TE Virgil Green - Los Angeles Chargers

6-3, 249Born: 8-3-1988College: NevadaDrafted: Round 7, pick 2011

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2019 Week 1 vs IND (1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Green had one short sideline catch, coming just after Hunter Henry briefly left the game after banging his knee. In other words, Green is a non-factor in this offensive gameplan.

2019 Week 5 vs DEN (1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Green caught his only target of the game, a short grab over the middle where Rivers was audibly gesturing to Green to expect the ball. Aside from that perceived defensive mismatch, Green was not a part of the passing game at all.

2019 Week 7 vs TEN (1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Green caught one ball, a quick reception over the middle on the play following Hunter Henry leaving after getting dinged up. Henry returned soon after, and Green returned to fantasy irrelevance.

2019 Week 8 vs CHI (1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Green showed nice hands to snag a short dumpoff just before it hit the turf. But Hunter Henry again had a busy day from the tight end spot, which is always going to cap Green's upside.

2019 Week 11 vs KC (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Green caught just one short pass, an 8-yard gain over the middle that came on a blitz pickup that left him wide open. He was otherwise uninvolved in the gameplan.

2019 Week 14 vs JAX (1 / 1 / 14 / 1 rec)

Green isn't a featured part of the offense, focusing most of his talents on blocking. He did a nice job of that, particularly on an early Austin Ekeler run and later on giving a little extra push for the Derek Watt score. But with the Chargers up big late, Green got a piece of the receiving pie when he broke into the corner of the end zone untouched for a wide open 14-yard score from Tyrod Taylor.

2018 Week 1 vs KC (2 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)

Green caught a sharp bullet pass over the middle for a first down early on, but once Antonio Gates came in the game Green's involvement was minimal. He caught just one more ass all game (Gates himself caught just two for the game), but it doesn't appear as if Green will have a very prominent role going forward.

2018 Week 2 vs BUF (3 / 3 / 55 / 0 rec)

Even with Antonio Gates in the fold, it was Green who has been the primary pass-catching tight end for the Chargers through two games. He was hit perfectly in stride for an early 25-yard reception. They teamed up to beat the blitz, and Green broke a tackle about ten yards into the catch before rumbling upfield for 15 more after the catch. He made another wide open grab later in the first half, fighting his way downfield and pushing past would-be tacklers on his way to another nice gain. In the second half, he added another nice grab where he withstood a big hit from the defender before eventually fumbling the ball. Fortunately for Green, his elbow was touching the sideline while he fumbled, so it was ruled a dead ball at that spot, otherwise it would have gone for a turnover. Green was involved in another near-turnover earlier in the second half. Rivers had a pass tipped at the line and shoot straight up in the air. With several defenders around it, Green boxed them out and got his hands on it. He wasn't able to hold on and complete the reception, but he at least prevented anyone else from picking it off.

2018 Week 3 vs LAR (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Green had just one short catch in the game early in the third quarter. Not only was his role almost non-existent, but Antonio Gates was involved to the tune of three catches for 45 yards including an end zone look. Green is not a reliable target in this offense.

2018 Week 5 vs OAK (1 / 1 / 13 / 1 rec)

Green isn't a huge part of the passing game, but he did score the touchdown that essentially put this game away. The play action fake cleared out the entire left side, and Rivers flipped a pass over a couple of defenders to Green for the designed screen. Green then did a nice job of following his blockers in for the score. He nearly didn't make it to the end of the game, when he caught a short reception in the flat early on and took a massive hit to the head on the play. The catch was negated by a holding penalty anyway.

2018 Week 6 vs CLE (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Green wasn't a component of the passing game whatsoever, but he was singled out multiple times by the announcers for his tremendous contributions to the run game blocking.

2018 Week 9 vs SEA (3 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)

Green's primary role is that of a blocker. That said, his two receptions were as many as anyone not named Keenan Allen had. His first catch was just a short grab over the middle, but the second one was a wide open catch that he turned upfield for 22 yards in the second half. He had a chance for a third reception with the ball in his hands and a defender handfighting him for it. It looked like Green would bring it in, but eventually the defender won out and ripped the ball away.

2018 Week 10 vs OAK (3 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)

The announcers mentioned at one point during the game that Green reportedly said he likes to block more than he likes to catch the ball. That works out well for him, since he's been a key figure in the revamped rushing attack this season but still isn't a big factor in the passing game. He caught two balls today, both times as the last resort option for Rivers to drop the ball off to. And he didn't get any looks when the team was in the red zone.

