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Broncos TE Virgil Green hauled in 5 balls for 45 yards and a score in Friday night's preseason opener against the Seahawks.  It was an encouraging showing for a guy who's spent most of his first 4 seasons blocking.  All of Green's grabs came with the 2nd-team offense, which confirms that he's still behind TE Owen Daniels on the depth chart.  But a couple more performances like we saw against Seattle could earn Green a significant early-season role.  He's an elite athlete who's worth monitoring over the next few weeks.

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3 months ago

Broncos TE Jeff Heuerman tore his left ACL in practice Saturday and is expected to miss the 2015 season, according to the team website. It's not a huge loss for Denver, which still sports Owen Daniels and Virgil Green atop the depth chart. The injury should leave more snaps, however, for the other two. Daniels is the safer pick because of his veteran status and history with HC Gary Kubiak, but Green is the upside play and the better draft value at an ADP likely to stay in the late rounds. Pick Green up now as your 3rd TE in MFL10 drafts.

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4 months ago

The Broncos selected TE Jeff Heuerman in the 3rd round.  He didn't put up noteworthy numbers at Ohio St., but scouts believe he can develop into a more productive pass-catcher at the next level.  Heuerman is a 6'5, 254-pounder who can stretch the seam and high point the football.  Denver is an intriguing landing spot with HC Gary Kubiak, who loves getting his TEs involved in the passing game.  Of course, the Broncos already have Owen Daniels and Virgil Green.

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4 months ago

The Broncos have signed TE James Casey.  He's familiar with HC Gary Kubiak's offense after spending 4 years with him in Houston.  But Casey's best season there was a 34-330-3 line in 2012.  And he figures to slide in as the #3 TE in Denver behind Owen Daniels and Virgil Green.

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The Broncos believe TE Owen Daniels will make a "significant impact" in 2015, according to insider Jeff Legwold.  Daniels inked a 3-year, $12 million deal with Denver this offseason.  It'll be his 10th consecutive season playing under HC Gary Kubiak, so he's obviously familiar with the offense.  Daniels will turn 33 this coming November but still posted a decent 48-527-4 line last year.  He looks like the current favorite to operate as the Broncos' primary pass-catching TE in 2015, although Legwold does say that the team is looking for TE Virgil Green to do "more in the passing game."  We'll be keeping a close eye on Denver's TEs this summer because there's lots of fantasy production to be had.

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5 months ago

TE Owen Daniels is following HC Gary Kubiak to Denver.  Daniels has spent his entire career with Kubiak, most recently posting a 48-524-4 line in Baltimore.  The 32-year-old is certainly past his prime, but his familiarity with the offense -- plus the Peyton Manning Boost -- could make him a lower-end TE1 in 2015.  Denver also re-signed TE Virgil Green, who will likely stay in a blocking role behind Daniels.

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1 year ago

Broncos TE Julius Thomas (knee) is inactive for tonight's game against the Patriots.  He'll target a return for next week's rematch against the Chiefs.  TEs Joel Dreessen, Jacob Tamme and Virgil Green all figure to see increased action tonight.  Dreessen is the best fantasy bet, but he's just an emergency option for owners with an open spot in their starting lineup still.

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Denver's top 2 TEs are both sidelined with injuries.  Joel Dreessen is expected to miss at least a couple weeks with knee problems.  Jacob Tamme is dealing with a bum quad.  That's allowed TEs Julius Thomas and Virgil Green to see 1st-team action.  Both guys were drafted back in 2011 but have combined for just 9 catches.  Thomas, a 4th-round pick, is the more athletic of the 2.  He's been working as the "move" TE in camp.  Green, a 7th-rounder, has been playing as a more traditional in-line TE.  Thomas would appear to have the most upside, but we'll continue to keep an eye on the pecking order over the next month.  The 2 youngsters are much better dynasty options than redraft, though.  There won't be many targets to go around this year in Denver's loaded pass-catching corps.

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The league announced Friday that it will suspend 3 Broncos to start the season. OLB D.J. Williams and DL Ryan McBean have been docked 6 games, while TE Virgil Green will lose 4. All reportedly fall under the league substance-abuse policy. Williams and McBean reportedly plan to file a federal lawsuit, saying their samples were tampered with. In a statement, Williams called the penalty unjust and said a hearing on the tests resulted in the league firing the sample collector. Should the suspensions hold up, it'll be the 2nd straight season Williams opens on suspension. Missing more than oen-third of the season would make him basically undraftable in IDP leagues. McBean and Green have yet to make themselves fantasy-worthy.

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Broncos rookie TE Julius Thomas led the team with 4 catches for 70 yards in Saturday night's preseason game against the Seahawks.  The former basketball player has the size (6'5, 255 pounds) and athleticism to make some noise.  But it's a crowded TE picture in Denver, with Daniel Fells, Donte Rosario, and Virgil Green also in the picture.  We're keeping Thomas on our radar, but he's only an option in keeper and dynasty leagues at this point.

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4 years ago

The Broncos selected TEs Julius Thomas and Virgil Green in rounds 5 and 7 respectively. These are a couple guys to get excited about. Both are freakish athletes with basketball backgrounds. And both will have a chance to showcase their talent in the NFL. Denver doesn’t have any viable options at the position, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see one of the two starting come Week 1.

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