TE Joel Dreessen - Free Agent

6-3, 245Born: 7-26-1982College: Colorado StateDrafted: Round 6, pick 2005

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2012 Week 1 vs PIT (2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Many speculated at how the distribution of opportunities among Denver tight ends would play out. Early signs all point to Jacob Tamme being the clear #1 as Dreessen was a very small part of the offensive game plan. He's a talented tight end, but his opportunities are limited with a player of Tamme's caliber ahead of him.

2012 Week 2 vs ATL (2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Dreessen wasn't heavily involved in the offense in Atlanta, actually he wasn't really involved at all. The Broncos were focusing most of their attack through their wide receivers and Willis McGahee's hard running. Dreessen did make one impressive catch for give yards with a defender on his back.

2012 Week 4 vs OAK (3 / 2 / 17 / 1 rec)

Dreessen caught both targets on Sunday, but only one was of relevance. Racing down the seam on the Broncos' opening drive, Dreessen made a tremendous catch on his 22-yard TD. Manning used play-action allowing Dreessen to get behind LB Phillip Weaver before dropping pass into the hands of the diving Dreessen. Later Manning would try a screen similar to his 30-yarder in week three against Houston, but Oakland read it well and knocked Dreessen for a five-yard loss. Like Tamme, Dreessen was all but none-existent in the 2nd half.

2012 Week 5 vs NE (4 / 4 / 21 / 1 rec)

For the third straight week, Dreessen was a fantasy factor with a touchdown. After a great play-action fake at the goal line, Manning found Dreessen in the back of end zone for the score. Outside of that play, Dreessen had a couple non-descript short receptions as an outlet receiver within the offensive scheme.

2012 Week 6 vs SD (7 / 6 / 57 / 0 rec)

Dreessen was involved early and often, tying for a game high six receptions and working the middle of the field all night long. The majority of his receptions weren't gamebreakers, but he did allow a solid outlet for QB Peyton Manning to look towards when there was nothing on the outside. He was rarely (if ever) the primary target, but with very little attention being paid to him he managed to get enough action to turn in a serviceable performance.

2012 Week 8 vs NO (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dreessen dropped his only target coming across the field as Roman Harper knocked the ball from his grasp.

2012 Week 9 vs CIN (4 / 4 / 38 / 1 rec)

Dreessen, once again, was very efficient with a limited number of targets and was a force in the red zone. When Denver was in the shadow of their own end zone, Dreessen came up big on a play-action pass, resulting in a huge gain at a much needed moment. Dreessen also caught yet another goal line touchdown. Manning had a rare rollout play design where Dreessen found an open area at the back line of the end zone. Denver regained the lead on the play and never looked back. While Dreessen is a risky play due to his low ceiling of targets on a weekly basis, he is a threat to score every game just like he did against Cincinnati.

2012 Week 11 vs SD (6 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec)

Dreessen provided a reliable outlet for Manning, with nothing going for more than 11 yards but also tying for the team lead in catches with four. His best play was a short catch near the sideline where the defender tried drilling him out of bounds. Instead, Dreessen simply bounced off of the arm tackle attempt and kept moving forward to pick up the first down.

2012 Week 12 vs KC (3 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)

Dreessen was not very involved in the offense, and dropped one of his best opportunities wide open on a short cross. His two catches were both of the short variety and he was smothered immediately after the catch.

2012 Week 13 vs TB (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dreessen didn't register any catches, but received two targets with one drop on his first target. Blaming the sun, the pass hit Dreessen right on the hands, but he couldn't control the ball and it fell incomplete. Later Dreessen was targeted in the end zone as he ran down the seam, but the throw looked more like a throwaway as it was nowhere near completion sailing well over his head.

2012 Week 14 vs OAK (5 / 5 / 30 / 1 rec)

Dreessen's first reception was a wide open pass underneath in the flat for five yards as Manning instantly checked down to him. Dreessen caught a six yard touchdown pass when Manning hit him on the numbers on a curl route in the front of the endzone. Dreessen's third catch came just six minutes into the game as he caught a pass over the middle for five yards before absorbing a strong hit. Before the end of the first quarter, Dreessen caught his fourth pass on a crossing route over the middle behind the linebacker in coverage. Dreessen caught another pass in the flat on second and four for three yards.

