Is Albert Okwuegbunam out of Denver Broncos doghouse?

Denver Broncos, Albert Okwuegbunam - Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos, Albert Okwuegbunam - Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

It’s been a rough 2022 season for Denver Broncos tight end Albert Okwuegbunam. He has been inactive for all but seven games this season and had an impact in Sunday’s Week 17 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. It appears interim head coach Jerry Rosburg has listened to Predominantly Orange. 

Okwuegbunam caught three passes for 45 yards and a touchdown, which happens to be the most of his young NFL career. He was quite explosive on Sunday.

Albert Okwuegbunam makes plays in return to the lineup

Now it appears that Okwuegbunam is out of the team’s doghouse. Well, ultimately it had to have been the doghouse owned by former head coach Nathaniel Hackett. It’s no coincidence that Albert O finally put together a solid performance. He was finally given a chance to shine.

Interim head coach Jerry Rosburg was asked about Okwuegbunam’s performance and was completely honest about the situation the tight end has been in this year.

At the end of the day, the final score did not really matter to the Denver Broncos season. They were still out of the playoffs even with a win. However, this sort of performance against a top-tier team such as the Chiefs is a good confidence booster.

The Broncos play the Chiefs very tough every time and that’s to be expected as they face each other twice every single year. It’s just a shame that it got to the point of the Broncos being so underwater that they couldn’t reach the surface of actually being a good team.

Okwuegbunam’s performance on Sunday helped him make a case to stick around with the team going into 2023. It became obvious that, while he may not have been able to do what Hackett had in mind for him, Hackett is no longer with the team so now Okwuegbnam is able to fixate on his strengths.

The Denver Broncos face the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 18, who have allowed the 10th-most receiving yards to tight ends this season with 56.4. It would be so telling if Okwuegbunam is able to put together an even better game in the final week of the season.