Evan Engram over Robert Tonyan is a baffling Pro Bowl blunder
Imagine two hypothetical bottlenecks playing on teams at the National Football Conference.
The # 1 narrow end has 54 catches, 572 receiving yards, one touchdown and eight drops. When it comes to quarterbacks, the # 1 tight end got a passerby rating of 56.1. He catches 56.8 percent of the targets and averages 6.0 meters per target. According to DVOA, Tight End No. 1 ranks 40th out of 43 qualified players in this position.
Narrow end # 2 has 49 catches, 551 yards, 10 touchdowns and zero drops. When it comes to quarterbacks, the # 2 tight end got a passerby rating of 148.0. He catches 89.1 percent of the targets and averages 10.0 meters per target. According to DVOA, the narrow end No. 2 occupies 1st place among 43 qualified players in this position.
Pro Bowl voters chose the # 1 narrow end to represent the NFC over the No. 2 narrow end.
Of course, the first player is Evan Engram of New York Giants while the second player is Robert Tonyan of Green Bay Packers.
Engram will be the Pro Bowler while Tonyan is one of the biggest Pro Bowl snubs.
Here is the comparison in graph form above:
Yards / goal
Passers-by rating, if targeted
DVOA rank (out of 43)
Run yards each way
Tonyan is the first among recipients and has a tight catch percentage. He is linked to Travis Kelce for the NFL lead on touchdown catches and he was only the third close end in franchise history to hit 10 touchdowns along with Paul Coffman (1982) and Keith Jackson (1996). After receiving a touchdown pass against the Panthers on Saturday, Tonyan now has at least one score in five consecutive games. He and Kelce are the only tight ends with an average of at least 10.0 meters per target. Overall, Aaron Rodgers has more touchdown passes when aiming Tonyan than there are incompleteness. With 10 touchdown catches and an average per target of 10.0 meters, Tonyan is well on the way to becoming only the fourth close end in history to hit both brands in a single season.
One of the most inefficient and inconsistent bottlenecks in football, Engram has lost more passes (eight) than Rodger's incompleteness against Tonyan.
The Pro Bowl often makes little sense. This is still one of the most confusing voting decisions in the recent past. Robert Tonyan is a better ending than Evan Engram in almost every way, as the numbers clearly show.
Highlighting the 3 biggest Pro Bowl snubs from Packers
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