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Owen Daniels | Tight End

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (32) / 11/9/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 245
College: Wisconsin
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Owen Daniels failed to catch any of this five targets in the Broncos' Week 5 win over the Raiders.
Daniels was the ultimate test to the Raiders' league-worst tight end defense, but the broken-down 33-year-old predictably face-planted in the dreamy matchup. Peyton Manning tried to get the ball to Daniels in the end zone twice, but had one pass batted at the line of scrimmage and the other was picked off in the end zone by Charles Woodson. Daniels can safely be dropped in 10-12 team leagues. Oct 11 - 8:34 PM

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Owen Daniels caught 2-of-5 targets for nine yards and a touchdown in Denver's Week 4 win over the Vikings.

One of Daniels' missed targets was a horrible third down drop on Denver's opening series. With the Broncos executing a brilliant play fake, Daniels was left completely uncovered on his touchdown. Through four games, Daniels finds himself on pace for 48/252/8. He's a wheezing TE2 option.
Oct 4 - 8:18 PM

Owen Daniels secured 5-of-9 targets for 28 yards and a touchdown in the Broncos' Week 3 win over the Lions.

Daniels played the majority of snaps over Virgil Green, who finished with one target. He caught a game-sealing 11-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Daniels will remain a low-end TE2 for Week 4 against the Vikings.
Sep 28 - 2:05 AM

Owen Daniels caught 3-of-5 targets for 19 yards in Denver's Week 2 win over the Chiefs.

Rotating targets with Virgil Green, Daniels has five catches for 24 yards through two games. Frankly, we thought he'd be snagging a few more passes than he is. If there's good news, it's that Daniels is out-snapping Green. Perhaps his production will increase as Peyton Manning finds his footing, but Daniels is looking like a barely-there TE2 for the time being.
Sep 18 - 1:01 AM

Owen Daniels caught 2-of-2 targets for five yards in Denver's Week 1 win over the Ravens.

It was a disappointing day, especially considering how often Peyton Manning was looking underneath. If there's a silver lining, it's that Virgil Green drew only one look. Daniels will be a mid-range TE2 for Thursday's game against the Chiefs.
Sep 13 - 8:26 PM

Owen Daniels caught one pass for three yards in the Broncos' third preseason game.

Daniels started and played ahead of Virgil Green, but he did not make an offensive impact. He now has five receptions for 28 yards this preseason. Daniels struggled to find weekly relevance with 78 targets last year, and it is not a given he gets that many opportunities this season. He is a TE2 at best.
Aug 30 - 12:13 AM

According to the Broncos' website, Owen Daniels and Virgil Green are "best viewed as a collective," and "could both end up with play counts that reflect being starters."

Most signs point to the Broncos becoming a two-tight end team under new coach Gary Kubiak, in large part to facilitate a more run-oriented offense. This would be a change from Denver's offenses under outgoing OC Adam Gase, which primarily leaned on three-receiver formations. Daniels is the better receiver, but Green could end up with as much or more playing time because of his superior in-line blocking ability. We suspect both Daniels and Green will be difficult to count on as week-to-week fantasy starters.
Jul 8 - 1:49 PM

Broncos signed TE Owen Daniels to three-year, $12 million contract.

Daniels was always expected to follow Gary Kubiak to Denver. Julius Thomas' departure left an opening at tight end, so the deal makes sense for both sides. Daniels wasn't much of a factor in Baltimore last season (48 catches for 527 yards), but if there's anyone who can bring him back to fantasy relevance it's Peyton Manning.
Mar 10 - 4:09 PM

The Broncos will host free agent TE Owen Daniels on Wednesday.

Daniels has spent his entire career with new coach Gary Kubiak. He would be a cheap replacement for Julius Thomas, who is headed to the Jaguars. Daniels is obviously a downgrade, but the Broncos aren't going to be nearly as pass happy under Kubiak as they were during Peyton Manning's 2012-2013 seasons.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 10 - 2:04 PM

The Broncos have shown interest in free agent TEs Owen Daniels and Ed Dickson.

