Jeff Heuerman

Jeff Heuerman

Tight End #82
Team:Denver
Ht / Wt:6'5" / 254 lb.
College:Ohio State
Age:24
Born:December 7, 1994
Drafted:2015 / Rd. 3 (92)
Draft Team:DEN

Jeff Heuerman: Snags four passes

Heuerman caught four of five passes for 21 yards during Sunday's 16-14 loss to Chicago.

Analysis: Heuerman trailed rookie Noah Fant in snaps again this week, this time 54-38, but still managed to see the field on about half of Denver's offensive plays. He was involved early, catching three of his passes during the game's first two drives. He remains a solid underneath option for Joe Flacco in an offense that likes to throw it to the backs and tight ends, but is unlikely to put up the kind of numbers warranting fantasy consideration.

September 16, 2019 4:01 PM EST

Jeff Heuerman: Eases back in opener

Heuerman was not targeted during Monday's 24-16 loss in Oakland.

Analysis: After dealing with a shoulder injury for much of training camp, Heuerman played only 21 snaps on offense Monday, 31 fewer than rookie Noah Fant. Fant had an uneven debut and so it wouldn't be surprising for the dependable veteran to get more snaps as he rounds into form in the coming weeks. Expect snaps to be divided a little more evenly in the coming weeks, though the advantage in snaps and targets should still reside with the rookie first-round pick.

September 10, 2019 7:51 PM EST

Jeff Heuerman: Not on injury report

Heuerman (shoulder) is not listed on Thursday's injury report, Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com reports.

Analysis: Heuerman appears fully recovered from his lingering shoulder injury and ready to suit up Week 1. It remains to be seen what sort of role Heuerman will play with rookie first-round tight end Noah Fant also on track to suit up.

September 5, 2019 3:26 PM EST

Jeff Heuerman: Back at practice

Heuerman (shoulder) participated in Tuesday's practice, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Heuerman has yet to suit up for preseason action due to a lingering shoulder injury, though he appears to be progressing in his recovery. The 2015 third-round pick's status for Thursday's final exhibition match against the Cardinals is murky at best, with the Broncos likely prioritizing his Week 1 availability.

August 27, 2019 9:10 AM EST

Jeff Heuerman: Missing practice again

Heuerman (shoulder) isn't practicing Thursday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Heuerman returned to practice last week but was held out of Monday's preseason win over the 49ers. He now appears questionable, at best, for Saturday's exhibition matchup with the Rams. Fellow tight end Noah Fant (ankle) also is absent, leaving Troy Fumagalli and Jake Butt with a nice chance to get some snaps with the starters.

August 22, 2019 1:33 PM EST

Jeff Heuerman: Unlikely to play Monday

Heuerman isn't expected to play in Monday's preseason game against the 49ers, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Since playing nine offensive snaps without a target in the Hall of Fame Game, Heuerman has missed some practices with a shoulder injury and the Broncos' two subsequent exhibitions. He'll have two more opportunities to suit up before the regular season, when he'll be attempting to fend off rookie Noah Fant and holdovers Troy Fumagalli and Jake Butt at tight end.

August 19, 2019 4:06 PM EST

Jeff Heuerman: Back practicing

Heuerman (shoulder) participated in the Broncos' practice Sunday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Heuerman sat out Thursday's preseason opener due to his shoulder injury but it doesn't appear the issue was too serious. He's expected to resume his role as the team's No. 1 tight end.

August 11, 2019 8:23 AM EST

Jeff Heuerman: Out Thursday

Heuerman (shoulder) won't play in Thursday's preseason game at Seattle, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: With Heuerman and Jake Butt (knee) out, the Broncos' tight end group has been whittled down to rookie Noah Fant, Troy Fumagalli, Austin Fort and Moral Stephens.

August 8, 2019 7:01 PM EST

Jeff Heuerman: Iffy for Thursday's game

Heuerman (shoulder) didn't practice Tuesday, the Denver Post reports.

Analysis: Per Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic,Heuerman may still play in Thursday's preseason game against the Seahawks, which is more than can be said of fellow tight ends Jake Butt (knee) and Bug Howard (ankle)

August 6, 2019 12:51 PM EST

Jeff Heuerman: Tops the depth chart

Heuerman is listed as Denver's top tight end on the team's first official depth chart.

Analysis: The Broncos have drafted three tight ends since taking Heuerman in the third round of the 2015 draft, including a huge splash move by drafting Noah Fant twentieth overall in April. Still, after signing a modest extension in March, Heuerman has continued to have a hold of the starting job. The Buckeye may just be keeping the Hawkeye's seat warm before Fant takes off in the near future, but in an offense that made George Kittle a star last season Heuerman could have surprising 2019 campaign.

July 30, 2019 7:12 PM EST

Jeff Heuerman: Could lose starting job to Fant

Heuerman is facing serious competition for snaps after the Broncos selected tight end Noah Fant with the 20th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Julia Maguire of FOX 21 News reports.

Analysis: Signed to a two-year, $8 million contract earlier this offseason, Heuerman was looking at minimal competition prior to Thursday night. His experience and solid blocking will give the 26-year-old a decent chance to retain the starting job at tight end, but the uber-athletic Fant is far more intriguing in the fantasy football universe. Heuerman was limited to a 31-282-2 receiving line in 11 games (10 starts) last season before three broken ribs and a bruised lung forced him to injured reserve in late November. It isn't the type of of injury that figures to have much impact on his 2019 preparation.

