Cardinals’ Trey McBride Identified as One of the Most Underrated Tight Ends in the NFL

Cardinals Trey McBride Among Most Undervalued Tight Ends in NFL
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Trey McBride, the tight end for the Arizona Cardinals, had an impressive sophomore season in 2023-24 with 81 receptions for 825 yards and three touchdowns. This second-round pick from Colorado State showed no signs of a slump.

During his sophomore year as a rookie, the 24-year-old from Colorado impressed, accounting for $1,431,741 of the Cardinals’ salary cap. This translated to an average of $1,548 per yard this season, placing him third among NFL tight ends in terms of dollars per yard. The top two positions were taken by Jake Ferguson of Dallas ($1,375 per yard) and Tanner Hudson of Cincinnati ($1,484 per yard).

Yengols.com utilized ProFootballReference.com to examine the cap hit and receiving yards of every NFL tight end in the 2023-24 season in order to determine McBride’s ranking among the league’s players. Through the calculation of dollars per point share for each player, we were able to pinpoint the top 10 most cost-effective TEs of the season, taking into account salary and yards accumulated across all teams the player was a part of during the season.

Although Arizona sportsbooks provide odds on tight end receiving yards in the Super Bowl, monitoring the blocking abilities of tight ends proves to be a more difficult endeavor. Consequently, this chart does not contain information on blocking.

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Top NFL Tight Ends for the 2023-24 Season in Terms of Value

Rank, Player, Team Cap Hit (2023-24) Receiving Yards (2023-24) $ Per Yard
1. Jake Ferguson, DAL $1,046,221 761 $1,375
2. Tanner Hudson, CIN $522,220 352 $1,484
3. Trey McBride, ARI $1,431,741 925 $1,548
4. Chig Okonkwo, TEN $996,085 528 $1,887
5. Sam LaPorta, DET $1,721,089 889 $1,936
6. Isaiah Likely, BAL $996,085 411 $2,424
7. Cade Otton, TB $1,108,486 455 $2,436
8. Tucker Kraft, GB $1,006,897 355 $2,836
9. Kylen Granson, IND $1,116,592 368 $3,034
10. Noah Gray, KC $1,018,444 305 $3,339

Arizona sportsbook apps are showing that San Francisco is the favorite in the Super Bowl with a 1.5 point spread and a -125 moneyline. The Chiefs have a +105 moneyline, and the over/under for the game is set at 47.5.

McBride’s Play Offers a Reason to be Hopeful

McBride was third in the league with an average of $1,548 per receiving yard, outperforming Tennessee’s Chig Okonkwo ($1,887 per yard) and Detroit’s Sam LaPorta ($1,936 per yard). He also led the group in total yardage with 925 yards, surpassing LaPorta with 889 yards and Ferguson with 761 yards for Dallas.

In just under two weeks, Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs and George Kittle of the San Francisco 49ers, two standout tight ends in the league, will go head-to-head at Super Bowl 58 in Las Vegas. Kelce has been an impressive performer in the playoffs, ranking as the second-highest receiver with 23 catches (out of 27 targets) for 262 yards (averaging 11.4 yards per catch) and three touchdowns. On the other hand, Kittle has only been targeted 10 times, resulting in six receptions for 108 yards (averaging 18.0 yards per catch) and one touchdown.

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Peterson Christopher

Peterson Christopher has over seven years of experience covering sports and sports betting in Arizona, with previous roles at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly, and the Green Valley News. He now holds the position of lead writer at yengols.com.

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