Virgil Green

Virgil Green

Tight End #85
Team:LA Chargers
Ht / Wt:6'3" / 249 lb.
College:Nevada
Age:31
Born:July 21, 1988
Drafted:2011 / Rd. 7 (204)
Draft Team:DEN

Virgil Green: Corrals lone catch

Green caught one of his two targets for nine yards in the 13-10 loss Sunday to the Lions.

Analysis: Green played all but eight of the team's offensive snaps, but similar to last season the veteran tight end was simply a blocking specialist with Hunter Henry (knee) out. The Chargers seem simply apt to avoid the tight-end position altogether in Henry's absence, as the No. 2 option, Sean Culkin, played just 16 snaps and did not register a target.

September 16, 2019 8:43 AM EST

Virgil Green: Starter duties on tap

Green is expected to be the Chargers' starting tight end with Hunter Henry (knee) expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks, Gilbert Manzano of the Orange County Register reports.

Analysis: While there's always a chance the Chargers try bringing Antonio Gates back for a 17th season, the team's preparing for Week 2's game versus the Lions with Green as their No. 1 tight end. Green split time with Gates when Henry was injured in 2018, but he didn't show any fantasy viability with just 19 receptions for 210 yards and a score over 16 games. While he's worth a look in deep leagues, the 31-year-old has never scored more than one touchdown in a season and has little upside.

September 11, 2019 12:42 PM EST

Virgil Green: Catches single pass

Green caught one pass for a four-yard gain during Sunday's 30-24 overtime win over the Colts.

Analysis: Green finished the game with a respectable 27 snaps, though significantly fewer than Hunter Henry's 58. Dating back to his days in Denver, Green has always been more of an asset blocking than catching, however, and so even decent snap total is unlikely to lead to much production. Through his entire career, Green has just three games of 50 or more receiving yards.

September 10, 2019 8:21 PM EST

Virgil Green: Makes catch in return to action

Green (leg) brought in his only target for 13 yards in the Chargers' 23-15 preseason loss to the Seahawks on Saturday.

Analysis: The veteran backup tight end was able to log his first action of the preseason after struggling with his leg injury for a good portion of the summer. Green is likely to reprise a complementary role he filled during his 2018 debut campaign in Los Angeles, one that saw him bring in 19 of 27 targets for 210 yards and a touchdown. While Hunter Henry is back in action and will see the majority of looks at the tight end position, Green figures to soak up a couple per game on average in his own right.

August 24, 2019 11:23 PM EST

Virgil Green: Set to practice Friday

Green (leg) will be a limited participant in Friday's practice, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Analysis: The specifics of what Green will be doing in practice Friday are still unknown, but it's a sign that the tight end is trending in the right direction after suffering a leg injury earlier in the week. Green's status for Saturday's preseason game against the Saints will likely be dependent on his participation over the next two days.

August 16, 2019 10:31 AM EST

Virgil Green: Not practicing Monday

Green didn't participate in Monday's practice, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Green sat out of Saturday's practice due to an undisclosed mild strain, though he appeared to have put the injury behind him by returning to the practice field Sunday. He'll be considered day-to-day until more details on his status become available.

August 12, 2019 7:26 PM EST

Virgil Green: Returns healthy

Green participated at practice Sunday,Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Green missed Saturday's practice with an undisclosed mild strain, but that evidently didn't linger long. The veteran tight end is firmly behind Hunter Henry on the depth chart and will likely be relegated to a blocking-specific role in two tight-end sets.

August 6, 2019 7:41 AM EST

Virgil Green: Suffers mild strain

Green suffered a "mild strain" in an undisclosed area, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The ambiguity surrounding the nature of the injury could be a cause for concern, but it's more than likely the Chargers just want to be cautious with their veteran tight end. Green figures to reprise his role as a run blocker in two tight end sets, with the returning Hunter Henry expected to gobble up a significant chunk of the target share left behind following Antonio Gate's departure.

July 30, 2019 2:18 PM EST

Virgil Green: Ready for No. 2 role

Green is excited to have Hunter Henry (knee) back in the fold for 2019, Hayley Elwood of the Chargers' official site reports.

Analysis: After missing the vast majority of the 2018 season to a torn ACL, Henry has re-established himself as the No. 1 tight end this offseason, pushing Green back to a No. 2 role. However, Green is a nice blocking complement to the receiving-oriented Henry, so there should still be plenty of playing time for both of them in 2019. With Antonio Gates no longer in the fold -- and only likely to be brought back if the injury bug were to bite Henry or Green -- the only remote competition Green legitimately has for snaps will come from another blocking specialist in Sean Culkin.

June 26, 2019 10:34 AM EST

Virgil Green: Gets rare touchdown

Green hauled in his lone target for a one-yard touchdown reception Sunday in the Chargers' 41-28 loss to the Patriots in the divisional round.

Analysis: Though Hunter Henry (knee) was cleared to make his season debut, the Chargers limited him to just 14 snaps, resulting in Green and fellow tight end Antonio Gates both maintaining fairly sizable roles in the game plan. While Green has typically seen the larger share of snaps this season, he trailed Gates by a 44-21 margin after the Chargers were forced into catch-up mode after falling behind big early. His run-blocking skills at least worked to his advantage as the Chargers reached the goal line midway through in the fourth quarter, when Philip Rivers hit a wide-open Green in the end zone after the Patriots sold out against the run. It was just the second touchdown in 18 total contests for Green, who will likely see an even more muted role in the passing game in 2019 once Henry is fully healthy.

