Tight Ends Have Been Key To Broncos Turnaround

November 30, 2012 4:41 PM

Tight Ends Have Been Key To Broncos Turnaround
" ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - 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 – as they were basically used as big bruising blockers in Tim Tebow’s read-option offense.

Enter Peyton Manning and exit the notion of such paltry production from the Broncos tight ends, who are oftentimes more of a slot receiver than a run-blocker in the four-time MVP’s world.

“Last year we had to de-emphasize the tight end’s role in the offense because of the style that we had to evolve to. And we were running the ball a heck of a lot more, so we spent the bulk of our time doing that,” tight ends coach Tony Barone said. “The focus this year shifted back to getting the tight ends more involved and being more of a focal point in the passing game.”

Fellow free agents Jacob Tamme and Joel Dreessen lead a new group of Broncos tight ends that has collected 70 catches for 657 yards and six touchdowns so far "

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