1. TE Virgil Green
If you look at Virgil Green‘s career just by the numbers then you might be surprised that he has lasted this long in the league. His receiving numbers for a tight end are very low, and typically, guys with this low of production don’t last very long in the league.
Green has had only two seasons in his NFL career with over 200 receiving yards, his career-high being 237. He has a combined 1,095 receiving yards and six touchdowns in his nine-year NFL career.
Green’s value is not in the receiving game, though, and instead is in his blocking, which is the entire reason why the Chargers signed him to a three-year deal before the 2018 season. As a backup tight end, especially while having a great pass-catching starter, all the Bolts really needed was someone who came in to block in two-tight end packages.
He was forced to play more snaps in 2018 because of Hunter Henry’s injury but the return of Antonio Gates still made him a blocking specialist.
Green is relatively old for the NFL. He turns 32 in August and his contract is up after this season. His blocking has wavered a tad with age and I think we see further regression that will eventually lead to his market dissolving next offseason and him retiring.
Green went from a career-high 78.8 pass-blocking grade in 2018 (per Pro Football Focus) to his worst rating since 2014, 66.5. He was used much more in run-block schemes, and in his 177 run blocks, he had a low 60.9 rating.