Uptight: How TE’s can help the Broncos offense

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Player: Richard Gordon                                                   

Aug 15, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Richard Gordon (89) against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason NFL football game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Experience: 5th year (1st with the Broncos)

Career stats:  4 receptions, 14 yards, 1 TD

How he fits into the offense: Because of the circumstances surrounding the offense, the newest member of the Denver Broncos has a chance to immerse himself into the offensive rotation sooner than later.  With only 4 career receptions, I don’t know if I see him being used in the passing game very often.  To me, his greatest asset is his blocking ability. With his 6’5, 265 lb frame, he may be able to work his way into two tight end sets to help the running game. With only 14 career receptions between college and the NFL, it’s clear that Gordon’s role with this team is to serve as a strong blocker.

Aside from TE, Gordon has spent time in his playing career at fullback, defensive line and being a consistent player on special teams. With the recent release of James Casey and flexibility of Virgil Green’s skill set, Gordon could be given an opportunity to play fullback and lead the way for an improved running game.  Regardless of the coaches’ intentions, I think he was brought in to be an immediate contributor whether it’s on offense or special teams.  He doesn’t have much  to show off on the stat sheet, but he has the opportunity to create a role in this offense going forward.

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