Jeff Heuerman
Jeff Heuerman
27-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Denver Broncos
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Heuerman posted a career-low 114 yards in 2019 despite starting a career-high 11 games. He appears to be the odd man out in the Broncos tight-end room following free agency and the draft. Noah Fant and Albert Okwuegbunam are the athletic young targets, and sophomore Andrew Beck is the H-back and a special-teamer. That leaves one spot for fellow Buckeyes Heuerman and Nick Vannett. The cap hits over the next two seasons make it nearly $3 million cheaper to cut Heuerman over Vannett. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the Broncos in March of 2019.
Gets company in tight end room
TEDenver Broncos
April 26, 2020
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
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How do Jeff Heuerman's 2019 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
7.3
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.26
 
% Team Air Yards
3.1%
 
% Team Targets
4.2%
 
Avg Depth of Target
5.1 Yds
 
Catch Rate
70.0%
 
Drop Rate
5.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
3.4
 
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How often does Jeff Heuerman run a route when on the field for a pass play?
This data will let you see how Jeff Heuerman and the other tight ends for the Broncos are being used. Some tight ends may have a lot of snaps, but they're not that useful for fantasy purposes because they're not actually running routes. This data will help you see when this is the case.
Jeff Heuerman
145 routes   20 targets
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76%
53 routes   17 targets
95%
53 routes   5 targets
95%
192 routes   17 targets
90%
192 routes   5 targets
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371 routes   65 targets
88%
68 routes   9 targets
87%
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2019 Jeff Heuerman Split Stats
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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
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2015
Heuerman posted career highs across the board last year, his third in the NFL, even though injuries limited him to 11 games. Playing 555 snaps, he saw 48 targets, though he was unable to show good metrics in terms of either catch percentage (63.3) or YPT (5.9). Heuerman is likely a sub-replacement level player, and he's unlikely to see as much work going forward if Jake Butt (knee), Troy Fumagalli and first-round pick Noah Fant are available.
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.
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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Faces threat from fellow Buckeye
TEDenver Broncos
March 22, 2020
The Broncos' signing of Nick Vannett could place Heuerman's roster spot in jeopardy, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.
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Ends season with 14 catches
TEDenver Broncos
January 26, 2020
Heuerman caught 14 of 20 targets for 114 yards and a touchdown during the 2019 season.
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Snags two passes in win
TEDenver Broncos
December 23, 2019
Heuerman caught both of his targets for 13 yards during Sunday's 27-17 win over Detroit.
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Targetless in loss
TEDenver Broncos
December 17, 2019
Heuerman was not targeted during Sunday's 23-3 loss in Kansas City.
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Scores first touchdown of 2019
TEDenver Broncos
December 9, 2019
Heuerman caught his only target, an eight-yard touchdown, during Sunday's 38-24 win over the Texans.
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