2012 Week 15 vs BAL (3 / 2 / 36 / 0 rec)

Joel Dreessen was the only Broncos tight end with a reception today. His highlight play came on a great catch and throw for 28 yards. Dreessen caught a ball with Ed Reed draped all over him in proper coverage. Kudos on the play to Peyton Manning as well for dropping a strike into a narrow window.

2012 Week 16 vs CLE (4 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)

Dreessen was more active in the game plan than Jacob Tamme against Cleveland, but both tight ends took a back seat to the running game and the wide receivers. After short targets on his first three opportunities, Dreessen got a chance on an end zone target. It was uncatchable in the fourth quarter, which led to his underwhelming fantasy day. With Thomas and Decker both being big-bodied red zone targets, Dreessen's opportunities can be hit-or-miss any given week. After a strong start to the season finding the end zone, Dreessen has just one score in his last seven games, spanning 18 receptions.

2012 Week 17 vs KC (3 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

Dreessen reeled in two Peyton Manning passes for fifteen yards. He and Jacob Tamme functioned as tertiary passing-game options behind Eric Decker, Brandon Stokely, and Demaryius Thomas. Dreessen was the intended receiver on what would have been an interception had Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson been able to hold on to the ball. Manning targeted Dreessen in the end zone on first-and-goal during the Broncos' last possession of the third quarter.


2012 Week 19 vs BAL (8 / 6 / 46 / 0 rec)

Dreessen was tied for the team-high in receptions against Baltimore, but was mainly a short-yardage target for Peyton Manning. He was utilized heavily on quick in-cuts and out routes. Early in the fourth quarter, Dreessen took a big hit, but held on to a comeback pass, that drew a defensive penalty.

2011 Week 2 vs MIA (2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Dreessen saw extra playing time with the loss of Kevin Walter, but was not a major factor in the passing game. The Texans needed extra help in pass blocking, and turned to Dreessen more so running back Ben Tate could release on routes rather than stay in to pick up blitzes.

2011 Week 3 vs NO (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dreessen had no catches, but was looked to by Matt Schaub late in the game with the defense trying to take Andre Johnson away. Dreessen broke up what would have been an interception, starting a tip drill that finally ended in the hands of Kevin Walter who ran it in for a touchdown. Both of Dreessen's targets came from the Saints 25 yardline just outside of the red zone.

2011 Week 4 vs PIT (1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)

While Dreessen didn't put up numbers in this game, his presence on the field as a capable combo-tight end allows Houston to use Daniels as described above. Dreessen is very capable of being "Daniels-Lite" as we've seen in previous seasons when Daniels has been injured.

2011 Week 5 vs OAK (9 / 5 / 112 / 1 rec)

Dreessen enjoyed a good game against the Raiders almost completely by chance. He logged two long catches, one of which came on a broken play and the other which came on a desperation Hail Mary at the end of the game. He primarily ran quick outs and curls up the hashmarks, leaving deeper routes to Kevin Walter and Owen Daniels. Dreessen's 56 yard touchdown came as the result of a busted Oakland defense. On the play, Matt Schaub did a good job selling play-action before rolling out to the right. Schaub then threw back across the field to a wide open Dreessen who ran the final 20 yards for a touchdown. Dreessen also had another long catch as the Texans tried to drive and win the game. On that play, he came from left to right near the goalline and used his body to shield two Oakland defenders to win the jump ball. Unfortunately, the Texans were unable to convert from close to the goalline and the game was lost.

2011 Week 6 vs BAL (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dreessen was only thrown to twice including one incompletion deep up the middle.

2011 Week 7 vs TEN (2 / 2 / 31 / 1 rec)

Dreessen saw one pass per half, the shorter of the two resulting in a 10yard touchdown. On the play, Dreessen slipped out to the left side of the field where he found himself alone in space. Quarterback Matt Schaub saw him at the five yard line and threw a nice touch pass. Dreesen easily caught the ball and just about walked into the end zone.

