Joel Dreessen Heads Home

Patrick D. Starr

The Houston Texans lost another key piece to their 2011 playoff team, with tight end Joel Dreessen signing with the Denver Broncos. It was a 3-year deal worth $8.5 million dollars, and he went into Friday choosing between the Texans offer and the Broncos. The Colorado State alum returned to where he played his college and high school football.

Dreessen posted one his best statistical seasons for the Texans in 2011 with 28 catches for 353 yards and a team leading 6 touchdown catches. His real value was the fact he developed to be a good inline blocker for the Texans, and proved he could handle bigger linebackers in the run game. He will join newly acquired Peyton Manning in Denver, but looks like he might be in a backup role with the Broncos also brining in Jacob Tamme to rejoin his quarterback from Indianapolis.

The 6 year pro was picked up by the Texans in 2007 after he was drafted by the New York Jets in 2005 (6th round/198th overall), and given a chance by Head Coach Gary Kubiak to evolve into the player he is today. With Dreessen leaving it is expected that Garrett Graham will have an increased role heading into the 2012 season, and James Casey could possibly move back to his original position.

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