Broncos TE Virgil Green caught three passes during the Broncos’ first possession, a 10-play, 76-yard touchdown drive. He caught passes on the left side, the right side and over the middle.
Even with only one series of playing time, Green had his best game as a receiver since November. Against the Green Bay Packers in Denver last season, Green caught three passes for 61 yards. Not coincidentally, that was Peyton Manning’s best passing game of the season. He completed 21-of-29 passes for 340 yards. The Broncos won easily.
Tight ends do matter.
“I know the offense,” Green said. “I knew it last year, but after playing in the system for a full year, I understand how to get open and what to look for. It does feel a little different in that aspect. I really know what’s going on everywhere. I know what all the receivers are doing. I know what the O-line is doing. I know everything that’s going on.”
Consider Green a sleeper TE2. He has terrific athletic ability and finally has an opportunity to start in his 5th season.
Ryan Tannehill has proved he’s athletic enough to be used in the read-option offense.
But the Dolphins quarterback might not be using his legs as much in Adam Gase’s offense. Gase, who most recently coached offenses that featured Jay Cutler and Peyton Manning, said he’s not sure how much read-option Miami will run this season.
“We’ll see how it goes with that,” Gase said. “I haven’t had great success in the past because I haven’t had a ton of mobile guys. But we have some things that we can use. We’re just going to kind of take it a little bit at a time. It’s hard to run against our defense. … We’ll probably focus on things like that more in walkthroughs and things like that. There will be a time and place for it, but once again when you’re putting the quarterback out there especially in the zone-read game, you just better make sure you’re right because you don’t want him taking unnecessary shots.”
Tannehill, who played as a wide receiver at Texas A&M, has run for 901 yards on 177 rush attempts (5.1 yards per carry) over his four NFL seasons. In Gase’s offense with the Bears last season, Cutler ran for 201 yards on 38 rush attempts. One of Tannehill’s strengths as a quarterback has been his ability to throw on the run outside of the pocket. But the Dolphins’ wide-nine defense featuring defensive ends Cameron Wake and Mario Williams has made it difficult for Tannehill to escape the pocket in training camp, the story said.
The tight ends have returned to Denver — even if they never left.
“Peyton always knew where he wanted to go, based on coverage,” said Virgil Green, a sixth-year tight end who became so dispensable last season, the Broncos made him a fullback. “This a tight end-friendly offense,” Green said Thursday at Dove Valley. “This year, the quarterbacks we have, they’re expected to read coverage more and go to the open guy. I think tight ends should be a little more successful than years past.”
If that's the case, you might find some late-round gold at the position in Denver. Virgil Green is ranked just 32nd on our TE list and only getting late round attention. Garrett Graham is next up on the depth chart. While there are plenty of more proven options out there right now, this is certainly something to keep an eye on if you're looking for value, especially in deeper leagues.
The NFL has determined that Peyton Manning did not use human growth hormone or any other performance-enhancing drug banned under the league's policy.
The league announced its decision in a statement released Monday, saying it "found no credible evidence" of allegations in an Al-Jazeera America report that Manning's wife received deliveries of HGH in 2011.
Before making its final determination, the NFL interviewed Manning and his wife Ashley, who were "fully cooperative with the investigation," according to the league.
The NFL also received medical records pertinent to the case and, after reviewing them and the interviews, determined there wasn't any evidence that any violation had occurred.
The five-time NFL MVP is retiring, the Denver Broncos announced Sunday. The team will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. ET Monday for Manning to discuss his stepping away from the game after 18 seasons and two Super Bowl victories.
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The Miami Dolphins have hired Adam Gase as their next head coach.
Gase, the former offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears, becomes Miami's fourth consecutive hire with no prior head-coaching experience, joining former Dolphins coaches Joe Philbin, Tony Sparano and Cam Cameron. He is considered a "quarterback guru," a highly coveted trait for Miami. He worked with quarterback Jay Cutler this season and Peyton Manning and Tim Tebow in Denver in previous seasons.
Prior to joining the Bears, Gase ran the Broncos' offense for two years and the team finished first in scoring in 2013 and second in 2014. Chicago's offense actually fared pretty well this season with all the injuries they suffered at receiver and tight end. Jay Cutler posted the second-highest YPA (7.58) of his career and took care of the ball about as well as he ever has. The hire is an upgrade for Tannehill.
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