Denver Broncos: Grading the 2019 tight end position

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Broncos Troy Fumagalli
DENVER, CO – AUGUST 29: Tight end Troy Fumagalli #84 of the Denver Broncos is tackled after a catch by safety Deionte Thompson #35 and defensive back Nate Brooks #41 of the Arizona Cardinals during the second quarter of a preseason game at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on August 29, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /

Troy Fumagalli

2019 Stats: 6 rec, 9 targets, 38 yards, 2.7 YAC, 1 TD

2019 Grade: C-

My grade of Troy Fumagalli may feel harsh, mainly due to the fact that we have seen so little of him. However, it would also not be fair to give him a higher grade for the same reason. We really do not even have enough of a sample size to form a hypothesis on what kind of player Fumagalli will be going into 2020.

However, I feel there should be optimism about this young man. Although just recording 38 yards in 11 games, he was given so few opportunities, being given just 9 targets the entire regular season.

What stand out about Fumagalli to me are the flashes of brilliance we saw when he was given opportunity. Fumagalli, with his 6’6″ and 248-pound frame, is very hard to tackle and is a physical mismatch for many defensive backs.

Drafted in the 5th round of the 2018 NFL Draft, Fumagalli is still very young, and there appears to be a lot of potential in him awaiting to be unlocked. Based on how he performs in training camp, we may see him emerge as candidate to battle with Jeff Heuerman or Jake Butt for the #2 spot on the depth chart.

Overall, it would feel unfair to grade Fumagalli any lower or higher due to such a small sample size.