Broncos roster review: Tight End Lucas Krull

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The up-and-coming tight end could have a major role in the Broncos offense this upcoming season.

After going undrafted in the 2022 NFL Draft, tight end Lucas Krull signed as an undrafted free agent with the New Orleans Saints. He spent time with the team during the 2022 season and eventually landed on their practice squad. He would make his NFL debut later that season and would sign a reserve/future contract with the Saints that following offseason. He stayed with the team throughout the 2023 offseason and despite leading all tight ends in catches and yards during the preseason, he was waived once again as the Saints were trimming down their roster to 53 players. He would then sign to the Broncos practice squad and eventually be added to the 53-man roster where he would turn some heads.

Krull ended up appearing in 7 games for the Broncos and received 2 starts. In those games, he totaled 8 receptions for 95 yards and 1 touchdown. He flashed his athletic ability and potential as a receiver and could be a receiving threat at tight end for the Broncos this upcoming season.

Now, Krull could be pushing for a key role in the Broncos offense. With former third-round pick Greg Dulcich unable to stay healthy, Krull has the opportunity to become the Broncos lead receiving threat in Sean Payton’s offense this upcoming season.

Player Profile

Lucas Krull | Tight End | Broncos | #85

Height: 6-6

Weight: 260 pounds

40-time: 4.54 seconds (Pro Day)

Vertical Jump: 35-inches

Experience: 25 years old

Age: 25 years old

2023 stats: Played in 7 games, had 2 starts and totaled 8 receptions for 95 yards and 1 touchdown.

How tight end Lucas Krull fits with the Denver Broncos

He has the potential to become a starter or at the very least, become the lead receiving threat at tight end. Former third-round pick Greg Dulcich was expected to fill that ‘Joker’ role in Sean Payton’s offense but his injuries have continued to keep him off the field. Now, Krull, who has a similar skill set could have an opportunity to fill that role.

Krull has had a standout offseason thus far and on top of that, he was invited to tight-end university where he could learn and develop even more. If you’re not familiar with Tight End University, it was founded in 2021 by Kelce, Kittle, and Olsen and is a three-day program that helps develop some of the young up-and-coming tight ends in the league.

Founded in 2021 by NFL Tight Ends George Kittle, Travis Kelce and Greg Olsen, Tight End University was created to bring the Tight End community together for an immersive three-day program. Over the course of the summit, attendees are able to bond, collaborate with, and learn amongst their peers while participating in a variety of activities including film study, on-field drills, recovery, rehabilitation, and more. In addition to current players, TEU also features several retired legends who provide attendees with the invaluable opportunity to learn from some of the best to ever play the game.

With Krull potentially having a larger role in the Broncos offense this upcoming season, this opportunity could be huge for him. He has already been having a strong offseason and this should help him continue his development as we head towards training camp.

Early in OTA’s, Broncos head coach Sean Payton was asked about Krull and he told reporters that “someday soon, they’re going to know who number 85 is” and that he has been looking sharp.

“I thought he’s had a good week. I said, ‘If you didn’t notice, everyone in the media was looking down at their rosters to see who number 85 was.’ I said, ‘Someday soon, they’re going to know who 85 is.’ He’s looking sharp.”

Later into the offseason, Payton was asked about the things he likes most about Lucas Krull. He responded by saying he is a bigger target with good vertical speed who still has room to grow his game and finished by saying “he is doing well”.

“The same things we see in Dulcich relative to we see a certain stature we like. So that means we have a bigger target. He has good vertical speed. He’s young, so we think there is room to grow. That was one of the reasons we signed him. So these camps benefit certain players—like I said the other day—a little bit more than others because you can get into your patterns and see some things. So he’s doing well.”

With former third-round pick Greg Dulcich dealing with hamstring and foot injuries and not being able to practice thus far this offseason, Krull has a chance to make some noise. We saw flashes of that last year when he was given a chance. He is a big target with athletic ability who has the ability to be a pass-catching weapon for the Broncos.

He is having a good offseason and now is learning from two of the best tight ends in the game. Hopefully, he picks up a few new tricks and techniques during this camp and has a monster training camp and preseason for the Broncos.

Final Thoughts

Training camp and the preseason will be huge for Krull who will be looking to build on the offseason hype he is receiving. He needs to continue to show he can be a threat as a receiver and hold his own as a blocker. Most importantly, he needs to stay healthy because any long-term injuries would certainly hurt his chances of becoming a key player on the Broncos offense.

With all that said, it is easy to buy into the hype. He is a large tight end who is very athletic, and nimble and flashed legit receiving potential last season. If he can continue to improve and thrive in Sean Payton’s offense, that would be a huge get for this team.

The Broncos have also shown some faith and hope in him as well. Sean Payton’s comments come off as someone who is excited to show what he has in Krull. The team also did not really address the tight end position this offseason. They re-signed Adam Trautman who is more of a traditional tight end and did not draft a tight end during the draft. For now, at least, Krull is their guy at tight end while they wait and see if Dulcich can stay healthy.

He is one of the players I am more excited to hear about during training camp and I hope he can live up to the hype.

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Title: Broncos roster review: Tight End Lucas Krull
Author: Scotty Payne

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