Uptight: How TE’s can help the Broncos offense

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Player: Virgil Green                                                                                                      

Sep 27, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Denver Broncos tight end Virgil Green (85) runs for a touchdown as Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay (23) chases him during the third quarter at Ford Field. Broncos win 24-12. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Experience: 5th year (all with Broncos)

Career stats: 26 receptions, 244 yards, 2 TD’s

How he fits into the offense: Fresh off of a new 3 year contract extension from the Broncos, Green was expected to finally become the “4 down” TE that many had hoped he could become when he came out of the draft in 2011.  Originally considered more of a passing threat out of Nevada, Green found a niche with the Broncos as a great blocking tight end.  Even though he only caught few passes and one touchdown in his first four years in the NFL, his re-signing signaled a new opportunity for Green.

Kubiak, an advocate of strong, well rounded tight ends, appeared to have an offense that would be a natural fit for Green.  He would be able to start in the base offense as a blocker, but he’d also get more opportunities in the passing game.  Up to this point in the season, Green has only had 3 catches for 38 yards and one TD.  Those aren’t exactly stellar receiving numbers, despite the ineptitude on offense.  So how do we get Green more involved? I think his versatility could help him carve out a strong role on offense.  Aside from his great blocking ability, his size and athleticism give him the opportunity to be the “swiss army knife” of our offensive skill players.  He can line up at TE, FB, slot receiver and he even tailback ( He has two career carries).

To me, Green is one of those players that should rarely leave the field when the offense is playing.  His skill set and sheer versatility make him a possible weapon throughout the lineup.  I expect them to get creative with Green, as a player of his caliber should be given every chance to make plays.

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