Hunter Henry sustained a torn ACL in practice last month, leaving Virgil Green as the only tight end on the roster that has caught a pass in an NFL game and drastically changing his role for the upcoming season. Green, who signed with the Chargers as a free agent in March after playing seven seasons for the Denver Broncos, had been expected to serve mainly as a blocking complement to Henry.
Instead, Green might finally get his chance to be used more in the passing game, especially in the red zone. It was how Green was expected to be featured coming out of college at Nevada, but he never caught more than 22 passes in a season, with 48 of his 71 career receptions coming in the past three seasons.
The story added the Bolts are expected to use more three-WR sets, and we had a story recently about RB Melvin Gordon possibly getting more involved in the passing game. It's certainly no lock Green sees the kind of workload Henry was supposed to see.