Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

TIGHT ENDS 2012

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 9/1/2013

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, 49 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
R.Gronkowski NE 271 1 279 1 41.2% 1 42.6% 80 790 1,060 11 69% 1 1/8
T.Gonzalez ATL 244 2 258 2 20.6% 7 22.1% 124 930 1,270 8 75% 0 2/14
H.Miller PIT 188 3 172 3 21.0% 6 18.5% 101 816 971 8 70% 0 0/0
J.Witten DAL 169 4 147 5 10.0% 14 7.8% 149 1,039 1,194 3 74% 0 0/0
G.Olsen CAR 138 5 147 4 13.6% 10 15.0% 104 843 858 5 66% 0 1/10
B.Myers OAK 119 6 123 6 10.7% 13 11.4% 105 806 814 4 75% 0 0/0
V.Davis SF 104 7 103 8 17.5% 8 17.1% 61 548 582 5 67% 0 0/0
D.Allen IND 96 8 86 11 14.8% 9 12.5% 66 521 576 3 68% 1 1/32
J.Graham NO 96 9 104 7 2.7% 23 3.5% 135 982 1,020 9 63% 1 0/0
J.Finley GB 84 10 73 14 7.0% 17 5.2% 87 667 677 2 70% 1 3/39
D.Keller NYJ 82 11 88 10 26.4% 3 28.7% 36 317 384 2 78% 0 0/0
L.Kendricks STL 81 12 54 21 13.0% 12 6.4% 64 519 511 4 66% 1 0/0
A.McCoy SEA 80 13 85 12 35.5% 2 38.1% 28 291 330 3 64% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Bennett NYG 72 14 64 18 4.6% 20 3.3% 90 626 665 5 61% 0 0/0
L.Paulsen WAS 68 15 76 13 23.8% 4 27.2% 36 308 335 1 69% 0 1/15
D.Pitta BAL 68 16 68 16 4.3% 21 4.3% 94 669 643 7 65% 0 0/0
A.Gates SD 64 17 89 9 4.6% 19 9.3% 80 538 596 7 61% 0 2/28
J.Gresham CIN 64 18 48 24 3.2% 22 0.6% 94 737 656 5 68% 2 1/12
J.Casey HOU 60 19 66 17 13.1% 11 15.0% 44 330 379 3 77% 0 0/0
F.Davis WAS 58 20 73 15 21.6% 5 29.2% 32 325 293 0 75% 0 0/0
Z.Miller SEA 54 21 50 23 8.1% 15 6.9% 53 396 416 3 72% 1 0/0
O.Daniels HOU 54 22 52 22 0.6% 27 0.3% 104 716 690 6 60% 0 1/12
T.Moeaki KC 52 23 58 20 7.1% 16 8.8% 56 453 415 1 59% 0 0/0
A.Hernandez NE 50 24 16 31 1.6% 24 -4.3% 83 483 581 5 61% 0 1/6
S.Chandler BUF 43 25 61 19 1.2% 25 4.9% 74 571 517 6 58% 2 0/0
G.Graham HOU 38 26 33 26 6.8% 18 5.0% 40 263 308 3 70% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Lewis JAC 36 27 31 27 0.0% 28 -1.1% 77 540 497 4 68% 0 1/5
K.Rudolph MIN 25 28 8 34 -3.4% 31 -6.1% 94 493 601 9 56% 0 0/0
J.Dreessen DEN 25 29 18 29 -1.2% 29 -2.7% 58 356 398 5 71% 0 0/0
J.Cook TEN 17 30 13 33 -3.7% 33 -4.7% 72 530 449 4 61% 1 0/0
C.Stevens TEN 16 31 17 30 0.8% 26 1.3% 33 278 206 1 70% 2 1/10
C.Fleener IND 12 32 -10 37 -3.6% 32 -10.2% 48 281 311 2 54% 0 1/28
D.Walker SF 11 33 26 28 -2.8% 30 3.1% 39 345 239 3 54% 1 0/0
J.Tamme DEN 8 34 34 25 -5.9% 35 -1.2% 84 555 493 2 62% 0 1/15
E.Dickson BAL 3 35 -6 35 -5.8% 34 -9.8% 33 234 192 0 64% 0 0/0
J.Cumberland NYJ -4 36 -8 36 -8.5% 36 -9.7% 53 359 281 3 55% 0 0/0
J.Cameron CLE -17 37 -30 42 -13.5% 39 -18.3% 40 226 191 1 50% 0 1/7
C.Clay MIA -19 38 -14 38 -16.0% 41 -13.9% 33 212 139 2 55% 0 0/0
B.Watson CLE -29 39 -30 41 -12.8% 37 -12.8% 81 505 385 3 60% 1 1/19
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
B.Celek PHI -31 40 15 32 -12.8% 38 -4.6% 87 684 402 1 66% 1 0/0
L.Stocker TB -36 41 -27 40 -26.4% 47 -21.7% 28 165 79 1 57% 0 0/0
D.Clark TB -36 42 -19 39 -14.5% 40 -11.0% 75 435 340 4 63% 0 1/10
J.King ARI -41 43 -57 47 -28.6% 48 -37.1% 29 129 71 0 59% 0 0/0
R.Housler ARI -41 44 -40 44 -17.0% 43 -16.8% 68 417 265 0 66% 0 0/0
T.Scheffler DET -50 45 -56 46 -16.2% 42 -17.4% 85 504 360 1 49% 0 0/0
K.Davis CHI -52 46 -54 45 -26.0% 46 -26.8% 44 229 119 2 43% 1 1/24
A.Fasano MIA -55 47 -38 43 -19.4% 44 -15.5% 69 332 263 5 59% 0 0/0
C.Harbor PHI -77 48 -71 48 -37.2% 49 -35.0% 39 186 48 2 64% 1 0/0
B.Pettigrew DET -122 49 -126 49 -25.3% 45 -25.9% 102 570 302 3 58% 4 0/0

