Broncos TE Joel Dreessen tweaks knee again, out two weeks

8/5/13 in NFL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsAnother injury to a starter leaves the Denver Broncos temporarily questioning their depth at tight end in early training camp and preseason. Veteran tight end Joel Dreesen is expected to remain out over the next two weeks after suffering a setback in his recovery from knee cap surgery this offseason.
 
The Broncos are currently without their top two tight ends from last season, Dreessen and Jacob Tamme, both of who did not dress up for Saturday’s scrimmage. Tamme has been with a strained quad since last week in training camp. The duo combined for 93 receptions with the Broncos in 2012, especially with Dreessen providing an offensive punch to Broncos last season.
 
Dreessen alone had 41 receptions with 356 yards and five touchdowns – with most of those scoring catches coming in the Red Zone. Joel was ranked as the top TE in the NFL with just one drop in 80 targets, per Pro Football Focus.
 
However with Dreesen and Tamme out, Julius Thomas who already took a significant amount of snaps with the first-team offense, also started at tight end with the No.1 offense on Saturday. Meanwhile, fifth-year veteran Virgil Green lined up at tight end with the second-team offense made a terrific catch on an 18-yard throw from Brock Osweiler. Newly acquired tight end Jake O’Connell also had a catch from No.3 quarterback Zac Dysert.
 
Additionally, in Dreesen and Tamme’s absence, both Thomas as well as Green are still expected to get amble opportunities to shine at the spot. However, make no mistake that mistake Joel Dreessen remains the Broncos’ top tight end on the roster, giving the team great flexibility in both 11 and 12 personnel as both a pass catcher and blocker.
 
The 31-year-old Dreessen is the third Broncos starter to go down with a significant injury since training camp opened two weeks ago. Center Dan Koppen is out for the season following a ACL tear and right cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is projected to miss at least another week while coming off a high ankle sprain.
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