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Joel Heath DT

Detroit Lions

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February 19, 2021 12:04 AM
Lions' Joel Heath: Lands future deal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Lions signed Heath to a reserve/future contract Thursday.

Heath opted out of the 2020 campaign due to COVID-19 concerns and was cut by the Broncos early February. He'll now get a chance to stick with Detroit, where he stands to spend the offseason competing for a depth defensive end role.

February 3, 2021 09:52 AM
Joel Heath: Waived by Broncos
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heath was waived by the Broncos on Tuesday, Aric DiLalla of the team's official site reports.

Heath opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns and will now enter the free agent market after the Broncos decided to part ways with the defensive end.

August 26, 2020 11:00 AM
Broncos' Joel Heath: Opts out of 2020 season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heath was placed on the Broncos/ reserve/Opt-Out list Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Heath previously had been cut by the Broncos, so his decision to opt out led to his reinstatement to the team's roster and placement on the reserve list. The 27-year-old appeared in two games with the Texans in 2019.

July 30, 2020 03:48 PM
Joel Heath: Let go by Denver
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Broncos released Heath on Monday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Heath joined the Broncos as a waiver claim back in December and re-signed with the team in March, but he won't be making the trip to training camp. The 27-year-old was expected to serve as a reserve option along the Denver defensive line.

March 28, 2020 01:24 PM
Broncos' Joel Heath: Staying in Denver
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heath has re-signed with the Broncos, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Heath spent his first four seasons with the Texans but he was let go prior to the playoffs last season. He was subsequently claimed off waivers by the Broncos. While Denver did not tender the 26-year-old entering free agency, he will now have a chance to earn a role on their 53-man roster.

December 30, 2019 07:44 PM
Broncos' Joel Heath: Nabbed off waivers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Broncos claimed Heath off waivers via the Texans on Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

The 26-year-old appeared in just two games this year with the Texans, seeing a total of 36 defensive snaps. The Broncos had three defensive ends land on injured reserve during the year, so Heath will shore up some depth at the position heading into the offseason.

December 28, 2019 04:40 PM
Joel Heath: Cut by Texans
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Texans waived Heath on Saturday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Heath was a healthy scratch for the last two games, and he's only suited up for the Texans twice this year, logging 36 defensive snaps and zero tackles. The Texans still have four defensive ends remaining.

November 23, 2019 12:12 PM
Texans' Joel Heath: Re-signs with Houston
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heath was signed by the Texans on Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Heath had signed with Houston earlier in the month, then was released Thursday before re-signing after clearing waivers Friday. He is a one-time starter for Houston and knows the system, so he should fit in quickly.

November 21, 2019 06:16 PM
Joel Heath: Waived by Houston
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heath was waived by the Texans on Thursday.

Heath had to be let go as a result of the Texans signing Jonathan Owens off the practice squad. The 26-year-old's stay in Houston was a short one as he was only signed prior to Week 11. He has yet to appear in an NFL game this season.

November 17, 2019 12:08 PM
Texans' Joel Heath: Out Week 11
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heath (coach's decision) carries an inactive designation into Sunday's matchup with the Ravens.

Heath only signed with the Texans earlier this week, meaning he may still be unfamiliar with some of the team's defensive schemes. Angelo Blackson and Brandon Dunn figure to get starts at defensive end with J.J. Watt (pectoral) out for the remainder of the season.

November 12, 2019 08:56 PM
Texans' Joel Heath: Returning to Houston
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heath signed a contract with the Texans on Monday.

Heath was waived ahead of Week 1, but he's now being brought back at the expense of offensive lineman Dan Skipper. Heath will look to provide depth on a team scrambling to replace J.J. Watt (pectoral).

September 3, 2019 08:12 PM
Joel Heath: Let go by Texans
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Texans released Heath on Saturday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

This was a surprising move by the Texans, especially since they traded Jadeveon Clowney to the Seahawks. However, it signals they have faith in Angelo Blackson to fill the role opposite J.J. Watt. Heath is just 26 years old, so expect another franchise to pick him up for added depth on the defensive front.

March 12, 2019 12:52 PM
Texans' Joel Heath: Re-ups with Houston
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heath signed a one-year contract with the Texans on Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Heath made two tackles across five games with the Texans last season while playing a limited role on special teams. The 25-year-old will supply Houston's defensive line with depth in 2019.

August 26, 2018 01:40 PM
Texans' Joel Heath: Musters two tackles Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Health (undisclosed) made two tackles and one pass breakup during Saturday's 21-20 preseason loss to the Rams.

Heath is competing against Christian Covington for the No. 1 DE job. If Heath falls short, he will be used in a rotational setting similar to last season, when he made 24 tackles and one sack.

May 23, 2018 01:08 PM
Texans' Joel Heath: Sits out beginning of OTAs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heath (undisclosed) didn't participate in OTAs on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

It's not certain what's bothering Heath, as he was healthy for the final seven games of 2017. Heath has worked as a depth lineman for the past two years, but he is slated to start opposite J.J. Watt on the Texans' defensive front in 2018.

November 25, 2017 05:36 PM
Texans' Joel Heath: Won't carry injury designation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heath (knee, illness) will not carry an injury designation into Monday's game against the Ravens.

Heath has been battling the knee injury for a few weeks, but it appears the undisclosed illness is what kept him sidelined at Friday's practice. Regardless, the 24-year-old appears ready to go for a depleted Texans' front seven that needs as much help as it can get.

November 24, 2017 09:28 PM
Texans' Joel Heath: Misses Friday's practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heath didn't practice Friday because of a knee injury and an illness.

Heath missed three games due to the knee before returning to play 15 of a possible 58 defensive snaps in a Week 11 win over the Cardinals. He has 11 tackles and one sack over seven games.

November 19, 2017 11:40 AM
Texans' Joel Heath: Suiting up Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heath (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

Heath will suit up for the first time since Week 6 against the Browns. The second-year pro has yet to play significant defensive snaps, but due to injuries on the Texans' defensive front, he may be in for a high snap count Sunday. However, it's quite possible Houston keeps his snap count low since he only practiced as a limited participant all week.

November 17, 2017 09:36 PM
Texans' Joel Heath: Questionable for Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heath (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

Heath was a limited participant in practice this week and appears to be nearing a return after missing three straight games. The 24-year-old will likely be a game-day decision, with Angelo Blackson and Carlos Watkins slated for increased snaps if he cannot play.

November 15, 2017 05:32 PM
Texans' Joel Heath: Limited participant Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heath (knee) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

Heath has missed the last three games, but his upgrade to a limited participant bodes well for his chances to play Sunday against the Cardinals. Due to the Texans' injury woes on their defensive front, Heath may slot into the lineup as a starter Sunday. However, he's been removed from the lineup for so long, fantasy owners may want to wait to see what he's worth before picking him up.

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Career Defensive Stats
SeasonTeamGGSTKLTLKASTSACKSINTYDSLGDTDPASS DEF
2020DET00000000000
2019HOU21000000000
2018HOU50220000000
2017HOU13924177100000
2016HOU126853200000
Total321634 24.010 300-00
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-6/302
Birthdate:
06/18/1993
Age:
27
Hometown:
Cincinnati, OH, USA
School:
Michigan State
NFL Experience:
4
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