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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 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

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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

Owen Daniels caught one pass for seven yards in the Ravens' Week 16 loss to the Texans.

He was targeted six times in his return to Houston, but Joe Flacco really struggled with his accuracy. He couldn't step into any throws with the Texans' pass rush hammering him at every chance. Daniels gets the Jaguars in Week 17.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 05:35:00 PM

Owen Daniels caught four passes for 62 yards and one touchdown in the Ravens' Week 15 win over the Jaguars.

He was targeted a team-high nine times against a Jaguars defense that has struggled at times to cover tight ends. Daniels scored the game's lone offensive touchdown, reeling in a three-yard score in the third quarter one play after securing a 29-yard catch. Daniels has days like these. He'll be worth streaming consideration in his return to Houston, along with OC Gary Kubiak, in Week 16.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 05:13:00 PM

Owen Daniels caught 2-of-2 targets for 27 yards in Baltimore's Week 14 win over the Dolphins.

Daniels has caught exactly two passes in four straight games, failing to eclipse 30 yards in the process. He's off the fantasy radar.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 06:12:00 PM

Owen Daniels caught two passes for 30 yards in Sunday's Week 13 loss to the Chargers.

The first play of the game was a tight end screen to Daniels, who actually looked surprisingly spry as he got loose for 21 yards. After that, his number was barely called even though Steve Smith was wiped out by Brandon Flowers. Daniels won't be a very strong fantasy play at Miami in Week 14.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 05:53:00 PM

Owen Daniels caught two passes for seven yards in the Ravens' Week 12 win over the Saints.

He was targeted five times, good for third behind Steve Smith Sr. and Torrey Smith, who each saw six passes come their way. It was the Smiths who were making things happen on the outside, however. Daniels will be a bottom-barrel TE1 in Week 13 against a Chargers defense that defends the position well.
Tue, Nov 25, 2014 12:18:00 AM