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Virgil Green enters his third training camp with the Denver Broncos after having been drafted by John Fox in the 2011 NFL draft.
Unlike his counterpart, Julius Thomas, who is well known for his receiving abilities, athleticism and potential, Green's strength is Thomas' weakness: blocking.
The Broncos' other two key tight ends, Jacob Tamme and Joel Dreessen, are not considered great blocking tight ends so that is one of the reasons why the Broncos kept Green on the roster despite his four-game suspension to begin the 2012 season.
Denver kept Tamme, Dreessen, Thomas and Green all on the roster during 2012.
The Broncos may not go that route for a second straight season. While Thomas is impressing at practices and Green is struggling during those same sessions, it doesn't improve Green's stock.
As mentioned earlier, Virgil is struggling with increased reps while Julius continues to separate himself.
In Kyle Montgomery's Day 6 recap of Broncos training camp on Mile High Report, he lists Green as his runner-up for "Who Lost Today":
Runner Up: Virgil Green. Green had a tough day of drops and at least one missed assignment that I saw, as well as the rough go in one-on-one pass pro I mentioned earlier.
If the Broncos don't see the benefits of keeping a blocking tight on the roster over a tight end who lacks blocking skills, but has unlimited potential on the receiving end, that blocking tight end may not see a third season in the orange and blue.