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Old 03-30-2012, 07:12 AM   #1
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No direct quotes, but hopefully between Green and "Orange" Julius we can salvage one of those players with the added competition at Tight end.

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After lost rookie year, it's time for Broncos TE Julius Thomas to step up

Q: Wasn't Julius Thomas supposed to be the next great Broncos tight end? I realize he was hurt last year, but have they already given up on him?

A: Kenny, the Broncos haven't given up on him, and they shouldn't. Much like trading Alphonso Smith just one season after they traded away a first-round pick to take him in the second round of the 2009 draft was impetuous, so would be discarding Thomas at this point.

The Broncos expended a fourth-round pick on Thomas last year and then took another tight end Virgil Green with one of their seventh-round picks.

Meanwhile, back in the offense, when the Broncos moved to an option-based offense because Tim Tebow was the team's starter at quarterback, the team's tight ends largely became ornamental in the passing game no matter who they were. With just 19 catches, Daniel Fells led the team's tight ends in receptions.

And all of the team's tight ends had just 13 catches combined over the Broncos' last 10 games of the regular season. So they essentially muted the position beyond a blocking role in the offense as Tebow rarely targeted them in the passing game.

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Old 03-30-2012, 07:14 AM   #2
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This article seems to back up my premis that Thomas and Green are largely unknowns as of right now due to the Tebow offense more than anything else.
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Oh gawd, I'd almost forgotten about the Alphonso Smith fiasco. Has there ever been a dumber trade in NFL history?
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With a new QB, the TE position should feature a lot more in the offense.

However, Green and Thomas will have to push hard to get on the field with Tamme and Dreesen in front of them.
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He played only one year of football in college, and then it was a smaller school with lesser competition. It seems to me that it is a bit early to "call him out" or to expect great things from him. He was injured last year, and the year on the bench may have helped him understand the pro game a little more, and that would be a good thing.

TEs tend to be athletic players with multiple reposnibilities in an O. Manning likes and uses the TE position, and he will need a good athlete there. IIRC, OJ was considered a good athtlete evidenced by his BB background. Furthermore, Manning can and will throw the ball where the TE or WR can catch it. I would think he would improve this year, but next year, 2013, would be most likely for a breakout.


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It will be nice to see the TE infused into our offensive system again. Its been a while.
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Thomas needs to stay healthy for one thing. He is athletic enough, so there is still a chance for him. I wonder if Green will see more time at FB and used as a weapon in the passing game that way?
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I like how it says he needs to step up, while recognizing that he was ignored in the offense. Quality work.
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Some of it was system related. He's been working out with Manning so maybe he can contribute this year.
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Old 03-30-2012, 12:03 PM   #12
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It would be nice to see Thomas develop into a Pro Bowl caliber pass catcher and jump ahead of Tamme and Dressen on the depth chart.

Thomas/Tamme/Dressen could be be the best TE trio since Sharpe/Carswell/Chamberlain.
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If history has taught us anything, it's that springtime articles about player x poised to step up are always correct.
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Maybe the one the Colts made back in 1983.....
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Oh gawd, I'd almost forgotten about the Alphonso Smith fiasco. Has there ever been a dumber trade in NFL history?
no, and it's not even remotely close.
you don't ever trade a future first for a non current first.

i think their development will be excelled with Manning running the offense.
the main thing i could potentially see as a issue now is does a top tier TE fall to them in the draft and he's BPA so they're forced to take him.

i know we have holes on defense but if a Allen,Green or Fleener is there at a certain pick and they're the #1-2-3 TE whereas the other guys are 5-10 on the board then i wonder what happens.
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Old 03-30-2012, 04:35 PM   #17
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Convert him and Virgil Green to WR and be done with it. They are never going to see the field as TE's given our recent signings.
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The lack of production at the tight end position is one of the things that disturbed me about Tebow's game - especially in light of the fact that the league is clearly moving in the direction of using the tight ends a lot more prominently in the passing scheme.
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Correct in that he will probably be cut this preseason.
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Correct in that he will probably be cut this preseason.
Or light it up and then "hurt his knee" *wink wink* and not be seen for a year. Although I guess the league is thinking about changing those rules.
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Oh gawd, I'd almost forgotten about the Alphonso Smith fiasco. Has there ever been a dumber trade in NFL history?
Which part? Trading away a first to draft him or giving him away for a ham sandwich when he didn't play like a first round pick in his rookie season?
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I predict he will be the 1st or 2nd string and always the first TE we want to go to in the passing game.

I think him working out with Manning will help a lot.
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