Broncos TE Jake Butt tore his left ACL during Thursday's walkthrough, according to insider Mike Klis. He'll miss the rest of the season. This is Butt's 3rd ACL tear, although the first 2 were to his right knee. His absence leaves Jeff Heuerman as Denver's top TE. He remains off the fantasy radar.
The Denver Post's Kyle Fredrickson considers Jake Butt the Broncos' "likely starter" at TE. Last year's 5th-rounder missed his entire rookie season with a torn ACL but is back to 100% now. He won the 2016 Mackey Award as the nation's top TE after posting a 46-546-4 line. Butt's biggest competition will come from Jeff Heuerman, who has just 18 career catches. There isn't a whole lot of upside here with WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders hogging targets in Denver. But ... Butt is at least worth a look at the end of TE-premium drafts like the FFPC.
Broncos TEs A.J. Derby and Virgil Green will both miss Sunday’s game against the Chiefs with concussions. Jeff Heuerman will operate as Denver’s lead TE but isn’t a fantasy option.
Broncos TEs A.J. Derby and Virgil Green both sustained concussions in Sunday's loss to the Patriots. Jeff Heuerman will operate as Denver's lead TE this coming weekend if neither guy is cleared. But none of these guys will be a Week 16 fantasy option vs. Kansas City's tough TE defense.
Broncos TE Virgil Green (calf) is inactive for today’s game against the Falcons. Jeff Heuerman and John Phillips will handle TE duties for Denver, but neither can be trusted in fantasy lineups.
Broncos TE Jeff Heuerman is sidelined with a hamstring injury and is "unlikely" to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, according to the Denver Post's Cameron Wolfe. Heuerman missed all of 2015 with a torn ACL and has been dealing with hamstring trouble all offseason. HC Gary Kubiak said he's still "a few days" from getting back on the field. Meanwhile, Virgil Green continues to look more and more locked in as Denver's starting TE. He's a recommended late-round target.
Andrew Mason of the Broncos' official website considers Virgil Green the "most likely" candidate to lead the team's TEs in receiving. His competition comes in the form of Jeff Heuerman and Garrett Graham. Green is certainly the best blocker of the group and is a high-end athlete. He'd present the most fantasy appeal of the group. And whoever does emerge as the lead guy will have some upside as potentially the #3 target in Gary Kubiak's TE-friendly offense.
Broncos HC Gary Kubiak revealed Thursday that TE Virgil Green had offseason finger surgery that will keep him out for part of OTAs. When he returns to the field, Green faces a battle with former Texan Garrett Graham and 2015 third-round pick Jeff Heuerman for targets. Kubiak has been kind to TEs historically but will go without retired Owen Daniels for the 1st time since he drafted Daniels in Houston back in 2006. Green's an impressive athlete on his 2nd Denver contract but has caught just 35 passes through 5 pro seasons. We'll see where the TE battle goes, but we're not worried about Green's finger at this point.
The Broncos have signed TE Garrett Graham to a 1-year deal. He's reuniting with HC Gary Kubiak, who was with Graham in Houston from 2010-2013. After catching just 1 ball across those first 2 seasons, Graham posted lines of 28-263-3 and 49-545-5 in the next 2. He's totaled just 22 receptions over the last 2 seasons, though, and turns 30 in August. There's playing time up for grabs in Denver, but we'd bet on both Jeff Heuerman and Virgil Green over Graham.
The Broncos have high expectations for TE Jeff Heuerman, who missed his entire 2015 rookie season with a torn ACL. "We're counting on (Heuerman) big time," HC Gary Kubiak said. "We feel like Jeff can be a total tight end. He's not just a receiver. We think he has the ability to do both (catch and block). He's a very confident young man and he comes from a winning program. It's a big offseason for him and he's worked really hard." GM John Elway added, "We expect (Heuerman) to step in and be a force." With Owen Daniels and Vernon Davis gone, Denver's TE depth chart is wide open. The team has never seemed to view Virgil Green as a major pass-catching option, so Heuerman looks like the favorite for that role. He's worth monitoring this summer as a potential late-round flier in fantasy drafts.
The Broncos have released TE Owen Daniels, saving $4 million against the 2016 cap. The 33-year-old posted a mediocre 46-517-3 line this past season -- the 4th straight year he's been under 11.6 yards per catch. Daniels has never played outside of Broncos HC Gary Kubiak's offense and might decide to retire. The move leaves Denver with Virgil Green and Jeff Heuerman atop the TE depth chart.
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.
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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