Virgil Green

Virgil Green

Tight End #85
Team: Los Angeles 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: Lowest offensive snaps since '15

Green finished the 2019 season with nine catches for 78 yards and a touchdown.

Analysis: Green's 384 offensive snaps were his fewest since the 2015 season with the Broncos, so suffice to say the blocking specialist was hardly a factor in his second season with the Chargers. It's entirely possible the Chargers could opt out of the final year in Green's contract despite the fact he'll cost just $3.5 million against the cap, though the veteran's defined role in the offensive, as marginal as it may be, might be viewed a bit more valuable than a simple cap-cutting causality.

January 4, 2020 8:41 AM EST

Virgil Green: Picks up four yards in win

Green caught his only target, a four-yard gain, during Sunday's 24-17 loss to Oakland.

Analysis: Green's catch didn't come until the Chargers' final drive. The veteran tight end still hasn't caught multiple passes in a game since Week 16 of the 2018 season. It's been a disappointing season for Green and the Chargers and the Nevada product seems unlikely to put together a game worth looking forward to Sunday against the Chiefs. Green had an eight-yard reception against Kansas City in Week 11's 24-17 loss.

December 24, 2019 10:58 PM EST

Virgil Green: First catch since Week 11

Green caught his only target for 14 yards in the 45-10 win Sunday over the Jaguars.

Analysis: A three-score lead by the start of the second half allowed for the Chargers to feature their running game prominently, creating a couple of extra snaps for the run-blocking Green. The veteran tight end has simply not been a priority through the air, as Green is currently on pace to barely pass his 2014 numbers in which he caught just six passes and tallied 74 receiving yards despite plying close to 400 snaps with the Broncos.

December 10, 2019 7:21 AM EST

Virgil Green: Catches one pass

Green caught one of his two targets for 15 yards in the 24-17 loss Sunday to the Steelers.

Analysis: The return of Hunter Henry (knee) essentially relegated Green to a reserve blocker, as the veteran tight end played just 37 percent of his team's snaps compared to 77 percent the week before. Even as the No. 1 option at tight end, Green was hardly a fantasy focal point, and with Henry back, he should not be relied upon in any capacity.

October 14, 2019 12:51 PM EST

Virgil Green: Does almost nothing in loss

Green (groin) caught his only target for five yards in the 20-13 loss Sunday to the Broncos.

Analysis: Green was the only tight end to catch a pass Sunday, but this was hardly a revenge game for the long-time Broncos player. Considering the veteran has only ran routes on 70 percent of his snaps to date, it's clear the 31-year-old is little more than a blocking specialist in an offense that tends to only feature four players any given game.

October 8, 2019 7:48 AM EST

Virgil Green: Ready for action

Green (groin) is active for Sunday's game versus the Broncos.

Analysis: Green will return after a one-game absence, and he'll slot in as the starting tight end. His offensive upside -- three targets in three games -- has been disappointing despite Hunter Henry's (knee) absence, and Lance Kendricks -- who was targeted three times in Week 4 -- could cut into his chances.

October 6, 2019 11:42 AM EST

Virgil Green: Listed as questionable

Green (groin) is listed as questionable for Sunday's contest against the Broncos.

Analysis: Green has been able to practice in some capacity all week including a full participation Friday, so it certainly seems as if the veteran's game-time status is trending in the right direction. The 31-year-old has seen just three targets across 113 offensive snaps through three games, but considering injuries to Hunter Henry (knee) and Sean Culkin (Achilles) leave the unproven Stephen Anderson and veteran castoff Lance Kendricks behind Green on the depth chart, it's possible he could see a bit more action in the passing game if active Sunday.

October 4, 2019 12:40 PM EST

Virgil Green: Participating in practice Wednesday

Green (groin) returned to practice Wednesday, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: It wasn't revealed what capacity Green participated in, but practicing in any fashion gives him a decent shot to play Sunday versus the Broncos. If he suits up, Green should play plenty of snaps since the Chargers just sent Sean Culkin to injured reserve with a torn Achilles. However, his fantasy value isn't appealing with just two catches for 13 yards through three games.

October 2, 2019 2:07 PM EST

Virgil Green: Can't play Week 4

Green (groin) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Miami.

Analysis: With Green joining Hunter Henry (knee) on the inactive list, Sean Culkin and Lance Kendricks are the Chargers' healthy choices at tight end. The team also has a bunch of wideout injuries, with Mike Williams (knee) ruled out and Travis Benjmain (hip) listed as doubtful.

September 27, 2019 12:00 PM EST

Virgil Green: Misses another practice

Green (groin) is not practicing Friday, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Green has been a non-participant in practice all week. He appears to be trending towards missing Sunday's contest against the Dolphins, in which case Sean Culkin and Lance Kendricks would serve as the Chargers' top tight ends.

September 27, 2019 10:44 AM EST

Virgil Green: Sits during practice

Green (groin) didn't participate in Thursday's practice, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The groin injury Green picked up in the Week 3 loss to the Texans was believed to be minor, but his back-to-back absences from practice this week suggest that may not be the case. Green will have one more chance to prove his health during Friday's practice before the Chargers provide a final update on his status for Sunday's matchup with the Dolphins.

September 26, 2019 1:43 PM EST

Virgil Green: Not practicing Wednesday

Green (groin) did not practice Wednesday, Daniel Popper reports.

Analysis: Green exited Week 3's loss to the Texans early due to a reportedly minor groin injury, but he's not yet ready to resume practicing. With Hunter Henry (knee) sidelined Green has stepped up as Los Angeles' interim starting tight end. Sean Culkin and Lance Kendricks would see increased snaps if Green were forced to miss any time.

September 25, 2019 3:04 PM EST

Virgil Green: Groin issue viewed as minor

The groin injury that caused Green to exit early in Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Texans is considered minor, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Green's practice time this week may be restricted while he manages the injury, but he's expected to be ready to roll ahead of the Week 4 matchup with Miami. While starting the past two games at tight end in place of Hunter Henry (knee), Green has been limited mostly to a blocking role, drawing just two targets between the contests.

September 24, 2019 8:24 AM EST

Virgil Green: Exits Sunday's game

Green (groin) won't return to Sunday's game against the Texans.

Analysis: Green, who headed into Week 3 with two catches for 13 yards to his credit, did not record a catch prior to his exit from the contest. Next up for the team's tight end looks is Sean Culkin.

September 22, 2019 3:43 PM EST

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

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