2011 Week 8 vs JAX (2 / 2 / 19 / 1 rec)

Dreessen caught a break and caught his 3rd TD pass of the season early in the third quarter. Jaguars DB Dwight Lowery was in perfect position to intercept the short throw from Schaub, but let the ball slip through his hands and into the waiting hands of the Texans' TE.

2011 Week 9 vs CLE (2 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)

Dreessen only had 2 catches, but it looked like he was going to have a huge day as they came on the first two plays from scrimmage, including the longest of pass play of the day for the Texans, a 22-yarder. But Arian Foster and Ben Tate were just to good on the ground to justify much passing in this one.

2011 Week 10 vs TB (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dreessen had a single target which was more of a throw away when Matt Schaub was under pressure than it was an attempt to get the ball to his tight end.

2011 Week 12 vs JAX (1 / 1 / 20 / 1 rec)

Dreessen was actually targeted twice, but one incompletion was wiped out by a pair of offsetting personal fouls. His lone catch was a good one, finding an open spot in the middle of multiple defenders just inside the ten and then turning upfield to get into the end zone.

2011 Week 13 vs ATL (1 / 1 / 3 / 1 rec)

Dreessen spent most of the game as an extra blocker to protect rookie TJ Yates. He did, however have one reception and it was a big one. On the play, Dreessen lined up to the right, faked a quick move outside before moving to the middle of the field. Yates threw a low, hard pass that Dreessen slid to catch resulting in a touchdown.

2011 Week 14 vs CIN (3 / 3 / 22 / 1 rec)

Though Dreessen was only thrown to three times, he caught all three including a 3rd quarter touchdown. This is the second game where Dreessen has received attention in the red zone from his rookie quarterback, with two of his three targets coming from inside the Cincinatti 12-yard line.

2011 Week 16 vs IND (4 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)

With extra playing time due to Owen Daniels injury situation, Dreessen was TJ Yates favorite target of the night. He caught all four balls thrown to him, and showed that despite being second on the depth chart, he has the hands and ability in the run blocking game to be a fair starting NFL starting tight end.

2010 Week 3 vs DAL (1 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)

Dreessen had one catch down the right sideline with a little over two minutes left in the contest. The Texans were utilizing five wide receivers and Dreessen was able to get open when the Dallas safety followed Jacoby Jones on a deep pattern down the center of the field. Otherwise, Dreessen contributed two special teams tackles and spelled Owen Daniels as a blocker on a handful of running plays.

2010 Week 4 vs OAK (8 / 5 / 73 / 1 rec)

Against the Raiders, Joel Dreessen continued his emergence as the Texans pass-catching tight end while Owen Daniels continues to stay in at the line of scrimmage as a blocker. Dreessen led the Texans in receptions and scored a touchdown on a quick pass from Matt Schaub in the second quarter. On the play, Dreessen lined up with the appearance that he would be blocking the Raiders' defensive end. At the snap, Dreessen feigned a block and then released up the seam for an easy short touchdown. Otherwise, Dreessen is running routes that used to be taken by Owen Daniels including go routes down the middle of the field and quick outs that are between 5 and 10 yards deep. Matt Schaub is comfortable throwing to Dreessen and, with Andre Johnson out of this game, their synergy showed.

2010 Week 5 vs NYG (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dreessen was targeted twice, both on short routes when he was a checkdown target. Otherwise his role, when on the field, was blocking.

2010 Week 6 vs KC (1 / 1 / 5 / 1 rec)

Dreessen caught the Texans first touchdown of the game but was silent thereafter. On the touchdown, Dreessen released from the right side of the line of scrimmage and cut from right to left across the back of the endzone. Quarterback Matt Schaub scrambled to the right to buy time for his receivers to get open. Dreessen sprinted towards the right side of the endzone before stopping suddenly. The Chiefs linebacker covering him slipped, leaving Dreessen open for the easy score. Otherwise, tight end Owen Daniels garnered all of Schaub's looks to the tight end and Dreessen was left in at the line to block.

