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.
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.
Heuerman is signing a two-year, $9 million contract to stay with the Broncos, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
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.
Heuerman ended 2018 with 31 catches, 281 yards and two touchdowns off of 48 targets.
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.
Heuerman (ribs/lung) was placed on injured reserve by the Broncos on Tuesday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
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.
Coach Vance Joseph confirmed Monday that Heuerman (ribs/lung) will miss the rest of the season, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.
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 over 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 so-so 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.
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.
Initially reported as a back injury, Heuerman's issue turned out to be far more serious. If Heuerman ends up being shut down for good, he'll finish the season 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 Heuerman's blocking duties. The Denver offense may become even more reliant on Phillip Lindsay and Emmanuel Sanders with Heuerman out of the mix.
Heuerman left Sunday's game against Pittsburgh with a back injury, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
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.
Heuerman caught four of five targets for 20 yards during Sunday's 23-22 win over the Chargers.
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.
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 three of six targets for 23 yards during Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Rams.
Heuerman finished Sunday first among all of Denver's skill players with 58 offensive snaps, his third consecutive game with at least 50 snaps. That hasn't turned into much production, however, as he has yet to score this season and has topped 25 receiving yards in just one game. A middle-of-the-road Arizona pass defense awaits Thursday.
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.
Heuerman was a limited practice participant Wednesday due to a knee injury, Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com reports.
With Jake Butt (knee) out for the season, Heuerman dominated the workload at tight end in Monday's 27-23 loss to the Chiefs, catching four of seven targets for 57 yards while playing 88 percent of the snaps on offense. He may have suffered the knee injury near the end of the game, as Matt LaCosse took the field for the final drive of the night.
Heuerman should be in store for increased role on offense beginning with the Broncos' Week 4 game against the Chiefs after fellow tight end Jake Butt (knee) was diagnosed Thursday with a season-ending ACL tear, Aric DiLalla of the team's official site reports.
Heuerman has been serving as the Broncos' starting tight end through the team's first three games, but he took a backseat in the passing game to Butt. The second-year player, who missed his entire rookie campaign while recovering from a torn ACL in his opposite (right) knee, had tallied eight catches for 85 yards on 13 targets, while Heuerman was limited to five grabs for 32 yards on eight targets. Butt's absence probably won't translate to a huge influx in snaps for Heuerman, but it does create a mild pass-catching void that Heuerman will likely help fill. The only other healthy tight end on the roster, Matt LaCosse, is mainly viewed as a blocker.
Heuerman caught two of four passes for seven yards during Denver's 27-14 loss in Baltimore.
With the Broncos driving for a comeback midway through the fourth quarter, Case Keenum saw Heuerman cutting across the middle, threw off his back foot and was picked off for a game-crushing interception. The play was bad, but it was a good show of confidence for Heuerman who has tallied just 32 receiving yards thus far this season. Neither he nor backup Jake Butt has been particularly memorable this season, yet Butt leads across receiving categories and logged just six fewer offensive snaps than Heuerman on Sunday. If Heuerman doesn't begin producing a little more in the passing game, he and Butt could switch roles.
Heuerman caught two of three targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 20-19 win over the Raiders.
Heuerman out-snapped No. 2 tight end Jake Butt by a 41-2 margin, but the latter had four receptions for 48 yards, including a key catch that led to a game-winning field goal. Though Heuerman has seen more playing time, Butt looks like the preferred pass-catching tight end and thus the more intriguing fantasy entity.
Heuerman hauled in his lone target, a gain of 15 yards, during Sunday's 27-24 win over Seattle.
The Broncos' tight end hierarchy has arguably been the team's least clear position battle. Sunday didn't clear things up too much. Heuerman logged starter-level snaps -- 60 in all -- to Jake Butt's 36, yet Butt was targeted four times to Heuerman's one. If Heuerman is getting more snaps, but fewer looks, is he really more valuable than Butt?
Heuerman (knee) recorded two catches for 21 yards during Saturday's preseason game against the Bears.
Heuerman returned to game action after sitting out Denver's preseason opener. The Ohio State product presumably enters the season as the team's starting tight end, but he has the likes of Jake Butt, Austin Traylor and rookie Troy Fumagalli (sports hernia) looming close behind. Given his experience, Heuerman figures to open the season as the starter.
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