Cardinals Trey McBride Among Most Undervalued Tight Ends in NFL

Cardinals Trey McBride Among Most Undervalued Tight Ends in NFL
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There was no sign of a sophomore slump for Arizona Cardinals tight end Trey McBride in 2023-24, with the second-round pick out of Colorado State hauling in 81 passes for 825 yards and three touchdowns.

The 24-year-old Colorado native did all that on the second year of his rookie deal that cost the Cardinals $1,431,741 under the salary cap, meaning he averaged $1,548 per yard this season. That dollar-per-yard figure finished the season as the third-best among tight ends in the NFL, behind Jake Ferguson of Dallas ($1,375 per yard) and Tanner Hudson of Cincinnati ($1,484 per yard).

To determine McBride’s rank among the league’s tight ends, BetArizona.com utilized ProFootballReference.com to find the cap hit and receiving yards of every NFL tight end during the 2023-24 NFL regular season. After doing the math of the dollars per point share for each player in the league, we determined the 10 most value driven TEs from this season. Salary and yards were included for all teams the player was on during the 2023-24 season. 

Although you can find odds at Arizona sportsbooks on tight end receiving yards in the Super Bowl, the blocking skills of tight ends are a little harder to track. Because of that, blocking wasn’t represented in this chart.

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Best Value NFL Tight Ends of 2023-24 Season

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 list San Francisco as a 1.5-point favorite in the Super Bowl with a moneyline of -125. The Chiefs moneyline is +105, while the game’s over/under is 47.5.

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McBride’s Play Reason for Optimism

Leaguewide, McBride’s $1,548 per receiving yard average ranked third, ahead of Chig Okonkwo of Tennessee ($1,887 per yard) and Sam LaPorta of Detroit ($1,936 per yard). As far as overall yardage was concerned, McBride’s total of 925 yards ranked first among the group, ahead of LaPorta’s total of 889 yards and Ferguson’s 761 yards for Dallas.

Two of the best tight ends in the league battle each other in less than two weeks at Super Bowl 58 in Las Vegas with the Kansas City Chiefs’ Travis Kelce and the San Francisco 49ers George Kittle. Kelce is the second-leading receiver in the postseason with 23 catches (27 targets) for 262 yards (11.4 avg.) with three TDs, while Kittle has only been targeted 10 times with six receptions for 108 yards (18.0 avg.) with one score.

There will be plenty of Arizona sportsbook promos as we get closer to the game on Feb. 11.

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Christopher Boan is the lead writer at BetArizona.com after covering sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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