April 26, 2019 8:03 AM EST

Jeff Heuerman: Staying in Denver

Heuerman is signing a two-year, $9 million contract to stay with the Broncos, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Heuerman missed the final five weeks of 2018 after he suffered a bruised lung and three broken ribs, closing out the season with a 31-281-2 receiving line on 48 targets in 11 games (10 starts). He's never shown much upside as a pass catcher, but the 2015 third-round pick nonetheless profiles as the top option on a weak depth chart at tight end. Heuerman is backed by 2017 fifth-round pick Jake Butt (knee) and 2018 fifth-rounder Troy Fumagalli (sports hernia), both of whom also finished the season on injured reserve. The Broncos would be wise to bring in some competition during the upcoming draft, or perhaps even another veteran free agent.

March 15, 2019 9:57 AM EST

Jeff Heuerman: Ends season on injured reserve

Heuerman ended 2018 with 31 catches, 281 yards and two touchdowns off of 48 targets.

Analysis: The Broncos have been waiting since 2015 to see what they have in Heuerman and, just as he seemed to be finding a rhythm, he was lost for the season with injuries to his ribs and lungs. Heading into 2018, it looked like he and Jake Butt would both feature heavily in the offense. After Butt (ACL) was lost for the season early on, Heuerman became the main option and put together some quality performances, including a career-best 10 receptions in Week 9 against Houston. 2018 was easily the former Buckeye's most productive season, but he heads into free agency with Denver having not gained much from its former third-round pick and it's unclear if he'll return. If he does, it'll likely be as part of a tandem with Butt.

January 6, 2019 6:40 PM EST

Jeff Heuerman: Headed to injured reserve

Heuerman (ribs/lung) was placed on injured reserve by the Broncos on Tuesday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Heuerman was diagnosed with three broken ribs and a bruised lung Monday, so this news comes as no surprise. In 11 games this season, Heuerman showed big moments in the passing game and caught 31 of 48 targets for 281 yards and two touchdowns. With the Ohio State product headed to IR, Matt LaCosse, Brian Parker and newly promoted Temarrick Hemingway will handle duties at tight end for the Broncos going forward this season.

November 27, 2018 12:01 PM EST

Jeff Heuerman: Confirmed out for the year

Coach Vance Joseph confirmed Heuerman (ribs/lung) will miss the rest of the season, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.

Analysis: Diagnosed with three broken ribs and a bruised lung, Heuerman finishes the final season of his rookie contract with 31 catches for 281 yards and two touchdowns on 48 targets in 11 games. He had a couple big moments in the passing game and earned a solid reputation as a blocker, but his uninspired marks of 9.1 yards per catch and 5.9 per target could make it difficult to land a large contract this upcoming offseason. With the 2015 third-round pick headed for injured reserve, Matt LaCosse is left as Denver's top pass catcher at tight end, though Brian Parker is also a candidate to handle some of the vacated snaps.

November 26, 2018 2:30 PM EST

Jeff Heuerman: Out for season

Heuerman is expected to miss the rest of the season while recovering from broken ribs and a bruised lung, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Initially reported as a back injury, Heuerman's issue turned out to be far more serious, likely ruling him out for the rest of the season. If so, he'll finish the year with 31 catches for 281 yards and two touchdowns on 48 targets, highlighted by a 10-reception outing in a Week 9 loss to the Texans. The Broncos are left with Matt LaCosse as their top pass-catching tight end, while Brian Parker will ascend to the No. 2 role and likely handle some of the blocking. The Denver offense may become even more reliant on Phillip Lindsay and Emmanuel Sanders.

November 26, 2018 11:30 AM EST

Jeff Heuerman: Exits with back injury

Heuerman left Sunday's game against Pittsburgh with a back injury, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Heuerman was deemed questionable to return in the fourth quarter, exiting the game with two catches for 44 yards on three targets. An absence for Week 13 against the Bengals would push Matt LaCosse into a bigger role after he put up a 3-34-1 receiving line (on four targets) in Sunday's 24-17 win over Pittsburgh.

November 25, 2018 4:40 PM EST

Jeff Heuerman: Snags four passes

Heuerman caught four of five targets for 20 yards during Sunday's 23-22 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: It was a steep step off of Heuerman's career day against the Texans, but he's still tallied 21 targets over his past three games, just three fewer than the first seven games of the season combined. Without many established targets outside of Emmanuel Sanders and rookie Courtland Sutton, expect the targets to keep coming. Like all of Denver's pass-catchers, Heuerman's value is hampered by Denver's tendency to pound the ball in the red zone, but -- of the mere three touchdown passes Denver has completed in the past three games -- two have gone to Heuerman.

November 20, 2018 9:58 AM EST

Jeff Heuerman: Career day in loss

Heuerman hauled in 10 of 11 targets, racking up 83 receiving yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 19-17 loss to the Texans.

Analysis: The third-year man out of Ohio State destroyed previous career-bests in catches and yards (previous highs were four receptions and 57 yards), while accounting for his fourth career touchdown in a backbreaking loss to Houston on Sunday. When the Broncos pick up following a bye week Nov. 18 against the Chargers, it will be against a defense that ranks among the league's best units against tight ends, with 5.4 receptions surrendered per game to the position.

November 4, 2018 8:33 PM EST

Jeff Heuerman: Catches first touchdown of season

Heuerman was targeted five times during Sunday's 30-23 loss in Kansas City, recording a four-yard touchdown pass

Analysis: Heuerman helped bring Denver to within striking distance early in the fourth quarter, running a quick out and fourth and goal for a four-yard touchdown, just the third score of his career. Though he's enjoying his first extended look as the starter, the fourth-year tight end is averaging less than nine yards per catch on 15 receptions this season. He figures to get a small bump with the departure of Demaryius Thomas as he remains one of a small handful of veteran skill players in Mile High. A Sunday matchup against a Texans pass defense surrendering 240 passing yards per game, good for 12th in the league, looms.

October 30, 2018 9:12 PM EST

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