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Tight ends have been key to Broncos turnaround

Updated: November 30, 2012, 4:00 PM ET
Associated Press

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By ARNIE STAPLETON

AP Pro Football Writer

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Tight ends are no longer an afterthought in Denver's passing game.

In 2009, they had all of 27 catches.

Last year, that number was just 30 -- not a single one of them in the end zone -- as they were basically used as big bruising blockers in Tim Tebow's read-option offense.

Enter Peyton Manning and exit the notion of such paltry production from the ...

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