Albert Okwuegbunam is ready to be promoted to No. 1 tight end, which came with the Russell Wilson trade.

When the Broncos acquired quarterback Russell Wilson last month, Albert Okwuegbunam received a promotion and correspondingly much higher individual expectations.

The blockbuster deal that brought Wilson to Denver included a trade for rookie tight end Noah Fant to Seattle. This paved the way for Okwuegbunam to take center stage in the season’s No. 1 tight end after recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament injury that limited him to four games as a rookie in 2020.

Okwuegbunam lives up to high expectations.

The Broncos believe in me and give me great opportunities,” Okwuegbunam told Olx Praca after a mini-camp workout on Tuesday. “And I plan to take full advantage of it.

After 11 interceptions for 121 yards and a touchdown in four games as a rookie before tearing his right cruciate ligament in a loss in Atlanta, Okwuegbunam had 33 receptions for 330 yards and scored two goals last year. His yards per target was similar, with 8.1 in 2020 and 8.2 in 2021.