It's a no-brainer as Gary Kubiak is installing his TE-reliant offense and Daniels has played his entire career for Kubiak, following him from the Texans to the Ravens. Dickson should be a fallback plan. Meanwhile, Julius Thomas is expected to sign a deal with the Jaguars Tuesday worth roughly $9M per year and Virgil Green is a free agent the Broncos are trying to retain.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 9 - 8:33 PM

Speaking Tuesday, coach John Harbaugh said free agent Owen Daniels has expressed a desire to re-sign with the Ravens.

All the dots suggest Daniels will follow ex-Ravens OC Gary Kubiak to Denver, but the Ravens have a big hole at tight end with Dennis Pitta's (hip) status uncertain. Although he's spent his entire career playing for Kubiak, Daniels will likely stay in Baltimore if the price is right.
Feb 24 - 3:02 PM

Free agent Owen Daniels has played his entire career with new Broncos HC Gary Kubiak.

The dots connect from Daniels to Denver. Julius Thomas will likely be too expensive for the Broncos to keep, leaving them with a need at a position Kubiak likes to feature. Daniels was only mediocre at best last season (48 catches for 527 yards), but catching passes from a healthy Peyton Manning (assuming he comes back) would certainly give him a boost. Injury-prone Dennis Pitta could see more targets if Daniels decides to leave Baltimore -- assuming Pitta can gain medical clearance.
Feb 12 - 10:49 AM

Free agent TE Owen Daniels said he thinks he has "a couple more" years left in him.

Daniels will turn 33 in November. He was reasonably effective following Dennis Pitta's season-ending injury, recording 56 catches for 638 yards and five touchdowns in 17 games (including playoffs). Obviously, Daniels was boosted by Gary Kubiak's tight-end friendly scheme and his familiarity with that offense. The Ravens will likely re-up Daniels as insurance on Pitta.
Jan 15 - 12:30 PM

Owen Daniels caught 4-of-11 targets for 41 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens' Divisional Round loss to the Patriots.

Daniels surprisingly led the Ravens in targets, drawing three more than Marlon Brown. There was a scary moment in the first half, as Daniels appeared to injure his neck. He ended up remaining in the game, missing only a few plays. Two months removed from his 32nd birthday, Daniels posted a 48/527/4 line as he played on a one-year, $1 million deal. He's a favorite of OC Gary Kubiak, and will almost certainly remain in Baltimore unless Kubiak bolts for a head-coaching job. Daniels' days of fantasy relevance are over, but he remains an effective "real-life" player.
Jan 10 - 9:08 PM

Owen Daniels had four catches for 70 yards in the Ravens' Wild Card win over the Steelers.

Daniels was able to get open against the Steelers at the short and intermediate levels. He was Joe Flacco's primary check down, drawing five targets. Daniels remains no higher than the No. 3 option in the pass game. The Ravens play the Patriots in the Divisional Round on Saturday.
Jan 4 - 1:13 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Peyton Manning
2Brock Osweiler
3Trevor Siemian
RB1C.J. Anderson
2Ronnie Hillman
3Juwan Thompson
GLB1C.J. Anderson
2Juwan Thompson
3RB1C.J. Anderson
2Ronnie Hillman
WR11Demaryius Thomas
2Andre Caldwell
3Bennie Fowler
WR21Emmanuel Sanders
2Jordan Norwood
3Cody Latimer
WR31Jordan Norwood
TE1Owen Daniels
2Virgil Green
3Mitchell Henry
LT1Ty Sambrailo
2Tyler Polumbus
LG1Evan Mathis
2Max Garcia
C1Matt Paradis
2James Ferentz
RG1Louis Vasquez
2Shelley Smith
RT1Ryan Harris
K1Brandon McManus