Virgil Green will be a reserve tight end for the Chargers, and he's not worth drafting in most Fantasy leagues. In 2018, Green split playing time with Antonio Gates with Hunter Henry (ACL) out. Henry is back this season, so Green will likely post minimal production. His best asset is his blocking, and he has just five touchdowns over eight NFL seasons. Ignore him in all leagues on Draft Day.
Green said that he's excited to have fellow tight end Hunter Henry (knee) back in the fold for 2019, Hayley Elwood of the Chargers' official site reports. After missing the vast majority of the 2018 season while recovering from a torn ACL, Henry has re-established himself as the No. 1 tight end this offseason, pushing Green back to a No. 2 role. However, Green is a nice blocking complement to the receiving-oriented Henry, so there should be plenty of playing time for both in 2019. With Antonio Gates no longer in the fold -- and only likely to be brought back if the aforementioned tight ends succumbed to an injury -- the only remote competition Green legitimately has for backup snaps will come from another blocking specialist in Sean Culkin.
Green hauled in his lone target for a one-yard touchdown reception Sunday in the Chargers' 41-28 loss to the Patriots in the divisional round. Though Hunter Henry (knee) was cleared to make his season debut, the Chargers limited him to just 14 snaps, resulting in Green and fellow tight end Antonio Gates both maintaining fairly sizable roles in the game plan. While Green has typically seen the larger share of snaps this season, he trailed Gates by a 44-21 margin after the Chargers were forced into catch-up mode after falling behind big early. His run-blocking skills at least worked to his advantage as the Chargers reached the goal line midway through the fourth quarter, when Philip Rivers hit a wide-open Green in the end zone after the Patriots sold out against the run. It was just the second touchdown in 18 total contests for Green, who will likely see an even more muted role in the passing game in 2019 once Henry is fully healthy.
Green caught his lone target for eight yards in Sunday's 23-17 wild-card win over the Ravens. He also coughed up a critical fumble. That fumble, which came on a play in the third quarter where Green attempted to fight for a first down, directly led to the Ravens scoring their first points of the game. The play capped off what had been an ugly opening three quarters for Green, who missed at least two critical blocks in the first half which led to negative plays. The veteran tight end at least made up for it in the fourth quarter, aiding a Melvin Gordon run near the goal line which was subsequently converted into the Chargers' lone touchdown, but it's safe to say Green has had better days. Antonio Gates (four catches, 35 yards) continued his role as lead receiving tight end Sunday, a fact which should come as no surprise to fantasy owners who hoped to utilize Green this season.
Green caught both of his targets for 12 yards in the loss Saturday to the Ravens. Believe it or not, the 12 receiving yards is actually Green's best figure since Week 11, as the veteran tight end has been used almost entirely as a blocking option in his first season with the Chargers. Notably, Green needs just 17 more receiving yards to set a career high, but that doesn't mean much for fantasy owners who expected more production from him in 2018.
Green caught two of his three targets for nine yards in the win Thursday over the Chiefs. Green saw 38-year-old tight end Antonio Gates catch four passes for 54 yards, reaffirming what has been a troubling trend all season - that being the former's inability to make any headway in the passing game. Green will aim to beat his career high in receiving yards (237) during the final two weeks of the regular season.
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