Now that the Denver Broncos’ first depth chart has been released, we have clearance to over-analyze what everything means. One very interesting tidbit was the fact that Jameson Konz, a former seventh round pick of the Seattle Seahawks, is opening as the #4 tight end behind Julius Thomas, Virgil Green, and Jacob Tamme.
Forget the fact that Virgil Green has bounced ahead of Tamme as the #2 tight end for a moment. Both of those players will play different roles in the Broncos’ offense than just tight end.
In fact, as a side note, both Tamme and Green split out wide (as has Julius Thomas) at the Broncos’ scrimmage. Tamme being the third string tight end is more a reflection of his versatility as a reserve TE and WR than anything else to me.
But Konz being the #4 tight end is interesting for a few different reasons. First of all, I hadn’t really heard much about him until he started getting targeted by Zac Dysert at the scrimmage. Konz was a drafnik’s favorite after his ridiculous performance at the Kent State pro day, where he ran a 4.41 second 40-yard dash at 6’4″ 234 pounds, and also posted a 46-inch vertical jump.
Athletic ability has never been a question for Konz, but his ability to adapt on the football field took too long for the Seahawks who tried him as both a tight end as well as on defense.
But apparently, he’s making the most of his shot with the Broncos. I would definitely make note of this since Konz has leap-frogged Gerell Robinson, a fan favorite and more importantly, favorite of backup quarterback Brock Osweiler. Robinson’s shot to make the Broncos increased after the team let go of Joel Dreessen, but Konz is making his case as well.
It should be noted that at the scrimmage, Robinson was the one working with the 2nd team, not Konz, and Robinson also made two very good plays including a touchdown on a shovel pass from Osweiler.
For the Robinson fans, I don’t think this is anything to really worry about, but it’s interesting for Konz at least.