Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 2010

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 8/29/2012

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 358 1 355 1 76.3% 1 75.7% 65 782 1,139 10 77% 0 0/0
R.Gronkowski NE 243 2 229 2 51.7% 3 48.4% 59 546 875 10 71% 1 3/62
V.Davis SF 181 3 186 3 23.1% 10 23.9% 93 914 897 7 60% 0 1/29
J.Witten DAL 173 4 186 4 13.8% 14 15.3% 128 1,002 1,071 9 73% 1 0/0
A.Hernandez NE 144 5 146 5 27.1% 6 27.6% 64 563 667 6 70% 0 1/8
A.Fasano MIA 136 6 126 6 27.0% 7 24.3% 60 528 632 4 65% 0 0/0
T.Heap BAL 116 7 117 7 21.5% 12 21.6% 64 599 593 5 63% 1 0/0
J.Dreessen HOU 110 8 107 10 25.4% 9 24.7% 54 518 522 4 67% 1 0/0
B.Watson CLE 108 9 86 14 8.9% 18 5.7% 103 762 800 3 67% 0 0/0
K.Winslow TB 102 10 113 8 9.4% 17 11.2% 97 733 737 5 68% 1 2/23
J.Finley GB 99 11 101 12 51.8% 2 53.3% 26 301 355 1 81% 0 1/10
M.Lewis JAC 96 12 108 9 8.5% 19 10.5% 88 700 721 10 66% 2 2/33
J.Tamme IND 95 13 105 11 8.0% 20 9.7% 93 631 728 4 72% 0 2/38
J.Graham NO 91 14 83 15 22.6% 11 19.8% 43 356 455 5 72% 1 0/0
F.Davis WAS 86 15 92 13 34.9% 5 37.5% 30 316 361 3 70% 0 1/39
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
T.Moeaki KC 82 16 76 16 10.4% 16 9.2% 72 557 568 3 65% 0 0/0
E.Moore CLE 78 17 72 19 38.4% 4 35.1% 26 323 314 1 62% 1 1/14
R.McMichael SD 61 18 65 20 26.5% 8 28.8% 27 221 285 2 74% 0 0/0
J.Cook TEN 59 19 75 17 14.9% 13 21.2% 45 361 351 1 64% 0 1/20
B.Pettigrew DET 58 20 45 22 0.9% 23 -0.9% 111 722 716 4 64% 0 1/27
T.Gonzalez ATL 52 21 41 24 -0.4% 25 -1.9% 109 656 756 6 64% 0 4/48
J.Shockey NO 46 22 56 21 4.1% 21 6.5% 59 408 442 3 69% 0 0/0
Z.Miller OAK 42 23 75 18 -0.3% 24 5.1% 92 685 596 5 65% 1 0/0
Z.Miller JAC 35 24 42 23 13.5% 15 18.2% 26 216 216 1 77% 0 0/0
D.Clark IND 31 25 40 25 1.3% 22 3.7% 53 347 375 3 70% 0 0/0
O.Daniels HOU 24 26 19 27 -2.0% 26 -3.1% 68 471 436 2 56% 0 1/6
D.Keller NYJ 17 27 8 29 -4.7% 29 -6.0% 100 687 599 5 55% 0 0/0
H.Miller PIT 15 28 22 26 -3.7% 28 -2.1% 67 512 397 2 63% 1 0/0
D.Walker SF 12 29 10 28 -3.4% 27 -3.9% 46 336 288 0 65% 1 2/56
A.Quarless GB 2 30 3 30 -6.6% 30 -5.8% 33 238 197 1 64% 1 1/2
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Fells STL -1 31 1 31 -7.5% 31 -7.0% 65 391 345 2 63% 0 0/0
K.Boss NYG -8 32 -4 32 -8.9% 33 -8.2% 70 531 376 5 50% 1 0/0
