Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 1/25/13
Part 4 of 9Position Breakdown: Tight EndsJoel Dreessen, 2013 base salary: $2.5 million: Signing Dreessen for three years and $8.5 million was one of the best investments the Broncos made in the off-season next to Peyton Manning. He was Denver’s most well rounded tight end and was rewarded with 300 more snaps on offense than Jacob Tamme. Mostly because of Dreessen’s demeanor blocking for the rushing attack. However, the former Colorado State Ram graded out in the middle of the pack in terms of effectiveness blocking for the ground game. He ranked 17th out of 35 starting tight ends for run blocking efficiency according to Pro Football Focus. However, Dreessen was the best pass blocking tight end in football this year as he was occasionally used to protect Peyton Manning when teams were bringing the blitz more. This statistic might be inflated because of Manning’s quick release and decision making. Still it is impressive. As a receiver he recorded 41 catches for 356 yards and 5 touchdo...
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