The Chargers offense took a major hit when Hunter Henry suffered an ACL injury during OTAs. So who's next in line? The team inked Green on the first day of free agency to a three-year deal to provide that type of veteran stability in addition to his talents on the field. A 6-foot-5, 255-pounder primarily known for his blocking prowess, the 29-year old hauled in 71 passes for 807 yards and four touchdowns in 100 career games for the Denver Broncos. He started all 16 games a year ago in Denver, catching 14 passes for 191 yards and one TD.
His most productive season came in 2016, when he set career-highs in receptions (22) and yards (237). “(Virgil) is a good player,” said offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. “One thing that he does bring, and you can see it, is he’s got credibility from having played. He’s been a good player. He’s made plays against these guys, and they know it. So that brings a lot to the table.”
Green has never been asked to play a significant role as a receiver.
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There’s been chatter about a possible Antonio Gates return, but nothing has materialized to this point and Green’s successful acclimation into the lineup will be important whether the veteran comes back for another year or not. All that said, it seems likely the Chargers will rely heavily on Green as a receiver. Fantasy managers should take a wait-and-see approach here.