1985 NFL TIGHT END RATINGS

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 2/7/2020

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, 40 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
M.Shuler NYJ 226 1 222 1 24.2% 5 23.7% 106 879 1,097 7 72% 1 1/17
D.Cosbie DAL 156 2 124 4 17.3% 8 12.3% 94 793 875 6 68% 2 0/0
T.Christensen LARD 144 3 146 2 10.4% 16 10.7% 123 987 998 6 67% 0 0/0
H.Brenner NO 131 4 113 7 20.0% 6 16.3% 76 652 689 3 55% 1 2/23
A.Cox ATL 124 5 119 5 42.8% 1 40.6% 41 454 479 2 80% 0 0/0
R.Holman CIN 116 6 142 3 29.2% 3 37.1% 50 479 522 7 76% 1 0/0
E.Moorehead CHI 112 7 117 6 27.1% 4 28.6% 49 481 517 1 71% 0 0/0
T.Wrightman CHI 112 8 90 10 39.0% 2 29.9% 36 407 446 1 67% 0 0/0
P.Holohan SD 103 9 102 8 19.7% 7 19.3% 55 459 546 3 75% 0 0/0
P.Coffman GB 95 10 99 9 10.2% 17 11.0% 84 666 666 6 58% 1 4/34
R.Francis SF 86 11 87 11 16.3% 11 16.4% 56 478 494 3 79% 2 0/0
J.Bell TB 83 12 74 13 15.4% 14 13.0% 58 496 486 2 74% 2 1/11
C.Young SEA 65 13 52 19 17.2% 9 12.3% 40 351 366 2 70% 1 0/0
J.Spagnola PHI 65 14 76 12 2.1% 20 3.7% 104 772 722 5 62% 1 0/0
C.Magee TB 62 15 40 20 16.5% 10 7.9% 38 288 357 3 68% 1 0/0
J.Rose MIA 62 16 60 17 15.5% 13 14.8% 41 306 364 4 46% 0 1/27
D.Lewis DET 57 17 68 14 13.5% 15 17.5% 42 354 353 3 67% 1 0/0
O.Newsome CLE1 54 18 66 15 1.6% 21 3.6% 95 711 629 5 65% 0 1/8
J.Tice NO 52 19 32 21 15.8% 12 6.8% 36 266 303 2 67% 0 0/0
E.Sievers SD 49 20 61 16 4.2% 19 6.9% 63 438 468 6 65% 0 0/0
B.Hardy MIA 49 21 59 18 5.2% 18 7.7% 54 409 436 4 72% 1 0/0
J.Giles TB 36 22 8 30 -1.3% 24 -5.9% 94 673 581 8 46% 3 3/60
S.Jordan MIN 29 23 16 28 -3.1% 27 -5.0% 103 795 644 0 66% 2 1/0
W.Arnold KC 24 24 20 25 0.5% 22 -1.1% 48 339 317 1 58% 0 0/0
J.Wright DEN 18 25 22 24 -0.2% 23 1.3% 38 246 255 1 74% 0 0/0
C.Kay DEN 17 26 29 23 -2.1% 25 1.4% 51 339 318 3 57% 0 0/0
T.Hunter LARM 17 27 8 29 -3.8% 28 -5.5% 74 561 442 4 68% 3 1/19
M.Boyer IND 11 28 16 27 -2.5% 26 -0.7% 35 274 227 0 71% 0 0/0
Da.Hill LARM 7 29 -8 32 -4.5% 29 -10.4% 38 271 230 1 76% 2 0/0
D.Warren WAS 2 30 -11 33 -6.3% 30 -14.1% 26 163 141 1 58% 0 0/0
M.Bavaro NYG 1 31 30 22 -7.1% 31 -0.6% 68 511 382 4 54% 0 0/0
K.Winslow SD -9 32 18 26 -10.3% 32 -0.8% 42 318 221 0 60% 0 0/0
E.Ramson BUF -14 33 -1 31 -11.4% 33 -7.5% 55 369 262 1 67% 1 0/0
P.Beach IND -28 34 -20 34 -14.1% 34 -12.2% 64 376 286 6 56% 2 1/5
C.Didier WAS -36 35 -28 35 -14.5% 35 -12.9% 75 433 342 4 55% 0 0/0
D.Marsh STLC -51 36 -29 36 -19.9% 36 -14.5% 60 355 229 1 62% 0 0/0
L.Dawson NE -52 37 -61 37 -35.1% 39 -39.7% 31 148 44 0 55% 1 0/0
D.Ramsey NE -81 38 -80 39 -29.1% 37 -28.9% 55 285 136 1 51% 1 0/0
P.Metzelaars BUF -83 39 -81 40 -58.6% 40 -57.9% 26 80 -45 1 46% 0 0/0
J.Williams HOIL -111 40 -75 38 -30.1% 38 -22.8% 74 444 166 1 53% 1 1/6

RECEIVING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD Catch
Rate
FUM DPI
L.Hardy NO 68 58 43.1% 35.6% 22 208 264 2 68% 0 0/0
R.Klever NYJ 50 49 27.2% 26.6% 21 183 233 2 67% 0 0/0
M.Mularkey MIN 39 42 21.4% 23.5% 18 196 200 1 72% 0 1/8
D.Johnson MIA 31 27 12.0% 9.4% 23 192 204 3 57% 0 0/0
M.L.Harris CIN 19 25 12.0% 17.2% 15 123 127 1 67% 0 0/0
A.Matthews ATL 10 5 6.6% -0.4% 11 57 83 1 64% 0 0/0
Dave.Little PHI 9 9 5.9% 5.6% 10 82 78 0 70% 0 0/0
D.Ross 2TM -1 -6 -7.8% -10.8% 23 135 130 2 70% 1 0/0
E.West GB -8 -7 -14.5% -14.3% 14 95 71 1 57% 1 0/0
P.Gothard PIT -8 -10 -15.9% -17.9% 14 83 59 0 43% 0 0/0
G.LaFleur STLC -12 -3 -19.1% -10.2% 17 119 61 0 53% 0 0/0
J.Hayes KC -18 -22 -29.8% -35.1% 11 39 28 1 45% 0 0/0
T.Sherwin IND -27 -34 -46.9% -56.5% 11 64 -2 0 45% 1 0/0
W.Scott KC -29 -32 -40.5% -44.8% 13 61 10 0 38% 0 0/0
J.Frank SF -47 -47 -48.4% -48.8% 16 50 -6 1 44% 0 0/0
H.Holt CLE1 -48 -44 -44.1% -40.6% 20 95 5 1 50% 1 1/12
Cl.Benson ATL -62 -69 -61.7% -67.6% 18 37 -39 0 56% 0 0/0
Ea.Cooper SF -63 -64 -68.3% -69.0% 15 45 -51 0 27% 0 0/0
B.Cunningham PIT -63 -64 -54.3% -54.6% 17 61 -25 0 35% 0 0/0
Mi.Barber 2TM -64 -65 -70.3% -71.8% 13 37 -54 0 15% 0 1/6

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