Grading the Denver Broncos Free-Agency Moves so Far – Bleacher Report
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Arguably the most important free agent for Denver to keep not named Demaryius Thomas, the Broncos were able to secure the services of tight end Virgil Green with a three-year contract.
General manager John Elway was thrilled to get this deal done.
“Virgil has been a big part of our team the last four years and will continue to be in the future,” Elway said. “He’s been a reliable, solid contributor since the day he was drafted. We’re very excited Virgil is returning to the Broncos.”
A seventh-round pick by the Broncos in the 2011 NFL draft, Green has worked hard to become a well-rounded player. Coming out of the University of Nevada, Green was mostly known as a favorite target of his college quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. Green showed the ability on film to find the soft spots in a zone, and his size at 6’5”, 255 pounds makes him a big target on underneath routes.
In four years, Green hasn’t done much as a receiver. In fact, with only 24 career receptions, Green caught the first touchdown of his pro career in 2014.
According to Green, the Broncos have not discussed an expanded role as a pass-catcher with him.
“They didn’t really have to talk to me too much about that because, like I said, I did go and try to learn more about what Kubiak’s offense is all about and you see tight ends have flourished throughout the last few years in his offense. So they didn’t have to do too much talking.”
Green continued, “I understand how I’m going to earn my keep on this team, and at the end of the day for me, it’s just tough, hard-nosed football. I know those other things will come to me, but at the end of the day I’m all about tough, hard-nosed football.”
Green has only shown the tip of the iceberg in terms of what he can do. He’s a seriously underrated receiver who will fit in nicely in the Gary Kubiak system. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Green catch 40 passes in this tight end-heavy offense.
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