Green caught his lone target, a 44-yard gainer, in Monday's win over the Chargers. The Broncos were on the ropes after a series of turnovers late in the fourth quarter before Virgil Green helped take the Broncos into the red zone with a huge 44-yard gain up the seam. Green has always been more of a blocker than receiver, but Mike McCoy likes to get the tight ends involved in the passing game. Expect Green to get a look or two downfield each game.
Green caught two of three targets for 30 yards in Saturday's preseason game against Green Bay. Both receptions occurred during the second quarter while starting quarterback Trevor Siemian was in the game. Green also got three targets in the previous exhibition, but he only caught one for three yards. The quiet preseason shouldn't impact his role, as Jeff Heuerman doesn't seem to have made a strong push for the starting gig. Green only had 22 catches and 37 targets last season, despite getting the start in 11 of his 12 appearances. The Denver passing game will still depend heavily upon Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
Green will be pushed by 2017 fifth-round pick Jake Butt, Cameron Wolfe of The Denver Post reports. When Green signed a three-year extension two seasons ago, the idea was that he'd move on from his blocking role and become the kind of receiver that he was in college to help replace Julius Thomas. Just 34 catches and two touchdowns later, that doesn't seem to be panning out. Green now enters a contract year as the elder statesman surrounded by young, toolsy players including A.J. Derby, Jeff Heuerman and Butt. No one in the bunch has emerged as surefire competition for Green's starting job in 2017, but the numbers are slowly moving away from Green's favor.
Green (concussion) does not carry a Week 17 injury designation after practicing fully Friday. With A.J. Derby ruled out this week, Jeff Heuerman and Green are in line to head the team's TE corps Sunday, though neither are high-percentage fantasy play in Week 17.
Green (concussion) was limited at practice again Thursday. Meanwhile, fellow tight end A.J. Derby remained sidelined Thursday due to his concussion. In the absence of any setbacks, Green should be a go Sunday against the Raiders, with coach Gary Kubiak noting Wednesday that the tight end has an excellent chance to play, Cameron Wolfe of the Denver Post reports.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|6||10/16||New York Giants||27||11.00|
|7||10/22||@Los Angeles Chargers||15||6.00|
|8||10/31||@Kansas City Chiefs||19||7.00|
|10||11/13||New England Patriots||28||12.00|
|14||12/10||New York Jets||22||8.00|
|17||12/31||Kansas City Chiefs||19||7.00|
|3 Year Avg||19||13||161||1||9||12.38||22|