Heuerman nabbed both of his targets for 24 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-10 loss to the Giants. Heuerman, the Broncos' third-round pick from 2015, finally scored his first career touchdown late in Sunday's blowout, stealing the ball from a crowd of defenders. That kind of red-zone presence has been missing in Denver as the offense's struggles inside the red zone continue. Look for Denver to maybe look Heuerman's way more, especially this week with Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) out of the lineup.
Heuerman (shoulder) was a full participant at Broncos practice Thursday. Heuerman was a limited participant Wednesday after sustaining the injury in Sunday's win over the Cowboys. The 24-year-old will likely remain behind starting tight end Virgil Green for Denver's Week 3 matchup with Buffalo.
Heuerman injured his shoulder during Sunday's victory over the Cowboys, Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post reports. The severity of Heuerman's injury hasn't been determined. He'll likely undergo further testing Monday, and it wouldn't be much of a surprise if he was a limited participant when this week's practices open Wednesday.
Heuerman nabbed one of two passes for 20 yards in Monday's win over the Chargers. Both of Heuerman's targets came early in the first quarter, including a 20-yard nab over the middle to help set up Denver's first touchdown. Head coach Vance Joseph said after the game that it was part of the Broncos' game plan to attack the Chargers' Cover-3 zone with tight ends up the seams. It has been offensive coordinator Mike McCoy's tendency to use multiple tight end formations to create mismatches. The only question will be which of the trio of Heuerman, A.J. Derby and Virgil Green will be the one to benefit most.
Heuerman has quietly had a strong camp, Troy Renck of Denver7 reports. Heuerman was drafted as the Broncos' tight end of the future in the third round of the 2015 draft and swiftly tore his ACL in rookie camp. Two years, the acquisition of A.J. Derby and the drafting of Jake Butt later, Heuerman is still an unknown commodity. Heuerman nabbed seven catches at a 13.3-yard-per-catch clip in the final three games of 2016. That's not much, but given Butt's recovery from ACL surgery, and Derby and Virgil Green both possessing somewhat incomplete skill sets, it wouldn't be a complete surprise for Heuerman to finally live up to his billing in 2017.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/22||@Los Angeles Chargers||3||4.00|
|8||10/31||@Kansas City Chiefs||10||6.00|
|10||11/13||New England Patriots||29||10.67|
|14||12/10||New York Jets||22||8.00|
|17||12/31||Kansas City Chiefs||10||6.00|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||16||9||141||0||7||15.67||14|