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Broncos TE Quinn might get starting nod

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Alex Mayster
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By Alex Mayster

Following the March 2 release of veteran TE Daniel Graham, it appeared the Broncos were thin at the tight end position. That's no longer the case. After selecting Julius Thomas and Virgil Green in the draft, Denver now has five tight ends who will battle for playing time in 2011.

The way we hear it, TE Richard Quinn currently has a leg up on the competition. Quinn, who is entering his third seasonwith the team, was taken in the second round of the '09 draft in large part because of his strong blocking abilities. He has caught one pass in his career, but head coach John Fox has a history of using his tight ends as blockers and the team believes that Quinn has a lot of upside.

Veterans Dan Gronkowski and Daniel Coats also will compete for time, but the reserve roles are likely the rookies' jobs to lose. Although Thomas was drafted ahead of Green in April, a daily team observer said that Green appears to be the more football-ready of the two, and likely will have an easier time earning a roster spot. While Thomas might be relegated to the practice squad to begin the '11 campaign, we hear the Broncos believed that the former Portland State basketball player has the highest upside of the entire rookie TE class because of his athleticism and the fact that he played football for only one season.

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