The Denver Broncos have a wealth of receiving threats for quarterback Peyton Manning to throw to, but he’ll have one less target to throw to during the preseason and maybe longer. Starting tight end Joel Dreessen is done for the remainder of training camp after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to clean up his left knee. He’s expected to miss the rest of training camp, as well as all four preseason games.
Fellow tight end Jacob Tamme is also on the sidelines, as he’s been dealing with a quadriceps injury that has kept him out of much of the last week of practices. Dreessen and Jacob Tamme combined for 93 catches, 911 yards and seven touchdowns last season.
August 8, 2011; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (80) walks off the field following the end of a training camp session at the Broncos Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
This has opened the door for one Julius Thomas. The Broncos selected him in the fourth round of the 2011 draft in hopes he could eventually develop into an NFL-caliber TE, and if the first week of training camp is any indication as to how far he’s come, he’ll be a player to watch for in 2013:
"Julius Thomas is dropping jaws, eluding linebackers, overpowering safeties and even holding his own when blocking All-Pro linebacker Von Miller. In one spectacular but increasingly typical half hour, he overpowered safety Rahim Moore for a touchdown that no DB in the league could have denied, somehow reached into the crowd and hauled in a pass on the sideline that safety David Bruton had batted away and then kept Miller from getting anywhere near Peyton Manning."
Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll believes defensive end Chris Clemons has a chance to be ready for Week 1. Clemons is on the PUP list after tearing his ACL and meniscus in the Seahawks’ Wild Card win over the Redskins in January. That would be an amazing recovery in such a short time, but amazing recoveries have become almost the norm in the NFL.