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Broncos roster 2016: Tight end Virgil Green

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More than anything, it’s about health for Green. If he remains injury free, he will play a major role in this offense.

Casey Barrett (Mile High Report)

It's that time of the year again. Mile High Report is in the midst of our annual 90 players in 90 days roster breakdown. Last year went fairly well, but continuing today and through August 27th, we'll break down every player on the Denver Broncos roster.

Name: Virgil Green
Position: TE
Height: 6'5" Weight: 255
Age: 27 Experience: 6
College: Nevada

The last few days have offered a glimpse into the future. It’s one the Denver Broncos and most of the fans have waited to see for two years. It’s a future where Virgil Green is a focal point in the offense.


There is ample reason to question if this will happen, given it’s been said the last two offseasons.

We’ve all heard these lines before: “This is finally the year the Broncos open it up for Green.”

“Green is perfect for Gary Kubiak’s offense.”

For various reasons, that hasn’t happened.

Still, the last few days are a glimpse into what is possible for the tight end known as “Big Virgil” in this offense. Last week, all he did was catch touchdowns. And he hasn’t fallen off since then. He’s remained sharp and focused.

“Virgil is the red-hot player of the day here in Dove Valley,” Kubiak said last week. “What a day he had. He made a bunch of plays in the redzone. We have a little bit of a program we are working on with Virgil. We are trying to keep him healthier than we have in the past. I think he’s responded.”

More than anything, it’s about health for Green. If he remains injury free, he will play a major role in this offense. That’s not something he could say the last two seasons. Last year he dealt with finger issues.

It sounds like he’s finally been able to avoid those injuries that linger all season.

The Good:

Green is too athletic, physical, intelligent, gifted and big to not be a great tight end.

Add in his work ethic, the success he’s finally starting to see, this offense ... and it’s only a matter of time before he blossoms.

“Every day you have to go out there and be consistent,” Green said. “That’s my biggest thing. I can make plays. I can do all the other things. I just have to be consistent and show them that I can do those things every single day.”

What will help Green in his effort to be the next great tight end in Denver is he doesn’t dwell on the past. Win each day and then win the next.

After a while you no longer think about it and your confidence shoots up because of it. You no longer think you can. You know you can.

“It does make you feel great,” Green said. “What would really make me feel great is if I went out there tomorrow and did it again. For me it is about consistency.

“Practice for me is just full on every day. I just tell myself to go out there and enjoy every single day. I try not to think about it’s a grind or it’s this or it’s that. I just tell myself to go out there and have fun each and every day.”

It’s not so much about taking advantage of the opportunities in front of him as it is just believing in himself.

The Bad:

We’ve heard this all before.

Until Green stays healthy and makes it happen, skepticism will linger. And that’s how it should be.

The talk will no longer suffice. We’re well beyond the hype. It’s all about actions now. If it doesn’t happen this season, it’s time to move on.

Thursday is another step for Green in that process.

Roster Status:

Save for injuries, this is Green’s year.

He gave everyone a glimpse of what he’s capable of in this offense over the last week. If he does this throughout the regular season it’s another element to Denver’s offense that defenses have to plan for. That will make Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders better. That will make the running game better. That will make the Broncos better.

It’s time for Green to live up to the hype.