The Denver Broncos have a laundry list of needs this off season, but wide receiver/tight end isn’t really one of them. The team is banking on those young guys to step up every game as they’ve shown that they are capable of in certain moments.
Last season saw way too many dropped balls and schemes that didn’t utilize the tight ends in the passing game. In fact, the Broncos’ tight ends had just 30 receptions combined all season.
Zeroing in on the tight ends, the Broncos have Julius Thomas, Virgil Green, and Cornelius Ingram on their roster. Daniel Fells and Dante Rosario are free agents.
In my eyes, there’s a gaping hole here. That’s alarming because of how much certain playoff teams utilized their tight ends in their offense to advance.
Thomas played in 5 games his rookie year, but had just one reception. Green played in 15 games and had 3 receptions, but he is suspended for the first four games this season due to violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Ingram has yet to play in a regular season game after being drafted in 2009.
That’s why the name Jeremy Shockey is appealing to me. Shockey has been in the league since 2002 and he’s still a good starting tight end. His best years came with the New York Giants, but he grew unhappy with the team. He was traded to New Orleans, so John Fox saw a lot of him and knows how he is most effective. He played for the Panthers last season and had 37 receptions for 455 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Shockey has said that he wants to sign with the Giants again, but the team signed Martellus Bennett on Wednesday.
Shockey brings a level of toughness and intimidation to the field that not many others can bring. This is a guy the Broncos should look at and seriously consider for a more well-rounded offense.