2018 Week 11 vs DEN (4 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)

Green had a big gain early on, going for 26 over the middle as the Broncos lost track of him in the secondary. But he had a costly drop on a crossing route over the middle in the second half that likely would have gone for a first down, and he took a back seat in the passing game to Antonio Gates (who had his best game of the season).

2018 Week 15 vs KC (3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

Even with the offense missing Keenan Allen for much of the game, Green wasn't an important part of the passing game. Instead, it was Antonio Gates who picked up the passing game slack from the tight end spot.

2018 Week 16 vs BAL (2 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

Green caught just two passes for short gains. His second catch, coming early in the second quarter, was the first first down of the game for the Chargers. He was otherwise not featured in the offense, which is pretty standard for him.

2018 Week 17 vs DEN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Green was not a factor in the passing game, dropping a wide open crossing route on the team's opening drive but then wasn't heard from again.

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.

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 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 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 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 7 vs LAC (2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Green moved around the formation some, flexing out into the slot and even out wide on a few snaps, but he only drew 2 targets, collecting a short curl route in the 3rd quarter. Green got open down the right sideline on an out-and-up route shortly after, but he bobbled the pass and nearly had it intercepted after it clanged off his hands.

2017 Week 8 vs KC (2 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)

Green hauled in a shallow out early in the 2nd quarter and turned it up the sideline for a big gain. He flat-out dropped an easy catch for a big gain later in the 2nd, his only other target of the day.

2017 Week 9 vs PHI (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Green was active but uninvolved in the passing game. He was not targeted.

2017 Week 11 vs CIN (4 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

Green failed to capitalize on the absence of tight ends Derby and Heuerman, with recently promoted Austin Traylor doing the majority of the pass-catching from the tight end position. Green let an easy catch bounce off his chest in the 2nd quarter. Oweiler hit him on a short curl route from the left inline position in the 3rd quarter for a gain of 8, then a crossing route later in the 4th for another short gain.

2017 Week 12 vs OAK (3 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)

Green was the target on Lynch's 2nd quarter interception. He blocked a moment and then released into the flat as Lynch faked a handoff and rolled out left on a bootleg from the 1 yard line. Lynch's pass was ill-advised as Green was well covered, and a defender slapped it away, where it deflected off another defender before landing in the arms of a third laying on his back in the end zone. Green was overthrown by Siemian early in the 4th quarter on an out route, but the two connected on the next play for a big gain up the right seam, Green's only catch of the day.

2017 Week 13 vs MIA (1 / 1 / 36 / 0 rec)

Green saw plenty of snaps but was not very involved in the passing game. He secured his only target on a play action pass, lining up with his hand in the dirt and taking off on a deep cross route for a catch-and-run of 36 yards in the 1st.

2017 Week 15 vs IND (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Green started but was not very involved in the passing game. He was targeted once on a short out route at the end of the first half.

2017 Week 17 vs KC (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Green flexed out to the left slot and caught a quick curl route for 6 yards in the 3rd quarter, his only target of the day. Green finished the season with 14 catches as Denver continues to not place much emphasis on tight ends in the passing game.

2016 Week 1 vs CAR (5 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec)

Green dominated tight end snaps and was featured in every offensive formation, working in-line occasionally flexing out to the slot. He caught his first target of the night on the sidelines as quarterback Siemian scrambled away from pressure. The play converted 3rd and 10. Green caught a curl route for a short gain in the third quarter, failing to convert a 3rd and long. Green caught a tight end screen for a short gain later in the third quarter, and made a great leaping catch in traffic on the next play to pick up the first down. Green took a hard hit on the catch and was replaced by John Phillips for a couple of plays while he recovered on the sidelines. He did re-enter the game and appeared fine after that.

2016 Week 2 vs IND (3 / 3 / 46 / 0 rec)

After his first reception, Green used a nasty stiff-arm to spring himself free on an out route in the 2nd quarter, picking up 16 yards and a 1st down on 3rd and 8. Green picked up another big 3rd down conversion in the 3rd quarter down the left numbers. Green's third catch of the day was a big gain down the middle of the field late in the 4th quarter. Green lined up inline like a blocker and took off down the hash at the snap. Green caught all 3 of his targets, but didn't receive the volume that fantasy owners might have been hoping for with Demaryius Thomas supposedly hobbled by a hip injury coming into the game. Green injured his calf late in the game and was seen leaving the stadium in a walking boot. His status for next week is still unknown.

2016 Week 6 vs SD (4 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)

Green started at tight end for a the first time since injuring his calf a few weeks ago and had a quiet return with just 3 catches for 21 yards on 4 targets He drew his first target in the 3rd quarter while Siemian was scrambling away from Joey Bosa and several other defenders in his own end zone. He caught a short pass for minimal gain on a curl route in the 3rd quarter, and another short gain on a crossing route in the 4th. Green picked up a 1st down with reception on an out route during the Broncos' final drive of the game, and then another gain of 9 on an out route after the Broncos recovered an onside kick with seconds left in the game.

