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TE Virgil Green - Denver Broncos

6-3, 249Born: 8-3-1988College: NevadaDrafted: Round 7

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Week 7: at Los Angeles Chargers

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Like their Week 6 opponent, the Giants, Denver will enter Sunday with an injury-ravaged receiving corps. Emmanuel Sanders and WR5 Isaiah McKenzie will sit out with ankle sprains, and Demaryius Thomas could hobble a bit after a minor leg injury of his own last Sunday. Assuming he doesn't suffer a setback, Thomas will likely dominate Trevor Siemian's attention on all levels of the field, and the Week 7 success of this unit will rest upon how Thomas manages heavy coverage. It's worth noting that he's already a posted strong game (5 receptions for 67 yards) against this Chargers defense while in the primary coverage of Casey Hayward, and that he shredded 2016 All-Pro Janoris Jenkins (10 for 133) last Sunday. But this week he'll have to succeed without much help across the field. Going further, with Sanders down, Siemian will have to try new things - the Thomas/Sanders connection has soaked up 48% of his targets thus far. Tight end A.J. Derby could be an increased option from the slot; he looked outstanding 2 weeks ago, catching 4 passes for 75 yards and an impressive touchdown. The Chargers secondary has quickly developed into one of the league's best, even with stud cornerback Jason Verrett out for the season. Casey Hayward flirts weekly with true shutdown status; he's not unbeatable, but he's a ballhawk who punishes quarterback-receiver connections. Trevor Williams has been a pleasant surprise in Verrett's place, and free safety Jahleel Addae continues to flash playmaking ability. It's a strong unit bolstered even further by a talented pass rush. Joey Bosa in particular is rounding into Defensive Player of the Year form, with five sacks and two quarterback strips through six games. And he's actually been even more productive at pressuring the passer than the sack totals indicate.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
3 at BUF 37 3 18 0 0 1.8
4 vs OAK 42 0 0 0 0 0
6 vs NYG 35 1 24 0 0 2.4
7 at LAC PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * * *
7 at LAC PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * * *
7 at LAC PROJ-Bloom * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 6 vs NYG (1 / 1 / 24 / 0 rec)

Green hauled in his only target of the day, a seam route late in the 2nd quarter from the inline position. Derby seems to be the preferred pass-catching target, flexing out into the slot more often while Green and Heuerman do more of the in-line blocking.

2017 Week 4 vs OAK (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Green was active, but a complete non-factor in the passing game as AJ Derby drew all the tight end targets.

2017 Week 3 vs BUF (3 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)

Green caught a tight end screen on the first offensive play of the game, but the play was negated by a penalty. He secured another short gain on an out route at the end of the 2nd quarter. Siemian threw an absolute dime to Green in the 3rd quarter on a crossing route for a gain of 14.

2017 Week 2 vs DAL (3 / 2 / 11 / 1 rec)

Siemian looked for Green in the end zone in the 2nd quarter, but a defender batted the pass away. Green got wide open for a short touchdown pass in the 3rd quarter. With the ball on Dallas' 2 yard line, Denver lined up in a run formation with 2 tight ends and a fullback. Siemian faked a handoff and made an easy toss to Green, who had run into the flat on the right side of the field. Green finished the day with just 2 catches for 11 yards and the touchdown on 3 targets.

2017 Week 1 vs LAC (1 / 1 / 44 / 0 rec)

Green made the most of his lone target of the night, hauling it in for a 44 yard gain down the right seam in the 4th quarter. Green turned around while sprinting full speed in the other direction and deftly plucked the football over the defender's head. Green has great athleticism, he just never seems to be a featured part of Denver's passing attack.

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Schedule

7@ Los Angeles Chargers
8@ Kansas City Chiefs
9@ Philadelphia Eagles
10vs New England Patriots
11vs Cincinnati Bengals
12@ Oakland Raiders
13@ Miami Dolphins
14vs New York Jets
15@ Indianapolis Colts
16@ Washington Redskins
17vs Kansas City Chiefs