The Denver Broncos are getting three players back from injured reserve at the tight end position. We look at all of the TEs on the roster for 2019.
The Denver Broncos’ tight end position has desperately needed some kind of jolt since Julius Thomas left after the 2014 season.
Thomas was coming off of two Pro Bowl campaigns in which he caught a combined 24 touchdowns in 24 starts.
That kind of production was borderline other-worldly and set an unfair precedent for the tight end position, but even if the Broncos can’t find a guy who borderline averages a touchdown every game he plays (Thomas started 24 games, but played 27) they need someone capable of having a significant enough impact on the game to keep the offense from getting stagnant.
The tight end in Denver’s offense will not only need to make plays in the passing game, but they’ll also need to be strong blockers as well.
The Broncos have clearly identified their ‘type’ at the position, putting together a Mount Rushmore of the Big Ten’s best tight ends over the last five years.
Injuries have prevented those former first-team All-Big Ten selections from becoming Pro Bowl NFL players, but the talent and upside are certainly there.
As a matter of fact, this year’s group of tight ends with the Broncos might be the most versatile, talented group they have had since John Elway took over. And Noah Fant is probably the best athlete he’s ever had at the position.
Let’s take a look at each player on the Broncos’ roster at the tight end position, their contract situation, and what each guy brings to the table.