After five seasons spent mostly as a blocking option behind Julius Thomas, Owen Daniels and others, Denver Broncos tight end Virgil Green is looking to seize the opportunity to be more productive in the Broncos’ passing offense.
“I really want to, in training camp, show that I can be not just the pass guy, but just the every-down tight end guy,” Green said, via Troy Renck of the Denver Post.
Green has just 35 catches for 379 yards and two touchdowns in five seasons for Denver. However, he’s coming off his most productive campaign, catching 12 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown last year.
Thomas had consecutive seasons with 12 touchdowns for Denver before signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars last year. Daniels joined Gary Kubiak in Denver and became the primary passing target at the receiver position. Daniels caught 46 passes for 517 yards and three touchdowns in the regular season and added two more touchdowns in the AFC Championship victory over New England.
Green is the leading option to step up with Daniels still on the free agent market. Jeff Heuerman, a third-round selection last year, will also be in the mix after missing his rookie season to a torn ACL.