Nathaniel Hackett: Albert Okwuegbunam played the whole game because he needs the reps

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While discussing the tight end Albert Okwuegbunam During training camp, Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett said the third-year player was “absolutely splendid” after taking over the offensive system in the spring and the team plans to use it everywhere this autumn.

Okwuegbunam had plenty of opportunities to show how the Broncos use him on Saturday. He was one of three potential offensive starters in uniform and played the fourth quarter against the Bills.

After the game, Okwuegbunam said he didn’t pay attention to when he was in the game and didn’t take being on the pitch so late in an exhibition game under “an negative light”. Hackett cited the need for Okwuegbunam to get as many reps as possible when asked about its use.

“Our tight ends are playing really well, the five guys we have, so we want to see them all,” Hackett said, via Ryan O’Halloran of the Denver Post. “There are guys who have played a little more football than others. Albert is a guy who needs reps.”

Okwuegbunam caught four passes for 32 yards and had a chance to work on his blocking, which hasn’t been a strength of his game in the past. If he continues to see big reps in the regular season, it will be a sign that Saturday’s approach paid off.

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