Broncos Training Camp: Predicting The 53-man roster

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Oct 19, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens tight end Owen Daniels (81) catches a touchdown in the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Tight End (3)

Owen Daniels, Virgil Green, Dominique Jones

Tight end is going to be huge for the Denver Broncos under Gary Kubiak. In his new offense, there will be a lot of two tight end sets. Having three tight ends on the roster might seem low, but do not forget that I have James Casey as the fullback who can play tight end. That will accumulate him being the fourth tight end.

The first two names on this list are no brainers. Owen Daniels has been a part of Gary Kubiak’s offense since he entered the league. He comes in to replace Julius Thomas, who left the team via free agency and signed a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, Owen Daniels can become that option for Peyton Manning whether he needs a few yards or needs protection.

Virgil Green signed a new deal with the Broncos during the offseason. He has had limited action during his first few years in Denver, but showed what he can do during the final game of the 2014 season, when he caught his first touchdown pass from Brock Osweiler. He will most likely be used as a blocking tight end, but he can run routes and be in the passing game in a pinch.

The final spot was a bit tricky between Dominique Jones and Marcel Jensen. Both players have not seen a lot of time on the field during their careers, and that could be the factor again this year. In fact, it would not surprise me if the winner between Jones and Jensen ended up on the practice squad instead of the active roster. The final spot would have gone to Jeff Heuerman if not for an ACL injury he suffered during offseason drills.

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