Good morning, Broncos County!
This is the year.
This is finally the year Virgil Green is used to his full potential in the Denver Broncos offense.
This has to be the year, right?
For three seasons we have said this, and it has yet to come to fruition - for whatever reason. When Gary Kubiak was hired and he brought an offense more focused on tight ends, the thought was Green would shine.
Well, this is the year ... isn't it?
"Every year I come in thinking I can be the guy," Green told the media on Monday as Phase II of the offseason conditioning program continues. "I always feel like I can do things in the pass game. My specialty is being a physical guy up front in the run game and the pass protection game. I always come in thinking that I can be the guy in the pass game."
Allow me to translate Virgil Green's press conference at Broncos HQ today: "Just throw me the damn ball. Can you please throw me the rock?"— Vic J Lombardi XXI (@VicLombardi) May 16, 2016
It didn't help Green or pretty much anyone that the 2015 Broncos offense was put together by MacGyver in a back room at the UCHealth Training Center. But with Owen Daniels no longer on the roster, Green is the veteran tight end in Denver. With that experience he brings incredible athleticism, ability and physical tools that could greatly benefit the Broncos offense.
That means catching passes and being utilized more than a glorified sixth offensive lineman.
"I think I could be real beneficial to this scheme, especially since we have younger quarterbacks that can get out on the edge," Green said. "I think this year, especially because we've got guys that were here last year, we're learning more about the offense.
"You get a chance to just start over, hit the reset button and just learn the more detailed things we need to do to be a more fluid offense."
What also helps in that regard is a more authentic Kubiak offense that utilizes multiple tight end formations and a fullback.
"The way our offense works, we can do anything," Green said. "I do think having Garrett (Graham) and Jeff (Heuerman) - we have some good guys at tight end that want to do great things and want to be team guys.
"I feel like in this offense you have to be a team guy. We've got great receivers - DT, Emmanuel (Sanders), Cody (Latimer), those guys - so you have to be a team guy. When your number is called, be ready to roll."
Tight ends flourish in the Kubiak offense.
Athletic and gifted tight ends shine in this offense.
It's time for the Broncos to finally use Green and his skill set to their benefit.
Enough of the talk.
"I do feel that way. With OD (Owen Daniels) being gone, like you said, there is a better chance," he said. "I really want to in training camp show that I can be not just the pass guy, but just the every-down tight end guy."
This is finally the year Green shines in Denver.
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