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Virgil Leo Green (born August 3, 1988) is an American football tight end for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Nevada and was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Virgil Green
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Green with the Broncos in 2017
No. 88 – Los Angeles Chargers
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1988-08-03) August 3, 1988 (age 31)
Tulare, California
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school:Tulare Union
(Tulare, California)
College:Nevada
NFL Draft:2011 / Round: 7 / Pick: 204
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Receptions:90
Receiving yards:1,017
Receiving touchdowns:5
Player stats at NFL.com

Early yearsEdit

Green is a graduate of Tulare Union High School, where he played on the Redskins football team.[1] He totaled 61 receptions for 1,014 yards (16.6 avg.) with 12 touchdowns during his career at Tulare, where he earned first-team All-East Yosemite League honors following his senior season. He had 13 catches for 245 yards and four touchdowns in a single game. In addition to football, he lettered four years in basketball and participated in track & field.

College careerEdit

Green played 50 career games (34 starts) at the University of Nevada and totaled 72 receptions for 939 yards (13.0 avg.) with 11 touchdowns while helping the Wolf Pack rank fifth in the nation with 500.2 total yards per game from 2007-2010. He recorded a personal-best 35 catches for 515 yards (14.7 avg.) with five touchdowns in his senior campaign to earn first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors. He was named the Nevada Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year as a junior in the 2009 season in addition to being selected to the All-WAC second team.[2][3]

Year School Class Games Rec Yds Avg TD
2008 Nevada Sophomore 13 14 164 11.7 1
2009 Nevada Junior 13 23 260 11.3 5
2010 Nevada Senior 14 35 515 14.7 5

[4]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 3 38 in
(1.91 m)
249 lb
(113 kg)
33 12 in
(0.85 m)
9 14 in
(0.23 m)
4.64 s 1.57 s 2.56 s 4.40 s 6.90 s 42 12 in
(1.08 m)
10 ft 10 in
(3.30 m)
23 reps
All values from 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.[5][6]
 
Green in his rookie season.

Green was considered to be a top tight end prospect for the 2011 NFL Draft.[5] At the 2011 NFL Combine, he was the top tight end performer in the broad jump and vertical jump categories.[7] Green was chosen in the seventh round with the 204th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.[8]

Denver BroncosEdit

As a rookie, Green had a limited role behind the main starter Daniel Fells and Julius Thomas.[9] He started three games and recorded three receptions for 24 yards on the 2011 season.[10]

In March 2012, Green was suspended for four games after failing a drug test. Green then began taking prescribed medication for ADHD before receiving approval from the NFL.[11] He remained in a limited role on the offense behind Joel Dreessen and Jacob Tamme.[12] He recorded two starts and five receptions for 63 yards.[13]

In the 2013 season, Green started three games and recorded nine receptions for 45 yards.[14][15]

On December 28, 2014, Green scored his first career touchdown reception, which was from quarterback Brock Osweiler, in a 47–14 win against the Oakland Raiders in Week 17.[16] On the 2014 season, he finished with six receptions for 74 yards and one touchdown on nine starts.[17][18]

On March 10, 2015, the Broncos re-signed Green to a three-year, $8.4 million contract.[19] In Week 2, against the Kansas City Chiefs, he scored a one-yard touchdown from Peyton Manning on Thursday Night Football.[20] On the 2015 season, he started five games and finished with 12 receptions for 173 yards and one receiving touchdown.[21][22]

On February 7, 2016, Green was a player on the Broncos team that won Super Bowl 50. In that Super Bowl, the Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers by a score of 24–10.[23][24]

In the 2016 season, Green started 11 games and finished with 22 receptions for 237 yards and one receiving touchdown.[25]

On September 17, 2017, in Week 2 against the Dallas Cowboys, Green had two receptions for 11 yards and a touchdown in the 42–17 victory.[26] In the 2017 season, he started all 16 games and finished with 14 receptions for 191 yards and one receiving touchdown.[27]

Los Angeles ChargersEdit

On March 14, 2018, Green signed a three-year, $8.6 million contract. The deal includes a $2.4 million signing bonus and $5.9 million guaranteed with the Los Angeles Chargers.[28] In Week 5, against the Oakland Raiders, he scored his first receiving touchdown as a Charger.[29]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tulare's Virgil Green is a Super Bowl champion". Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Advance-Register. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  2. ^ "McAlman, Green Earn Strength and Conditioning Awards". University of Nevada Athletics. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  3. ^ "Virgil Green College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  4. ^ "Virgil Green stats".
  5. ^ a b "Virgil Green, DS #7 TE, Nevada". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved April 27, 2011.
  6. ^ "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles - Virgil Green". nfl.com. Retrieved April 27, 2011.
  7. ^ Silva, Evan (February 26, 2011). "Nevada tight end Virgil Green creates buzz at Combine". profootballtalk.com. Retrieved July 5, 2011.
  8. ^ "2011 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  9. ^ "2011 Denver Broncos Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  10. ^ "Virgil Green 2011 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  11. ^ Associated Press (March 9, 2012). "3 Broncos suspended for violating NFL drug policy - WSJ.com". Online.wsj.com. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  12. ^ "2012 Denver Broncos Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  13. ^ "Virgil Green 2012 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  14. ^ "2013 Denver Broncos Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  15. ^ "Virgil Green 2013 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  16. ^ "Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos - December 28th, 2014". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  17. ^ "Virgil Green 2014 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  18. ^ "2014 Denver Broncos Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  19. ^ Payne, Scotty (March 10, 2015). "Broncos re-sign tight end Virgil Green". Mile High Report. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  20. ^ "Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs - September 17th, 2015". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  21. ^ "2015 Denver Broncos Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  22. ^ "Virgil Green 2015 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  23. ^ "Super Bowl 50 - Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers - February 7th, 2016". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  24. ^ "Broncos outlast Panthers, claim third Super Bowl title". NFL.com. July 21, 2015. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  25. ^ "Virgil Green 2016 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  26. ^ "Dallas Cowboys at Denver Broncos - September 17th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  27. ^ "Virgil Green 2017 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  28. ^ Henne, Ricky (March 14, 2018). "Chargers Agree to Terms on Three-Year Deal with TE Virgil Green". Chargers.com.
  29. ^ "Chargers' Virgil Green: Catches first touchdown as member of Chargers". CBSSports.com. Retrieved December 28, 2018.

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