Broncos Awarded TE Marcel Jensen Off Waivers

After losing third round pick Jeff Heuerman to a torn ACL over the weekend, the Broncos claimed TE Marcel Jensen off waivers from Jacksonville.

Tuesday, numerous players were roster casualties, as they were released by their present employers and awarded to other NFL teams via waivers. Among these transactions were the Denver Broncos being awarded an intriguing tight end prospect.

The Broncos claimed Marcel Jensen, a 6-foot-6, 260-pound tight end out of Fresno State, who has previous experience with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

While he only spent one season in Jacksonville as an undrafted free agent in 2014 and hauled in only one reception for eight yards, I am still familiar with his talents, as I watched him when he was in college and came away impressed with what I saw.

As a collegian for the Bulldogs, he was named to the Mountain West Honorable Mention team in 2012, and the conference's second team in 2013, while overall at Fresno State, he hauled in 48 receptions for 708 yards and eight scores in three seasons

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To me, he seems to be a rawer version of current Jacksonville tight end Marcedes Lewis, and perhaps that's why the Jaguars brought him in, thinking he could be a clone of the 2010 Pro Bowler.

While Jensen didn't work out in Jacksonville for whatever reason, if for nothing else, this may be a player the Broncos can further develop on the practice squad. Furthermore, if the Broncos loss of recent draft pick, tight end Jeff Heuerman, proves too much to handle, Jensen may prove to warrant a spot on the active roster.

It is the little things, the meticulous work behind the scenes, that can help teams on the cusp of championship potential get over the edge. If Jensen can help out sufficiently during the week with preparations, the Broncos will be that much more prepared for anything that lies ahead.

Thus, if nothing else, Jensen's presence should prove to be sufficient for the Broncos purposes. He'll have to contend with Owen Daniels, Virgil Green, James Casey, Joe Don Duncan and Dominique Jones, however.

Brad James is an analyst for You can find him on Twitter @BroncosItaly.

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