Sep 27, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Denver Broncos tight end Virgil Green (85) breaks a tackle from Detroit Lions middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch (55) for the touchdown during the third quarter at Ford Field. Broncos win 24-12. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
The Denver Broncos tight end situation is quite a mess from what it was last season. With Julius Thomas, the Broncos excelled whenever he was on the field. This season, it is clearly showing due to the lack of production from the tight end position.
In my honest opinion, I believe that the Broncos are going to have to utilize more tight ends in the passing game if the offense is going to succeed. In honesty, I just do not see Owen Daniels being that guy who could be the Julius Thomas of 2013-14.
One player that could be beneficial in the passing game is Virgil Green. The Broncos signed Green to a new three year deal in the hopes that they could use his blocking and pass catching abilities to replace what was lost by Thomas. However, he has not gotten a lot of chances in the passing game.
In fact, Green has only caught three passes this entire season so far for 38 yards. Despite the limited number of receptions, Green has a solid YPC of about 12.6 yards. He also recorded one touchdown in Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
I believe that the Broncos should use him more in the passing game when the second half of the season starts. He has the abilities of Thomas with the addition of the run blocking talents. So, my question is why are we not using him?
I understand Owen Daniels has the veteran presence, but what has that done for the Broncos this season? Other than the two touchdowns and his big reception against the Browns on Sunday, it just is not there. Now, I am not calling Daniels washed up at all, but perhaps the Broncos should use more two tight end sets.
I would be all for having Daniels and Green on the field at the same time. Is that not the reason the Broncos signed Green to his new extension? Even Jeff Legwold said back before training camp that having both Daniels and Green would be good for the offense.
There is buzz going around that the Broncos need to trade for a tight ends like Vernon Davis and Jared Cook. But in all honesty, what is that going to cost them? And what is the point of bringing back Richard Gordon if they were going to do that?
I have seen Green in the preseason and he looked really great. No matter what the situation is behind the lack of targets/chances with him, I just honestly believe that the Broncos could succeed with him catching the ball a couple times in the game.
No matter what the case may be, this offense needs to be fixed if this team is going to get far. In my honest opinion, I think Green could be an option to look at during the second half of the season.