Joel Dreessen may be a Colorado native, but he spent five seasons with the Houston Texans under former Broncos assistant coach and current Texans head coach, Gary Kubiak.
To say that Dreessen was loved in Houston is an understatement.
“They got my favorite player that was on my team last year,” running back Arian Foster said. “That was my guy. That was my ace. He’s a hard-working cat. He’s going to do whatever it takes to get the job done. He’s just a dedicated loyal player, and just a good human being.”
Through two games for the Broncos, Dreessen has just 3 catches for 22 yards, but he was a big target for Peyton Manning in preseason.
Dreessen’s best year in the NFL came in 2010 when he had 36 receptions for 518 and 4 touchdowns. Houston saw so much potential in the 6’4″, 245-pound tight end that Kubiak wanted him to stick around.
“I thought the world of Joel,” Kubiak said. “We thought we were in it till the end, but my buddy (John) Elway came in. He never told me how he pulled it off. We actually lost about 7 or 8 really good football players on our team this past off season. That’s part of the business.”
Kubiak continued praising Dreessen.
“He’s a heck of a guy. I can tell you that. You put a team together, you want a group of guys that give you everything you have, and I know one thing. Joel will give the Broncos everything he has. I promise you that.”
Based on Dreessen’s performance in camp and in preseason, that’s likely a promise that won’t be broken.