Owen Daniels failed to catch any of the five passes thrown his way Sunday against the Raiders.
Oakland had given up some monster games to opposing tight ends this season, making Daniels' donut even tougher to swallow. The Denver Broncos ' passing game has struggled this season, which has included having Daniels stay on the line to block because of offensive line issues. He doesn't have nearly the receiving upside as Julius Thomas did the past two years, and while Daniels is good for a touchdown here and there, his fantasy upside is fairly limited.
Denver Broncos tight end Owen Daniels had two catches on five targets for nine yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings .
With wideouts Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders dominating the targets, it's unlikely that Daniels becomes an upper-tier fantasy option like Julius Thomas was the past two seasons, but he has scored a touchdown in back-to-back weeks. Additionally, he'll next face off against a Oakland Raiders defense that has been badly exposed by opposing tight ends this season.
Daniels made an excellent grab from 11 yards out to give the Broncos a 12-point lead in the final three minutes. He didn't do much outside of the game-clinching touchdown, but his nine targets were tied for second best on the team, and he played 60 snaps to Virgil Green's 15, according to Pro Football Focus.
Daniels clearly isn't going to put up lofty yardage totals, but as the top tight end in Denver's offense, he could be a semi-regular visitor to the end zone.
Virgil Green caught two passes for 12 yards and a touchdown on three targets, but Daniels had a 67-28 advantage in snaps, according to Nathan Jahnke of Pro Football Focus. Neither tight end looks like an appealing option through two games, but Daniels is at least ahead of Green.
Thomas was tagged by the team, keeping him off the free agent market, and he's in the process of negotiating a long-term contract with the Broncos. He intends to work out on his own until the deal is done.
Manning spent the week throwing to Broncos pass catchers
Manning poked fun at Thomas by photoshopping him into a group picture, taken at Duke after a workout.
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