Get all your news in one place.
100’s of premium titles.
One app.
Start reading
USA Today Sports Media Group
USA Today Sports Media Group
Jon Heath

Greg Dulcich’s blocking technique can improve, but ‘the willingness is there’

When the Denver Broncos picked UCLA tight end Greg Dulcich in the third round of the NFL draft last month, pundits were quick to note Dulcich’s receiving ability while also noting his struggles a blocker.

Dulcich has rebuffed the criticism of his blocking, dubbing himself a “great blocker” after the draft. Analysts clearly disagree. Perhaps the disconnect between opinions stems from Dulcich’s willingness to block. The tight end doesn’t shy away from it (and believes he’s good at it), but his technique could use refining.

“The willingness is there. The willingness is there,” offensive coordinator Justin Outten said last week. “The overall college mindset of being an effort guy [is there]. The technique has to come, and he’s going to get there pretty shortly.”

Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett also noted Dulcich’s willingness to block last week, so it’s clear that the coaches are on the same page.

Dulcich is known as a receiving tight end and having played a versatile role in a pro-style offense in college has already helped him in the NFL.

“He lined up all over the place [at UCLA],” Outten said. “In order to do that in any system, you have to be a smart player. Reading coverages is one of his strengths.”

The smarts are there and the receiving talent is well-known. Denver’s staff is hoping the blocking technique will soon following, making Dulcich a complete player.

Sign up to read this article
Read news from 100’s of titles, curated specifically for you.
Already a member? Sign in here
Related Stories
Top stories on inkl right now
Our Picks
Fourteen days free
Download the app
One app. One membership.
100+ trusted global sources.