Joel Dreessen and Jacob Tamme combined for 93 catches, 911 yards and seven touchdowns last season, yet the tight end making all the noise at the Denver Broncos’ training camp is a third-year pro with all of one career catch to his name.
The most intriguing new face turning heads at the Denver Broncos’ offseason workouts isn’t Montee Ball or Sylvester Williams. It’s third-year tight end Julius Thomas.
Peyton Manning sauntered over to the podium after his first full practice since the Denver Broncos’ loss to Baltimore in the playoffs. Right out of the gate, somebody asked about his health.
As evidenced by the proliferating number of pranks he’s pulling, Peyton Manning has gotten pretty comfortable in Denver as he enters his second season with the Broncos.
Despite not being in the game, Denver Broncos tight end Joel Dreessen definitely watched the Super Bowl. He said watching football is one of his favorite things to do when he’s not playing in a game.
Denver coach John Fox makes it pretty clear: running backs have to hold on to the ball to hang on to their jobs. Rookie Ronnie Hillman is just hoping he’s not in the Broncos’ doghouse as long as Knowshon Moreno was.
The fans behind the south end zone who earlier had a great view of Peyton Manning’s heart-skipping effort to tackle cornerback Brandon Flowers held up their index fingers as the final seconds ticked away on Denver’s 38-3 rout of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Eric Decker was the first of Peyton Manning’s workout buddies, sneaking onto high school football fields in the spring to work on his rhythm and rapport with his new quarterback.
So much is made of what Peyton Manning’s passes look like after four neck operations and a season away from football. No matter, they’re almost always on target.
Tight ends are no longer an afterthought in Denver’s passing game. In 2009, they had all of 27 catches. Last year, that number was just 30 – not a single one of them in the end zone.