LA Chargers: Players who are helped/hurt by new offensive gameplan
By Jason Reed
Virgil Green: Helps
Virgil Green is the LA Chargers’ backup tight end and despite there being a lot of speculation at the tight end position, nobody is really talking about Green. There is speculation about the kind of season Hunter Henry can have with the preliminary discussion around whether or not the team should re-sign him.
There is also the speculation about Donald Parham, one of two XFL signings that the team had. Parham is huge, lengthy and is relatively quick, making him an exciting passing option if he pieces it all together.
Green is not that exciting as a tight end, perhaps that is why. He is not much of a target in the passing game with his game focused on the blocking aspect of the position. That is what he is on the roster for after all: he is a blocking specialist.
Green is going to get much more playing time in this mobile offense and even might get more short-yardage and red zone targets than before. The Chargers are likely going to run a lot of two tight end formations with Taylor under center and Green will undoubtedly be on the field more often than not.
His blocking is valuable for a team that is going to frequently move the pocket and bounce runs to the outside. Plus, Taylor has already shown earlier in his career that he loved targeting tight ends, which makes Green an option.
Will Green be some breakout tight end with a lot of receiving yards? Not even close. But he is likely going to play more snaps than he otherwise would have with Hunter Henry being healthy.