2016 Week 8 vs SD (6 / 4 / 55 / 0 rec)

Green's first reception of the day was a short screen pass to the left on the first play of the game. He caught a crossing route for an 8 yard gain in the 3rd quarter. Green hauled in an out route for a 13 yard gain late in the 3rd quarter from the inline position. He finished his day with a big catch down the numbers late in the 4th quarter for a 31 yard gain.

2016 Week 9 vs OAK (4 / 2 / 37 / 0 rec)

Green juggled a good pass that nearly resulted in an interception early in the 1st quarter. Had Green secured it, it would have converted a long 3rd down for the Broncos. Green picked up 11 yards on an out route in the last minute of the 2nd quarter. Green extended a 3rd quarter drive by hauling in a pass down the seam and rumbling 26 yards for a conversion on 3rd down. He could not convert his 4th and final target of the day.

2016 Week 10 vs NO (6 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

It was a slow day for Green, who was only able to corral 2 of his 6 targets. Green caught a short out route on the Broncos' final drive of the 1st half for a gain of 9, then opened up the 3rd quarter by breaking a couple of tackles and taking a tight end screen down the sideline for a gain of 15.

2016 Week 13 vs JAX (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Green could not secure his lone target in the passing game.

2016 Week 14 vs TEN (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Green was targeted deep down the left sideline on the Broncos' final offensive drive, but the ball bounced off his hands as he was making a tough diving effort for the catch.

2016 Week 15 vs NE (2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Green caught 1 of 2 targets for 9 yards before leaving in the 1st quarter of the game with a concussion. His first target was a curl route on Siemian's first pass attempt of the 1st quarter that Green could not corral. Green was concussed on his only catch of the day, another quick curl that he gathered before taking a hit to the helmet on the way to the ground.

2016 Week 17 vs OAK (4 / 3 / 17 / 1 rec)

Green, functioning primarily as an in-line blocker for most of the game, was wide open on a play action pass from the 2 yard line in the 3rd quarter. The score was Green's first of the season. His only score of the preseason also came on a goal line play action pass that left him wide open, with both touchdowns owing more to the misdirection of the play and proximity to the end zone than Green's talent or effort. Green also had an 8 yard reception over the middle in the 2nd quarter, and Green finished the day with 3 catches for 17 yards total.

2015 Week 2 vs KC (3 / 2 / 12 / 1 rec)

Despite scoring a touchdown, Virgil Green was barely a factor in Denver's offensive game plan. He only saw two other targets on the day, one time serving as an outlet on 2nd-and-short, and one time being overthrown on a crossing route in the red zone. Green functions primarily as a blocker for Denver, and will continue to receive targets inconsistently at best going forward.

2015 Week 3 vs DET (1 / 1 / 26 / 0 rec)

With Denver backing away from its run-heavy gameplans and shifting back to a shotgun-heavy approach, blocking specialist Virgil Green played on less than a quarter of Denver's 65 offensive snaps. He made the most of his lone target, breaking two tackles on a screen pass and rumbling 26 yards to set Denver up with first-and-goal from the two. Despite athleticism that jumps off the screen at times, though, Virgil Green will have difficulty achieving any fantasy value as long as he can't even get on the field.

2015 Week 8 vs GB (3 / 3 / 61 / 0 rec)

Ordinarily a blocking specialist averaging about 6 routes a game, Virgil Green saw his passing-game usage nearly doubled against the Green Bay Packers. "Nearly doubled" still left Green running just 12 routes, or just more than 1/3rd of Denver's passing plays, but Green made them count, catching three passes and finishing second on the team with 61 receiving yards. It remains to be seen whether his increased usage was the beginning of a meaningful trend, or merely a one-game aberration based on favorable matchups.

2015 Week 20 vs NE (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Green was on the field for 32 percent of the Broncos offensive snaps, mostly as a blocker. He was targeted just one time and did not make the catch.

2012 Week 8 vs NO (3 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec)

Green came in after Tamme was injured and immediately caught a quick out route for six yards. He then caught a quick pass in the flat wide open before sprinting down the sideline for a first down. Green caught exactly the same pass for another first down on the next drive as the Saints continued to leave him wide open.

2011 Week 4 vs GB (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Mostly used as a blocker and then at times a simple check down for Orton.

2011 Week 16 vs BUF (1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Green served as the team's #3 TE and caught a 9-yard pass on a dumpoff after a Tebow scramble in the third quarter.