2010 Week 9 vs SD (8 / 5 / 66 / 0 rec)

Filling in for the injured Owen Daniels, Dreessen responded with a team high five receptions. He and RB Arian Foster were consistently Matt Schaub's bailout options in the short passing game. He made a couple of nice grabs over the middle, as San Diego had a tough time accounting for him, and even added a 24-yard pickup down the seam for his longest catch of the game. Late in the contest, he had a ball bounce off his hands for a key incompletion that could have and should have gone for a first down.

2010 Week 10 vs JAX (3 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

Dreessen was used on a screen pass early on which he took for a good gain, but his fumble on the potential game winning drive for the Texans was a crucial error, one which he will be remembered for on this day.

2010 Week 11 vs NYJ (4 / 4 / 106 / 1 rec)

Dreessen continues to fill in very well for the continually injured Owen Daniels. With Andre Johnson well covered and the other receivers largely ineffective, Dreessen was looked to frequently, along with Arian Foster. All four of Dreessen's catches were longer than ten yards and three of them topped 20. Dreessen was having success finding open space to work with all day but nothing close to what he saw on his touchdown. On that play, Dreessen found himself wide open down the left side of the field with no Jet within ten yards of him and the ball coming his way. Dreessen caught the ball in stride and ran for the corner of the end zone, making it easily and basically untouched.

2010 Week 12 vs TEN (5 / 3 / 15 / 1 rec)

Dreessen continued his solid play in Owen Daniels' absence against the Tennessee Titans. He was targeted five times and caught a one yard touchdown to put the Texans on the board in the second quarter. On the play, he lined up on the right side of the line of scrimmage, let his man slip by him on the play-action fake, and drifted to the middle of the endzone uncovered for an easy score. Dreessen is admirably filling the void left by Daniels as a trusted outlet for Matt Schaub. That said, he is not being targeted downfield (particularly down the seam) nearly as often as Daniels had been previously.

2010 Week 13 vs PHI (8 / 5 / 63 / 0 rec)

Joel Dreessen got the start in Week 13 once again for Houston with normal starter Owen Daniels still sidelined with cracked ribs. Dreessen had a quiet start to the game as he could not pull down his first two targets, but he finally got on the stat sheet with two catches over the middle in the last two minutes before halftime. Dreessen added three more grabs in the second half on four more targets in the final 30 minutes, pushing his total targets up to eight, good enough for second on the team (just behind WR Andre Johnson's nine). Dreessen had four catches on the night between 12 and 20 yards as he took advantage of favorable coverage against the Eagles' linebackers. Unfortunately for Dreessen, he took a hit late in the game that severely bruised his ribs, making him questionable for next week. Owen Daniels is also expected to be back in Week 14.

2010 Week 15 vs TEN (5 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)

Dreessen was used mainly as a checkdown target on underneath routes. He showed good vision in finding space and getting to the ball on one play, while Schaub evaded the safety blitz. Underneath, checkdown target mainly. Nice job finding space and getting to the ball in the middle of the field as Schaub deals with a safety blitz. With Owen Daniels back in the fold and playing well, Dreessen's opportunities should continue to be limited.

2010 Week 16 vs DEN (3 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)

Joel Dreessen caught a nice 10 yard pass on a shallow cross but was mainly quiet as Owen Daniels became the main focus when it came to the tight ends being involved in the offense.

2010 Week 17 vs JAX (2 / 2 / 50 / 0 rec)

After spending the first three quarters of the season as the Texans primary receiving option at tight end, Dreessen gave way to Owen Daniels in the season's final three weeks. He did have one deep reception on a go route down the middle of the field in the fourth quarter. On the play, Dreessen lined up on the right side of the line in a two tight end set. Owen Daniels, who had been terrorizing the Jaguars in the middle of the field much of the day, stayed in as an extra blocker. Dreessen got behind the Jaguars linebackers and hauled in the ball in stride for a long gain. Outside of a short pass caught on a button hook, Dreessen served as a run blocker on the strong side of the line of scrimmage. He finished the season with 36 receptions for 518 yards and 4 touchdowns.