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
T.Crabtree GB 69 75 76.8% 83.0% 12 203 221 3 67% 0 0/0
D.Thomas NO 31 27 18.0% 14.8% 17 86 171 4 65% 0 0/0
O.Charles CIN 23 25 28.1% 29.9% 10 101 106 0 80% 0 0/0
M.Mulligan STL 22 21 19.6% 18.9% 12 84 117 1 67% 0 0/0
W.Heller DET 17 18 3.8% 4.5% 23 150 168 1 74% 0 0/0
D.Fells NE 15 12 16.8% 12.4% 9 85 86 0 44% 0 1/4
J.Phillips DAL 7 8 2.0% 3.8% 10 55 73 1 80% 0 0/0
J.Hanna DAL 5 5 -1.5% -1.0% 11 86 81 0 73% 0 0/0
N.Paul WAS 3 5 -3.9% -2.3% 15 152 91 1 53% 0 0/0
T.Heap ARI -1 6 -8.3% 0.2% 13 94 64 0 62% 0 0/0
D.Ausberry OAK -1 -5 -8.8% -13.7% 12 92 65 0 58% 0 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
K.Reuland NYJ -4 -3 -10.8% -10.3% 16 83 79 0 69% 0 0/0
D.Dickerson BUF -5 -9 -12.4% -17.2% 15 117 68 0 60% 1 0/0
D.Rosario SD -14 -10 -18.3% -15.1% 18 101 78 3 56% 1 0/0
M.Spaeth CHI -17 -17 -33.7% -34.5% 10 28 17 1 60% 0 0/0
S.Maneri KC -30 -27 -42.5% -39.8% 12 51 6 0 42% 0 0/0
D.J.Williams GB -32 -26 -40.8% -34.7% 15 57 10 0 47% 0 0/0
T.Thompson TEN -34 -38 -53.3% -59.1% 13 46 -12 0 46% 0 0/0
D.Paulson PIT -43 -42 -65.2% -63.3% 11 51 -31 0 64% 1 0/0
J.Carlson MIN -44 -44 -49.6% -49.8% 14 43 -8 0 57% 0 0/0
R.McMichael SD -49 -49 -66.5% -67.1% 13 51 -37 0 69% 1 0/0
A.Smith CLE -79 -80 -72.6% -73.5% 18 47 -70 0 72% 0 0/0

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