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2012 Broncos Season Review: Tight Ends

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The 2012 season is over for the Broncos and many have begun turning to free agency and draft talk but before that happened I wanted to review the Broncos position by position. This is purely looking back on the production of each player in 2012, this is not a discussion about what players I think should stay or go. Instead I want to present the data on the 2012 season before we start making decisions about what should change.

Here's the positions we've already review:

- Quarterbacks
- Running backs
- Wide receivers

Today we'll be reviewing the tight ends.

Basic Info

So in this table we'll be looking at a few topics
- Name of the player
- Their current age
- Games they saw at least one snap
- Snaps played during the 2012 season
- Years left on their contract

*This is a sortable table*

Name
Age Snaps
Games
Contract Years Left
Dreessen, Joel 30 947 16 2
Green, Virgil 24 183 12 2
Tamme, Jacob 27 566 16 2
Thomas, Julius 24 2 1 2
Team Totals
26 1698
2


Receiving Production

So in this table we'll be looking at a few topics
- Name of the player
- Number of times the player was targeted
- Receptions
- Catch percentage, receptions divided by targets
- Receiving yards
- Yards per target
- Drops
- Drop percentage, drops divided by targets
- Tight end rating, the quarterbacks passer rating when targeting the tight end

*This is a sortable table*

Name
Tar Rec Catch% RecYds Y/T TD Drops Drop %
TE Rating
Dreessen, Joel 57 41 71.9% 356 6.3 5 3 5.3% 117.3
Green, Virgil 6 5 83.3% 63 10.5 0 0 0.0% 110.4
Tamme, Jacob 80 52 65.0% 555 6.9 2 1 1.3% 83.1
Thomas, Julius 0 0 0.0% 0 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Totals
143 98 68.5% 974 6.8 7 4 2.8 103.9

Pass Blocking Production

Here's what's in this table
- Name of the player
- Snaps spent as a pass blocker
- Sacks given up
- Hits given up
- Hurries given up
- Total pressures
- Pure pass rushing productivity, total pressure given up divided by snaps in pass defense turned in a percentage
- Weighted Pass Rushing Productivity, gives more weight to sacks, created by Pro Football Focus

*This is a sortable table*

Name
Snaps Sacks
Hits
Hurries
Total Pressures
Pure PRP
Weighted PRP
Dreessen, Joel 132 0 0 1 1 99.9 99.4
Green, Virgil 22 1 0 1 2 90.9 91.7
Tamme, Jacob 46 0 0 0 0 100.0 100.0
Thomas, Julius 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team Totals
200 1 0 2 3 98.1 98.5

Notes

- I excluded fumbles from the tables because the TE's all did such a fantastic job and had zero fumbles

- Dreessen, despite his three drops, was still the most reliable tight end in terms of receiving, though he had fewer total targets than Tamme. He was also a beast in the red zone and on 3rd down

- Green saw his role rise as the season went on and while he only had 6 receptions, his number of snaps were on the increase