2009 Week 2 vs TEN (3 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)

The other beneficiary of Kevin Walter's absence in Week 2 was rarely-used receiver Joel Dreeseen. Dreessen finished the day with 3 catches on 3 targets for 31 yards (including a long of 21).

2009 Week 11 vs TEN (1 / 1 / 23 / 0 rec)

Dreessen had one downfield catch on a seam route, but he is the secondary receiving tight end now that James Casey is healthy.

2009 Week 13 vs JAX (2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Dreesseen only had one catch on Sunday while filling in for Owen Daniels. He was kept in at the line on most snaps to pass-protect for Matt Schaub or help run block for Ryan Moats and Chris Brown.

2009 Week 14 vs SEA (6 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)

Dreessen filled in admirably once again for Owen Daniels. Dreessen had a number of key blocks on Ryan Moats runs to the outside and chipped in with three receptions, including two that resulted in first downs for the Texans.

2009 Week 15 vs STL (4 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)

Dreessen had two drops in the first half, including on a catchable ball in the endzone. He redeemed himself, however, by making a tough catch to the right side in the second quarter. Dreessen caught the Schaub pass between three defenders, bounced off of them, then turned up-field for a 22 yard gain.

2009 Week 16 vs MIA (6 / 4 / 65 / 0 rec)

Dreessen continues to fill in admirably for Owen Daniels. Against the Dolphins he finished the day with 4 catches for 65 yards. His best catch came on a 22 yard reception up the left seem that resulted in a first down in Miami territory. Dreessen has started to be the beneficiary of Daniels' role in the offense in the last month, with more deep routes and targets now that he has gained Matt Schaub's trust.

2009 Week 17 vs NE (7 / 6 / 81 / 1 rec)

Dreessen's final game of the season was perhaps his best. In filling in for Owen Daniels, Dreessen caught 6 balls for 81 yards and a score. He finally looked comfortable on downfield routes between the hash-marks and rewarded Matt Schaub's confidence by catching most everything in site. Dreessen finished the year with 26 catches for 320 yards. His only touchdown of the season came on Sunday on a 25 yard catch wherein Jerrod Mayo left Dreessen uncovered up the left hash-mark, leading to an uncontested score.

2008 Week 3 vs TEN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dreessen was not able to come up with the only ball thrown his way as he saw action in two tight end sets during the first half.

2008 Week 5 vs IND (2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Dreessen only saw one pass thrown his way as the second tight end when Houston is in a two tight end formation.

2008 Week 9 vs MIN (1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Joel Dreessen had a nice catch for a first down, but was not heard from again.

2008 Week 11 vs IND (2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

Joel Dreessen was the recipient of two dump off passes where all of the other options were well covered.

2008 Week 13 vs JAX (1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Dreessen caught his only pass of the game near the end of the second quarter for a pickup of ten yards.

2008 Week 14 vs GB (1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Dreesen caught his only target for a four yard gain.

2008 Week 15 vs TEN (4 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

Joel Dreessen saw limited action when Owen Daniels needed a rest. He has good hands and was able to catch passes despite being well covered.

2007 Week 6 vs JAX (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

In limited play, Dreesen caught a fourth quarter pass for eight yards.

2007 Week 11 vs NO (1 / 1 / 10 / 1 rec)

Dreessen's lone reception was a good catch in the end zone for a touchdown.

2005 Week 6 vs BUF (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The rookie was targeted once in the game in the end zone, but the ball was badly overthrown.

2005 Week 11 vs DEN (1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Dreessen had his first career NFL reception.

2005 Week 13 vs NE (4 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)

Dreessen, a rookie, had his career long reception on a catch and nifty run. The reception came on a play where Dreessen chip blocked a defensive lineman and then continued his route into the flat. The Jets ran the same play for Dreessen a few times: The first time, he was wide open, but he slipped and fell down as he was trying to get to the pass. Dreessen later dropped a pass that was high, but catchable.

2005 Week 17 vs BUF (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Dreessen was only targeted once, making the catch for a six yard gain.