 1 65% 0 0/0
T.Heap BAL 49 18 29 21 4.2% 19 -0.4% 64 407 463 3 55% 1 2/43
A.Smith TB 41 19 25 22 8.5% 16 2.4% 38 250 308 3 55% 0 0/0
D.Graham DEN 34 20 55 19 2.6% 20 8.5% 50 393 365 4 64% 0 0/0
D.Keller NYJ 33 21 57 18 -1.6% 22 2.5% 78 535 559 3 62% 0 4/35
G.Olsen CHI 27 22 40 20 -2.5% 24 -0.2% 82 574 531 5 66% 2 0/0
B.Scaife TEN 21 23 25 23 -3.6% 26 -2.9% 84 561 514 2 69% 1 2/32
M.Lewis JAC 16 24 -1 28 -4.0% 27 -7.4% 73 489 428 2 56% 0 1/15
J.Shockey NO 15 25 12 26 -4.2% 28 -4.7% 72 481 443 0 69% 2 0/0
D.Lee GB 15 26 22 24 -2.6% 25 -0.2% 50 303 301 5 78% 0 0/0
C.Baker NYJ 14 27 10 27 -0.2% 21 -2.4% 30 194 201 0 70% 0 0/0
D.Rosario CAR 12 28 21 25 -1.6% 23 2.5% 31 209 204 1 58% 0 0/0
A.Crumpler TEN -8 29 -10 29 -10.4% 29 -11.3% 41 257 199 1 59% 1 0/0
J.King CAR -8 30 -17 33 -11.1% 30 -15.4% 34 195 162 1 62% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Stevens TB -16 31 -13 30 -11.5% 31 -10.6% 59 397 293 2 61% 0 0/0
M.Spaeth PIT -18 32 -15 31 -17.8% 36 -16.2% 26 136 104 0 65% 0 0/0
M.Gaines DET -20 33 -35 34 -15.3% 34 -21.8% 36 260 162 1 64% 3 1/2
S.Heiden CLE -21 34 -17 32 -14.7% 33 -13.4% 42 249 190 0 55% 0 0/0
K.Winslow CLE -31 35 -39 35 -13.1% 32 -14.6% 83 428 382 3 52% 1 1/6
L.J.Smith PHI -38 36 -52 36 -15.9% 35 -19.1% 64 298 287 3 58% 0 1/9
R.Kelly CIN -60 37 -57 38 -30.1% 38 -29.0% 42 207 90 0 74% 0 0/0
V.Davis SF -62 38 -54 37 -27.1% 37 -24.6% 49 358 129 2 63% 2 0/0
C.FitzSimmons DET -68 39 -82 42 -42.9% 42 -50.7% 28 85 12 1 43% 0 0/0
B.Utecht CIN -74 40 -58 39 -47.4% 43 -39.1% 28 123 -6 0 57% 1 0/0
B.Watson NE -80 41 -74 41 -31.6% 40 -29.9% 47 209 102 2 47% 1 0/0
R.Royal BUF -108 42 -71 40 -36.5% 41 -26.5% 57 352 76 1 58% 2 0/0
D.Clark CHI -117 43 -110 43 -30.2% 39 -28.8% 73 367 174 1 56% 1 1/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Campbell NO 42 36 25.9% 20.9% 16 121 199 2 75% 0 0/0
T.Humphrey GB 35 31 23.2% 20.5% 16 162 171 0 69% 0 0/0
B.Manumaleuna SD 26 26 13.6% 13.5% 19 127 163 2 79% 0 0/0
J.Gilmore TB 26 20 10.4% 6.6% 21 147 180 1 71% 0 0/0
J.Peelle ATL 24 24 7.1% 7.1% 23 159 191 2 65% 0 0/0
D.Fine BUF 22 29 18.7% 27.7% 12 94 118 1 83% 0 0/0
D.Fells STL 10 8 6.5% 3.4% 11 81 86 0 64% 0 0/0
D.Schouman BUF 10 12 0.0% 1.5% 20 153 134 1 75% 1 0/0
R.McMichael STL 7 2 -1.3% -5.3% 21 139 117 0 52% 0 0/0
G.Mills MIN 6 -7 1.5% -17.2% 11 65 68 0 45% 0 0/0
G.Estandia JAC 3 -8 -4.3% -14.1% 15 113 101 0 67% 1 1/27
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Kleinsasser MIN 3 1 -3.4% -5.9% 13 92 74 0 46% 0 0/0
T.Stewart OAK -1 3 -8.5% -4.5% 15 81 83 0 73% 0 0/0
G.Robinson IND -2 -1 -8.4% -7.9% 24 166 120 0 79% 0 0/0
D.Walker SF -2 14 -8.8% 6.0% 16 155 87 1 63% 1 0/0
T.Santi IND -3 2 -11.6% -5.2% 13 64 60 1 77% 0 0/0
B.Patrick ARI -4 -3 -10.6% -9.3% 18 104 99 0 61% 0 0/0
T.Yoder WAS -5 6 -15.2% 2.2% 10 50 45 1 80% 0 0/0
B.Cottam KC -8 0 -18.8% -6.9% 11 63 40 0 64% 0 0/0
J.Owens DET -12 -13 -21.1% -22.2% 12 56 47 1 67% 0 0/0
R.Angulo JAC -12 -13 -23.6% -25.0% 11 63 36 0 73% 0 0/0
D.Dinkins CLE -13 -22 -27.3% -39.8% 11 41 27 1 45% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
L.Pope ARI -17 -13 -26.3% -22.4% 13 77 37 0 69% 0 0/0
J.Finley GB -17 -14 -25.3% -21.9% 12 74 42 1 50% 0 0/0
D.Thomas NE -19 -16 -23.8% -20.9% 17 93 55 0 53% 0 0/0
N.Jackson DEN -23 -16 -26.3% -20.4% 17 84 52 1 65% 0 0/0
A.Becht STL -25 -37 -41.3% -56.4% 11 39 7 0 55% 0 0/0
J.Dreessen HOU -32 -37 -35.8% -40.2% 17 76 25 0 65% 1 0/0
F.Davis WAS -32 -34 -54.5% -58.0% 10 27 -13 0 30% 0 0/0
T.Curtis DAL -34 -47 -52.7% -69.4% 12 37 -11 0 67% 1 0/0
B.Franks NYJ -37 -36 -55.0% -53.1% 12 47 -16 0 50% 0 0/0
J.Klopfenstein STL -41 -39 -40.8% -38.9% 19 124 13 0 58% 1 0/0
D.Coats CIN -46 -48 -68.3% -70.9% 10 19 -37 0 20% 0 0/0

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