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
Travis Kelce
97
KC 1 1 3 2 1 2 1 2 2 1 2 3 2 22 1.7 14 63.6% 9
Cameron Brate
80
TB 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 11 0.8 8 72.7% 6
Demetrius Harris
72
KC 2 1 1 2 4 0.3 3 75% 3
Anthony Firkser
68
TEN 2 1 1 1 3 0.4 3 100% 1
Austin Hooper
81
ATL 1 2 1 1 2 4 1 1 12 0.9 9 75% 4
Adam Shaheen
78
CHI 2 1 1 2 1 1 50% 1
Ben Braunecker
61
CHI 4 1 1 2 0.2 0 0% 0
Dalton Schultz
68
DAL 2 1 1 2 0.2 1 50% 0
Eric Ebron
83
IND 1 1 1 4 2 4 2 1 1 2 1 1 20 1.5 11 55% 10
George Kittle
76
SF 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 12 0.9 8 66.7% 2
Jason Croom
64
BUF 3 1 1 2 0.2 1 50% 0
Jonnu Smith
75
TEN 1 2 1 1 5 0.4 3 60% 2
Jordan Thomas
69
HOU 1 1 3 1 1 1 7 0.5 6 85.7% 4
Lee Smith
76
OAK 2 1 1 1 3 0.2 3 100% 2
Levine Toilolo
69
DET 2 1 1 0.1 0 0% 0
Nick Boyle
77
BAL 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 7 0.5 2 28.6% 0
Scott Simonson
65
NYG 3 1 1 3 0.2 0 0% 0
Trey Burton
83
CHI 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 11 0.8 8 72.7% 4
Zach Ertz
92
PHI 1 1 2 2 2 1 3 2 1 3 1 1 1 20 1.5 12 60% 6
Antony Auclair
60
TB 2 0 0 0 0% 0
AJ Derby
79
MIA 5 1 1 2 0.5 1 50% 1
Alex Ellis
65
KC 4 0 0 0 0% 0
Antonio Gates
79
LAC 1 1 2 1 1 3 8 0.6 2 25% 2
Austin Seferian-Jenkins
79
JAX 5 1 1 2 0.4 1 50% 1
Blake Bell
63
JAX 2 0 0 0 0% 0
Blake Jarwin
68
DAL 1 1 1 0.1 0 0% 0
Ben Koyack
75
JAX 3 0 0 0 0% 0
Brian Parker
66
DEN 2 1 1 0.1 0 0% 0
Benjamin Watson
79
NO 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 8 0.6 5 62.5% 2
Charles Clay
82
BUF 1 1 2 3 0.3 1 33.3% 0
Chris Herndon IV
66
NYJ 1 1 2 1 4 0.4 4 100% 2
Chris Manhertz
61
CAR 2 1 1 0.1 0 0% 0
CJ Uzomah
76
CIN 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 0.3 3 75% 2
Cole Wick
67
SF 4 1 1 0.2 0 0% 0
Dwayne Allen
80
NE 3 0 0 0 0% 0
Dan Arnold
65
NO 5 1 1 0.1 0 0% 0
Derek Carrier
71
OAK 3 1 1 2 0.2 1 50% 1
Darrell Daniels
60
ARI 5 0 0 0 0% 0
Darren Fells
76
CLE 3 1 1 0.1 1 100% 1
Dallas Goedert
78
PHI 2 1 1 1 2 1 6 0.5 4 66.7% 3
David Grinnage
65
JAX 6 2 2 0.7 0 0% 0
David Morgan
72
MIN 2 1 1 0.1 1 100% 0
David Njoku
82
CLE 1 2 1 1 4 0.3 3 75% 3
Dion Sims
79
CHI 3 0 0 0 0% 0
Durham Smythe
69
MIA 3 0 0 0 0% 0
Delanie Walker
91
TEN 5 1 1 1 0 0% 0
Deon Yelder
67
KC 6 0 0 0 0% 0
Ed Dickson
75
SEA 2 1 1 1 3 0.5 2 66.7% 2
Evan Engram
86
NYG 1 1 1 1 5 0.6 3 60% 2
Eric Saubert
68
ATL 2 1 1 0.1 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.