Good morning, Broncos Country.
If the Denver Broncos want to snap their five-game losing streak against the Cincinnati Bengals, they are going to need their offense to kick it up a notch. Even though their production as a unit has been mediocre to date, that task might be a bit harder to achieve — as the Broncos will be down to just one healthy tight end.
According to Head Coach Vance Joseph, A.J. Derby (shoulder) and Jeff Heuerman (knee) have been ruled out for Sunday’s gridiron affair, leaving Virgil Green as the only option the Broncos currently would have to utilize against the Bengals. Yikes!
#Broncos injury report for #CINvsDEN:— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) November 17, 2017
• TEs Jeff Heuerman and A.J. Derby = OUT
• WR Cody Latimer and OL Donald Stephenson = questionable
“Virgil Green, he’s a pro’s-pro. He’s a tough guy. He’s a smart guy. He can catch the ball,” stated Joseph in respect to the veteran tight end. “You need more than two, so we have to figure out a solution whether it’s going to be a tackle playing a big tight end for us or bringing someone up. It’ll be two guys. Not sure who those two are going to be,” Joseph remarked.
If the Broncos don’t decide to use an offensive lineman as a pinch tight end, they have two options on their practice squad in Austin Traylor and Brian Parker who could help fill the void. All things considered, it sure looks like a healthy Jake Butt would be great for the Broncos offense right now. Though it was probably wise for the team to place him on injured reserve, take a redshirt year and not risk re-injuring his ACL.
Given the lack of production and future contract status of the players currently at the position, the team’s tight end corp should certainly be a high consideration for upgrading this coming offseason. Healthy or not, the crop of talent the Broncos have on their roster just doesn’t cut the mustard.
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