Heuerman hauled in 10 of 11 targets, racking up 83 receiving yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 19-17 loss to the Texans. 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.
Heuerman was targeted five times during Sunday's 30-23 loss in Kansas City, recording a 4-yard touchdown pass Heuerman helped bring Denver to within striking distance early in the fourth quarter, running a quick out and fourth-and-goal for a 4-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 looms against a Texans pass defense surrendering 240 passing yards per game, good for 12th in the league.
Heuerman did not record an offensive stat during Thurday's 45-10 win over Arizona. Heuerman nullified his only catch, a would-be 10-yard touchdown reception, due to his own pass interference penalty. The fourth-year pro remains the top tight end option in Denver, having logged 81 percent of offensive snaps on Thursday, but he has yet to turn his opportunity into fantasy production.
Heuerman caught two of four passes for 18 yards during Sunday's 34-16 loss at the Jets. Following a relatively impressive four-catch outing against the Chiefs, Heuerman fell back down to earth Sunday. However, with Jake Butt (knee) out for the season, Heuerman has a stranglehold on the starting job -- his 53 snaps trumping No. 2 Matt LaCosse by 34. The bad news: He's topped 20 yards just once this season. The Broncos might need to be aggressive on offense to keep up with the Rams on Sunday, but even then Heuerman is a tough start.
Heuerman (knee) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com reports. Heuerman's advancement to a full session just three days after the Monday night loss to the Chiefs suggests he's not in any danger of missing the Week 5 matchup with the Jets. The Broncos will likely dial up another hefty workload for Heuerman, who logged 87 percent of the Broncos' offensive snaps in the team's first game sans Jake Butt (knee). The 25-year-old also absorbed some of Butt's responsibilities in the passing game, hauling in four of seven targets for 57 yards, all of which were season highs.
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