Jeff Heuerman
Jeff Heuerman
26-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Denver Broncos
2018 Fantasy Outlook
The Broncos drafted Heuerman in the third round of the 2015 draft, convinced that the coaching staff could turn him into the receiver he never was in Ohio State's run-heavy attack. He promptly tore his ACL and now, three years and just 18 catches later, enters a contract year having proved little thus far. The good news is that Denver did not make any big plays for a tight end in free agency or the draft. The bad news is that 2017 draftee Jake Butt is turning some heads early in team activities. Heuerman is a willing blocker and has posted an impressive 15.7 yards per catch during his career, but it's fair to wonder why things will suddenly turn around now if they haven't already. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $9 million contract with the Broncos in March of 2019.
Staying in Denver
TEDenver Broncos
March 15, 2019
Heuerman is signing a two-year, $9 million contract to stay with the Broncos, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
ANALYSIS
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.
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How do Jeff Heuerman's 2018 advanced stats compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
24.5
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.49
 
% Team Air Yards
6.4%
 
% Team Targets
8.7%
 
Avg Depth of Target
5.5 Yds
 
Catch Rate
63.3%
 
Drop Rate
6.1%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
4.3
 
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How often does Jeff Heuerman run a route when on the field for a pass play?
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Jeff Heuerman
286 routes   48 targets
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54 routes   13 targets
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Jeff Heuerman's measurables compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 5"
 
Weight
255 lbs
 
Bench Press
26 reps
 
Hand Length
10.13 in
 
Arm Length
33.25 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
It might be sink or swim for Heuerman in 2017. Denver's 2015 third-round pick looked like he was heading into a plum position, the tight end of the future for then-head coach, Gary Kubiak, who loved utilizing the tight end. A torn ACL in spring practice derailed those plans, and Heuerman has yet to fully get back on track. He caught just nine passes last season for a solid 15.7 yards per catch. He'll have an opportunity to take a step forward in 2017, but he faces a logjam at the position. Virgil Green, a far better blocker than receiver, is still the favorite to start the season as the team's in-line starter. In the past year, Denver has also invested two fifth-round picks in other tight ends -- A.J. Derby in a trade with New England and Jake Butt in this year's draft. Derby most likely slots in as Denver's flex tight end in 2017 and if Heuerman doesn't overtake Green in the traditional Y position, Butt may move past him to do so in 2018.
Following the departure of Julius Thomas last offseason, the Broncos seemed to have addressed the tight end group by resigning Virgil Green and adding veteran Owen Daniels. Somewhat surprisingly, the team invested a third-round pick in Heuerman despite tight end not being a position of immediate need. He went down early in the offseason with a torn ACL, but is back in time to help replace Daniels this term. Heuerman didn't catch the ball much at Ohio State, just 52 times in four years, but head coach Gary Kubiak has said that Heuerman's ability to catch the ball exceeds his college production. With veteran Garrett Graham and Green, who has been used more in an H-back role, as his primary competitors, it would not be a surprise to see Heuerman lined up as the Broncos' top tight end come Week 1.
Heuerman was drafted in the third round (92nd overall) in this year’s draft to help fill the void left by Julius Thomas. However, he was never much of a pass-catcher at Ohio State, though his solid size (6-foot-5, 254 pounds) makes him a big target in the red zone. Unfortunately, Heuerman tore his ACL in his first practice, and will consequently miss the entire 2015 season.
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Ends season on injured reserve
TEDenver Broncos
Ribs
January 6, 2019
Heuerman ended 2018 with 31 catches, 281 yards and two touchdowns off of 48 targets.
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Headed to injured reserve
TEDenver Broncos
Ribs
November 27, 2018
Heuerman (ribs/lung) was placed on injured reserve by the Broncos on Tuesday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
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Confirmed out for the year
TEDenver Broncos
Ribs
November 26, 2018
Coach Vance Joseph confirmed Monday that Heuerman (ribs/lung) will miss the rest of the season, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.
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Likely done for season
TEDenver Broncos
Back
November 26, 2018
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.
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Exits with back injury
TEDenver Broncos
Back
November 25, 2018
Heuerman left Sunday's game against Pittsburgh with a back injury, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
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