Broncos players and staff took part in a kickoff luncheon today to raise awareness for a number of charities. One player who talked about the day’s events was tight end Virgil Green. President and CEO of the Broncos, Joe Ellis, mentioned Green during his speech today, about his off-field work.
“It definitely meant a lot. I definitely did not expect that. I expected to come here, sit down, have lunch and talk with people. It was great to hear those kind words from Joe. But, what I do in the community, I don’t do it for recognition. I just do it because I enjoy it and because I love to see the smiles on kids’ faces. It was great to have the acknowledgement, but at the end of the day, I do what I do just to see the smiles on the kids’ faces.”
The Broncos matched wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders’ donation of $70K for Hurricane Harvey relief. Green sees the importance of the situation in Texas, and knows the team has the ability to help. Some of Green’s teammates, including Sanders, have family in Texas, which makes things seem more real.
“Obviously, we have guys with a lot of family down there. You see things on TV. You see how things are going down out there. I’ve heard numerous crazy situations that you hear that are happening down there. I think it’s important that we have a platform—we have the availability to give and offer help. It’s great to have guys like Emmanuel. I didn’t even know that Emmanuel was doing this. I don’t really look at Instagram. I don’t see what goes on too much from that standpoint. But, when I came into work the next day, the first thing Emmanuel did was trying to get money down there to Houston. He’s definitely taken this thing and went with it. He wants to help his people, so it’s a great thing to see.”
Green looks forward to the 2017 regular season under Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy. The 29-year-old tight end has 57 receptions for 616 yards and three touchdowns in his career since being drafted in 2011, but he said that he’s looking forward to something that is not recorded as much, in terms of statistics.
“I think it’s going to help me out tremendously from where it could place me in terms of blocking. When we get the run game going, it’s going to make the passing game [open]. I just think the way Mike talks, we’re going to be scoring a lot of points. … I’m definitely excited.”
McCoy was the offensive coordinator in Denver during 2009-2012, ad Green recalls that, “There are a lot of similarities. He’s kind of changed it up a little bit. There are things that he kind of changed when he went to San Diego. At the end of the day, he just wants to attack the weakness of the defense and he wants us to be able to understand what the weaknesses are. I think we’re going to do very well this year. There are a lot of similarities. I think there will also be a lot of carryover from what we’ve done in the past with this offense.” If that’s the case, it shouldn’t take Green very long to be at his best in McCoy’s offensive scheme.
Green is confident in his abilities as a tight end, and said that he “feel[s] that I am way more athletic than Antonio Gates and Henry. I just think if I get in the open field, get the ball, I can do a lot of things—still even six-seven years in the league.”
The tight end will do all he can to help quarterback Trevor Siemian and the Broncos improve from last season.