The Broncos released Heuerman on Friday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
The Broncos have invested numerous draft picks on tight ends since Heuerman was selected in the third round in 2015: Noah Fant (2019 first round), Albert Okwuegbunam (2020 fourth), Troy Fumagalli (2018 fifth) and Jake Butt (2017 fifth). Over the past four seasons, Heuerman wasn't exactly productive, playing in 51 games but combining for a 63-678-5 line on 103 targets. He'll look to bolster a TE room elsehwere.
The Broncos drafted Albert Okwuegbunam in the fourth round of the weekend's draft, adding competition for Heuerman, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.
Heuerman was already on the roster bubble with the acquisition of Nick Vannett in free agency. Drafting one of Drew Lock's favorite targets at Mizzou may push the veteran off. Noah Fant and Okwuegbunam look to be the future at the position for Denver and Vannett provides a veteran presence. Add Andrew Beck as the only one of the bunch with H-back versatility, and it's hard to see where Heuerman fits, particularly as he can be cut with just a $500,000 cap hit.
The Broncos' signing of Nick Vannett could place Heuerman's roster spot in jeopardy, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.
Heuerman had a nice game or two as an underneath receiver for the Broncos in 2019, but he's never quite lived up to the expectations coming out of Ohio State in 2015. It now seems his TE2 role will be taken by Vannett, who was drafted by Seattle out of OSU in 2016. Vannett is mostly known as a blocker, but he put together some nice receiving performances in 2018. With Noah Fant leading the way and cheap, promising youngsters like Andrew Beck and Austin Fort at the bottom of the roster, it would seem there's only room for one of Vannett or Heuerman on the team. Cutting Heuerman would result in a cap hit of $500,000, but a savings of $3.9 million.
Heuerman caught 14 of 20 targets for 114 yards and a touchdown during the 2019 season.
Heuerman, not surprisingly, saw a drop-off in production with the rise of rookie first-round pick Noah Fant. Heuerman's 114 receiving yards were a career low despite him tying a career high with 14 games played. The Ohio State product had a couple of nice outings as a short, underneath target -- Week 2 against the Bears and Week 13 against the Chargers come to mind -- but his production was capped thanks to just one reception of 12 or more yards all season and one target inside the 10-yard line. He's a much-needed veteran presence in a young tight end room and may benefit from tight end enthusiast Pat Shurmur taking over as offensive coordinator in 2020. The question will be whether he can stave off young reserve tight ends including Andrew Beck, Troy Fumagalli and Austin Fort.
Heuerman caught both of his targets for 13 yards during Sunday's 27-17 win over Detroit.
Heuerman caught multiple passes for just the second time since Week 3. The veteran tight end has had slightly more production with Drew Lock under center (1.5 catches for nine yards per game) than he did with Denver's other passers (one catch for 8.7 yards per game), but even the improved stats don't inspire much excitement. Heuerman ends the season against an Oakland defense that held him catchless in Week 1.
Heuerman was not targeted during Sunday's 23-3 loss in Kansas City.
Despite not being targeted, Heuerman saw the field on 24 offensive snaps -- 41% of Denver's total. It's hard to read too much into Sunday's game given the Broncos' recent history against the Chiefs and the wintery conditions. Expect for him to return to his role as a decent underneath target and occasional red-zone option for rookie passer Drew Lock over the final two weeks.
Heuerman caught his only target, an eight-yard touchdown, during Sunday's 38-24 win over the Texans.
Heuerman extended Denver's hot start to three scores early in the second quarter, rolling out into the flat for a catch-and-run touchdown. It's still early, but rookie passer Drew Lock has been good for Heuerman, who led the team in targets in Lock's debut Week 13. The Broncos are also mixing it up and getting more creative on offense with Lock, with all four of the tight ends recording at least 15 offensive snaps Sunday, and Heuerman led the way with 30. He could see more Sunday against Kansas City depending on the status of rookie starter Noah Fant (foot/hip).
Heuerman caught three of five targets for 15 yards during Sunday's 23-20 win over the Chargers.
It's predictable for a tight end to serve as his rookie quarterback's security blanket, but many fans predicted it'd be Noah Fant helping out Drew Lock in his first start. Instead it was Heuerman tying Courtland Sutton for the team lead with five targets despite playing on just 28 of 57 offensive snaps, 13 fewer than Fant. All three of Heuerman's catches converted a third down. Converting third-and-twos isn't the path to fantasy glory, but Lock's reliance on him is worth noting, especially given the dearth of reliable targets on the roster behind Sutton. Next up is a trip to Houston and a matchup against the Texans' 28th-ranked pass defense.
