Tight End (TE) Red Zone Targets

Tight ends have become a staple for passing games inside the red zone and out. Many reasons for that, but they have a size advantage over corners, and are quicker than linebackers if they are caught in coverage. Jimmy Graham isn’t making much noise outside the 20 this season, but has 17 red zone targets, which is six more than any other tight end this season. Despite having a 58% catch rate, his six touchdowns are tied with Zach Ertz. We are looking at most production from tight ends coming within the red zone due to them being fairly touchdown dependent. Catch rates are fairly important for guys that are not getting enough volume, which can be shown in the charts.

NAME RTG TEAM DEPTH Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Total Avg Rec Catch % TD
Antonio Gates
79
LAC 1 2 1 1 3 1 9 0.6 2 22.2% 2
Eric Ebron
83
IND 1 1 1 4 2 4 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 21 1.3 12 57.1% 11
George Kittle
76
SF 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 5 19 1.2 10 52.6% 2
Geoff Swaim
72
DAL 1 2 1 1 4 0.4 3 75% 1
Jared Cook
86
OAK 1 5 2 3 1 2 1 15 0.9 10 66.7% 3
Jimmy Graham
88
GB 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 2 10 0.6 4 40% 2
Jordan Leggett
73
NYJ 2 2 1 3 0.2 3 100% 1
Travis Kelce
97
KC 1 1 3 2 1 2 1 2 2 1 2 3 2 1 2 1 26 1.6 17 65.4% 9
Virgil Green
75
LAC 2 1 1 1 5 0.3 3 60% 1
Zach Ertz
92
PHI 1 1 2 2 2 1 3 2 1 3 1 1 1 3 3 1 27 1.7 16 59.3% 7
Austin Hooper
81
ATL 1 2 1 1 2 4 1 1 1 13 0.8 9 69.2% 4
Benjamin Watson
79
NO 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 8 0.5 5 62.5% 2
Cameron Brate
80
TB 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 12 0.8 8 66.7% 6
Garrett Celek
77
SF 2 1 1 2 0.1 1 50% 1
Jordan Akins
68
HOU 3 1 1 2 0.1 0 0% 0
Jeff Heuerman
72
DEN 1 2 1 1 3 4 1 13 1.2 4 30.8% 2
Logan Paulsen
71
ATL 1 1 2 0.1 2 100% 1
Maxx Williams
73
BAL 1 1 1 1 1 5 0.4 4 80% 1
Nick Boyle
77
BAL 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 7 0.4 2 28.6% 0
OJ Howard
80
TB 1 1 2 1 3 1 8 0.8 5 62.5% 4
Rhett Ellison
79
NYG 1 1 4 0.3 3 75% 1
Rico Gathers
65
DAL 4 1 1 2 0.1 0 0% 0
Rob Gronkowski
98
NE 1 1 3 2 1 8 0.6 3 37.5% 1
Trey Burton
83
CHI 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 14 0.9 11 78.6% 5
Tyler Eifert
88
CIN 1 1 1 2 0.5 1 50% 1
Antony Auclair
60
TB 3 0 0 0 0% 0
AJ Derby
79
MIA 1 1 2 0.5 1 50% 1
Alex Ellis
65
KC 0 0 0 0% 0
Anthony Firkser
68
TEN 1 1 1 1 4 0.4 4 100% 1
Austin Seferian-Jenkins
79
JAX 1 1 2 0.4 1 50% 1
Adam Shaheen
78
CHI 2 1 1 2 0.4 1 50% 1
Blake Bell
63
JAX 0 0 0 0% 0
Ben Braunecker
61
CHI 3 1 1 2 0.1 0 0% 0
Blake Jarwin
68
DAL 2 1 2 3 0.2 2 66.7% 2
Ben Koyack
75
JAX 2 0 0 0 0% 0
Brian Parker
66
DEN 1 1 0.1 0 0% 0
Charles Clay
82
BUF 2 1 2 3 0.2 1 33.3% 0
Chris Herndon IV
66
NYJ 1 1 2 1 1 2 7 0.5 6 85.7% 3
Chris Manhertz
61
CAR 3 1 1 0.1 0 0% 0
CJ Uzomah
76
CIN 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 0.4 4 66.7% 3
Clive Walford
74
NYJ 5 0 0 0 0% 0
Cole Wick
67
SF 4 1 1 0.2 0 0% 0
Dwayne Allen
80
NE 1 0 0 0 0% 0
Dan Arnold
65
NO 1 1 0.1 0 0% 0
Derek Carrier
71
OAK 1 1 1 2 0.1 1 50% 1
Darrell Daniels
60
ARI 3 0 0 0 0% 0
Donnie Ernsberger
67
TB 0 0 0 0% 0
Darren Fells
76
CLE 1 1 2 0.1 2 100% 2
Dallas Goedert
78
PHI 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 7 0.4 5 71.4% 3
David Grinnage
65
JAX 2 2 0.7 0 0% 0

Tight ends have become a staple for passing games inside the red zone and out. Many reasons for that, but they have a size advantage over corners, and are quicker than linebackers if they are caught in coverage. Jimmy Graham isn’t making much noise outside the 20 this season, but has 17 red zone targets, which is six more than any other tight end this season. Despite having a 58% catch rate, his six touchdowns are tied with Zach Ertz. We are looking at most production from tight ends coming within the red zone due to them being fairly touchdown dependent. Catch rates are fairly important for guys that are not getting enough volume, which can be shown in the charts.