Yesterday in Miami, tight end Daniel Fells’ two catches couldn’t have been any different.
They also couldn’t have been more critical.
Fells’ first catch came with 56 seconds to go and the Broncos trailing by eight. Quarterback Tim Tebow fired a pass deep over the middle for the tight end, who laid out for a spectacular 28-yard catch between two defenders, spotting the ball at the Miami 3-yard line.
“It was one of those things where Tim was able to put it up and I was able to get around the linebacker manned up and dove, saw the ball and came down with the catch,” Fells said.
While Fells’ first reception prompted a full-out dive surrounded by defenders, the second catch two plays later simply required patience.
On second-and-goal, Tebow rolled left and lofted a backdoor screen pass across the field to Fells, who slipped off the line of scrimmage and waited for the ball to float into his arms with defenders nowhere in sight. He ran the remaining 3 yards into the end zone for the team’s second touchdown.
Thanks to Fells’ score and Tebow’s successful 2-point conversion thereafter, Denver tied the game and sent it to overtime.
“It was one of those things that was wide open,” Fells said of his touchdown grab, “and it felt like it took forever for me to get there.”
“It worked perfectly.”
The acquisition of Fells in the offseason has worked out quite well for the Broncos, and Head Coach John Fox has been impressed with what he’s seen from his No. 1 tight end thus far.
With his two catches yesterday, Fells now has 13 receptions and two scores on the season.
“Daniel, I think, brings a lot to the table,” Fox said at his press conference today. “He’s played the game. He’s not an old player, but he has experienced NFL football as a starter or as a contributor. Early on we saw that he had great football character, and he’s gotten more acclimated to what we’re doing. He’s gotten better each week.”