Heuerman was not targeted during Sunday's 20-3 loss in Buffalo.
Sunday was Heuerman's first game in nearly a month as he battled through a knee injury. Even accounting for that three-game absence, Heuerman has been extremely quiet this season with just two catches since Week 3. Noah Fant's emergence and the team's use of two-back sets further limits the veteran's role. Next up is a matchup against a Chargers defense that has limited yards, mostly because they've been dinked-and-dunked on all season. Heuerman probably would be satisfied if he comes away with a dink.
Heuerman (knee) is active Week 12 against Buffalo.
Heuerman is set to see his first action since Week 8 and will presumably serve as the secondary option to starting tight end Noah Fant. Troy Fumagalli may also be in the mix after catching his first career touchdown last week against Minnesota, though it's likely he takes a step back with Heuerman on the active roster. Heuerman had just 11 total targets in eight games to begin the season, but it's unclear what his role might be following the switch to a new quarterback in Brandon Allen.
Heuerman (knee) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
Heuerman logged a trio of limited practices this week. The fifth-year tight end last suited up for game action Week 8 against the Colts. If Heuerman manages to retake the field against Buffalo on Sunday, he'll fill in as the No. 2 tight end behind Noah Fant for Denver.
Heuerman (knee) will likely be questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
Coach Vic Fangio said Heuerman's truly "50-50." His practice status will likely be closely monitored during the practice week, but the fifth-year tight end isn't fantasy owners' concern with just eight receptions for 78 yards this year. If he's unable to go, Troy Fumagalli will fill in as the No. 2 option behind Noah Fant again.
Heuerman (knee) won't suit up in Sunday's road contest against Minnesota, Ben Swanson of the team's official site reports.
Heuerman came into the contest with a doubtful tag due to the knee issue, so this news isn't quite surprising. It will be the Ohio State product's second straight missed game, and in his stead, Troy Fumagalli will be the team's No. 2 tight end for Week 11.
Heuerman (knee) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's tilt against the Vikings, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
Heuerman appears to be trending toward missing a second straight game due to a lingering knee issue. If he's indeed unable to suit up in Minnesota on Sunday, expect Troy Fumagalli to serve as Denver's No. 2 tight end behind Noah Fant.
Coach Vic Fangio said Thursday that Heuerman (knee) has a "50-50 or less" chance of suiting up against the Vikings on Sunday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
Fangio also evaluated Heuerman as being "just so-so" in Wednesday's practice, during which he was a limited participant. With rookie first-round pick Noah Fant fully healthy and coming off a career performance, the Broncos may not feel pressured to rush Heuerman back to action until he's back to full health. Troy Fumagalli would step up as the team's No. 2 tight end if Heuerman were forced to miss any more time.
Heuerman (knee) was a limited participant at practice Wednesday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Heuerman sat out Week 9 but appears to be in better shape coming out of Denver's bye week. The 26-year-old has primarily served as a blocker this season and should return to that role if he can play Week 11 versus Minnesota.
Heuerman has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Browns, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
With just eight catches (on 11 targets) for 78 yards in eight games to date, Heuerman is off the fantasy radar. His absence, however, could free up some extra snaps for rookie tight end Noah Fant, who saw a season-high nine targets in Week 8.
Heuerman (knee) will not practice Thursday, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.
Heuerman is nursing a knee issue sustained during Sunday's loss to the Colts, and he'll now miss a second consecutive practice. It appears as though Heuerman is trending towards sitting out Week 9 versus the Browns, in which case Noah Fant would likely be in line for a slight uptick in snaps.
Heuerman (knee) was listed as a non-participant for Wednesday's practice, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
Heuerman was forced to exit Sunday's game against the Colts, and was spotted using crutches following the clash. This news certinly doesn't bode well for his chances to suit up in Week 9, as he'll likely need to log at least a limited practice to play Sunday. If he can't suit up, rookie Noah Fant is in line to take over the lion-share of snaps at tight end.
Heuerman (knee) is slated to undergo an MRI on Monday, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.
Per the report, Heuerman was using crutches after Sunday's loss to the Colts, which suggests that he could miss some time. If that's the case, Noah Fant figures to see a few more looks in the Denver passing offense for any length of time Heuerman misses.
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