V.Shiancoe MIN -8 33 -19 33 -8.8% 32 -11.1% 79 530 415 2 59% 0 0/0
B.Scaife TEN -21 34 -30 35 -13.2% 36 -15.6% 52 316 256 4 69% 2 0/0
B.Celek PHI -25 35 -33 37 -11.9% 35 -13.5% 79 511 395 4 53% 0 0/0
J.King CAR -29 36 -33 36 -20.5% 40 -22.3% 31 121 122 2 61% 0 1/20
C.Cooley WAS -34 37 -28 34 -11.6% 34 -10.8% 126 849 601 3 61% 3 1/19
D.Thomas NO -43 38 -46 38 -21.0% 41 -22.0% 46 219 171 2 65% 0 0/0
T.Scheffler DET -46 39 -53 41 -17.4% 38 -18.9% 72 378 283 1 63% 1 0/0
G.Olsen CHI -57 40 -46 39 -19.6% 39 -17.3% 70 404 264 5 59% 2 0/0
J.Gresham CIN -57 41 -47 40 -17.4% 37 -15.6% 83 471 352 4 63% 2 2/3
M.Bennett DAL -64 42 -70 42 -28.6% 42 -30.5% 47 262 113 0 70% 1 0/0
D.Rosario CAR -81 43 -103 44 -29.3% 43 -35.3% 58 264 133 0 55% 0 0/0
J.Carlson SEA -110 44 -100 43 -35.3% 44 -32.9% 58 318 91 1 53% 0 0/0
D.Graham DEN -139 45 -146 45 -63.4% 45 -65.9% 37 153 -95 0 49% 1 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
J.Gilmore TB 42 42 26.5% 26.6% 18 160 195 1 72% 0 0/0
J.Peelle ATL 17 16 7.6% 6.7% 15 96 132 1 67% 0 0/0
D.Lee GB 16 16 11.4% 10.5% 12 73 110 3 92% 1 0/0
T.Beckum NYG 13 18 3.1% 7.5% 18 116 130 2 72% 0 0/0
J.Kleinsasser MIN 12 18 2.6% 6.9% 20 148 133 0 85% 0 0/0
B.Pascoe NYG 9 6 4.2% 0.4% 13 72 89 0 69% 0 0/0
A.Crumpler NE 9 7 5.2% 1.6% 10 52 82 2 60% 0 0/0
M.Hoomanawanui STL 4 14 -4.6% 1.8% 22 146 141 3 59% 0 0/0
J.Stupar BUF 2 -1 -4.9% -8.0% 13 111 65 0 92% 1 0/0
J.Casey HOU -5 -8 -13.0% -15.1% 14 98 69 0 57% 0 0/0
C.Baker SEA -7 -19 -12.0% -20.1% 19 116 110 1 47% 0 1/6
B.Bajema STL -11 -6 -14.6% -11.4% 24 153 107 2 58% 1 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
D.Gronkowski DEN -13 -21 -23.4% -32.1% 13 65 41 0 62% 0 0/0
B.Patrick ARI -14 -10 -19.5% -16.5% 18 123 64 0 83% 1 0/0
B.Myers OAK -14 -19 -20.7% -25.9% 16 80 57 0 75% 0 0/0
C.Harbor PHI -16 -19 -22.7% -26.2% 15 72 52 1 60% 0 0/0
C.Morrah SEA -17 -15 -20.8% -19.8% 18 117 67 0 50% 0 0/0
R.Royal CLE -22 -27 -31.4% -37.8% 12 56 28 1 42% 0 0/0
C.Stevens TEN -23 -14 -21.7% -16.1% 23 122 85 2 48% 0 0/0
M.Spaeth PIT -25 -18 -28.8% -22.2% 18 80 44 1 50% 0 0/0
L.Pope KC -28 -18 -26.8% -19.7% 19 76 59 2 53% 0 0/0
E.Dickson BAL -31 -28 -29.5% -27.6% 23 152 50 1 48% 0 0/0
R.Kelly CIN -37 -43 -51.8% -58.2% 13 42 -11 0 77% 0 0/0
S.Spach ARI -61 -56 -62.3% -58.5% 17 40 -39 0 41% 0 0/0

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