Joel Dressen, Virgil Green and Jacob Tamme all are looking behind their backs at a wide receiver converted to tight end — Gerell Robinson. Robinson is 6-foot-4, 220 lb. and played wide receiver at Arizona State University. The Denver Broncos signed Robinson to their offseason roster after the Super Bowl loss to the Seattle Seahawks, and quietly switched him to tight end to compete in training camp.
Following in the footsteps of Julius Thomas, Robinson was a basketball star at Hamilton High School in Chandler, Arizona. He lit it up with Brock Osweiler and the Sun Devils and could be a training camp gem for the Broncos. Denver signed Robinson as an undrafted free agent after the 2012 NFL Draft, but he was cut before the regular season and spent 2012 on the Arizona Cardinals practice squad before signing a futures contract with the Broncos again. Robinson was active and making a name for himself at the rookie mini-camps this Spring. He was the only tight end and had one-on-one guidance with Broncos tight end coach Clancy Barone.
If Robinson makes the 53-man roster, it will guarantee that the Broncos will release veteran tight end Joel Dressen, who is set to make $3.1 million in 2014. Dressen is getting starting tight end money, and with the lack of production, past injuries and younger players coming in, it would only make sense that Denver would release the veteran from Colorado State University. Also, with Green and Tamme in their final contract year with the Broncos, keeping Robinson around would help the Broncos in the future.
The battle behind Thomas will be a story to watch in Training Camp. With the Broncos keeping around six receivers, at least one tight end will be left out. I think Green will make the team solely on his great blocking technique, and Tamme will make the team because of his great relationship with Peyton Manning on and off the field. Robinson is a young, talented player who will more than likely have a bigger impact in 2015 and will leave Dressen looking for another team come September.