January 14, 2019 9:43 AM EST

Virgil Green: Critical fumble despite win

Green caught his lone target for eight yards in the 23-17 wild-card win over the Ravens. He also coughed up a critical fumble.

Analysis: That fumble, which came on a play in the third quarter where Green attempted to fight for a first down, directly led to the Ravens scoring their first points of the game. That capped off what had been an otherwise ugly opening three quarters for Green, who missed at least two critical blocks in the first half which led to negative plays. The veteran tight end at least made up for it in the fourth quarter, aiding a Melvin Gordon run near the goal line which was subsequently converted into the Chargers lone touchdown, but it's safe to say Green has had better days. Antonio Gates (four catches, 35 yards) continued his role as lead receiving tight end Sunday, a fact which should come as no surprise to fantasy owners who hoped to utilize Green this season.

January 7, 2019 10:02 AM EST

Virgil Green: Snares two receptions

Green caught both of his targets for 12 yards in the loss Saturday to the Ravens.

Analysis: Believe it or not, the 12 receiving yards is actually Green's best figure since Week 11 as the veteran tight end has been used almost entirely as a blocking option in his first season with the Chargers. Somewhat miraculously, Green needs just 17 more receiving yards to set a career high, but that doesn't mean much for fantasy owners who expected more production from him in 2018.

December 24, 2018 11:53 AM EST

Virgil Green: Catches two passes

Green caught two of his three targets for nine yards in the win Thursday over the Chiefs.

Analysis: Green saw 38-year-old tight end Antonio Gates catch four passes for 54 yards, reaffirming what has been a troubling trend all season - that being the former's inability to make any headway in the passing game. Green will aim to beat his career high in receiving yards (237) during the final two weeks of the regular season.

December 14, 2018 1:51 PM EST

Virgil Green: Catchless in blowout win

Green failed to reel in his only target during Sunday's 45-10 win over Arizona.

Analysis: Green came into Sunday on a relative streak given his block-first reputation, catching two passes in three consecutive games. Sunday marked Green's third catchless outing of the season. Despite being known for his athleticism as a receiver in college, Green was always more effective in the run-blocking and pass-protection sectors in Denver, and that hasn't changed much in L.A. Sunday brings a visit to Pittsburgh's top-10 pass defense.

November 27, 2018 8:25 PM EST

Virgil Green: Catches two passes in loss

Green caught two of his four targets for 27 yards Sunday during the 23-22 loss to the Broncos.

Analysis: Antonio Gates was surprisingly dominant Sunday, tallying five receptions, 80 yards and a touchdown across just 27 snaps. That should just reinforce the notion that Green is merely second fiddle in terms of a receiving threat from the tight end position, as the veteran appeared in 68 percent of the team's snaps, but saw the fourth fewest targets of any Chargers pass catcher.

November 19, 2018 5:06 PM EST

Virgil Green: Catches two passes

Green caught two of his three targets for 30 yards in the 20-6 win over the Raiders on Sunday.

Analysis: Green has been utilized a bit more frequently as of late, recording a catch of 10 or more yards in back-to-back weeks. Of course, 58 receiving yards during that stretch isn't anything to write home about, but it's encouraging to see the veteran receive at least some semblance of targets after recording just two targets from Weeks 5-8. A return to Denver, where he played the first seven years of his career, likely doesn't make Green an attractive fantasy option next week.

November 12, 2018 12:02 PM EST

Virgil Green: Snares two passes

Green caught two of his three targets for 28 yards in the 25-17 win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: Sunday was actually one of Green's better games, as the veteran tight end had been held without a catch in each of the previous two games. Both Green and Antonio Gates have rarely been factors despite the Chargers high-scoring offense and remain low-end fantasy options even in deep leagues.

November 4, 2018 7:34 PM EST

Virgil Green: Fails to get a catch

Green failed to catch his only target in the 20-19 win over the Titans in London.

Analysis: Green was hampered by an injury to his ribs earlier last week, but the veteran tight end appeared to leave Sunday's contest without further damage. That's about the only good news for fantasy owners who utilized Green, as the 30-year-old failed to record a catch for the second straight game. Even if he's fully healthy, Green is rarely utilized on offense and has seen more than one target in just three games this season.

October 22, 2018 8:43 AM EST

Virgil Green: Clear of injury designation

Green (ribs) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Titans in London.

Analysis: Green began the week as a limited practice participant but apparently showed enough Friday to avoid the questionable tag. The 30-year-old should continue to see a heavy share of offensive snaps for the Chargers, although he mainly functions as a blocker while Antonio Gates remains the top-pass catching tight end.

October 19, 2018 8:57 AM EST

Virgil Green: Remains limited Thursday

Green (ribs) was a limited participant during Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Though Green's practice reps were restricted for the second straight day, the Chargers haven't indicated that Green's status is in peril for Sunday's tilt with the Titans in London. That said, a full practice Friday would likely alleviate any concern the Chargers may have about Green's health. The 30-year-old has handled the highest offensive snap share among the Chargers' tight ends this season, but he mainly acts a blocker while Antonio Gates functions as the top pass-catching option at the position.

October 18, 2018 9:15 AM EST

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