The Denver Broncos will address tight end position this offseason. However, one player on the roster can change that. Could that be Jeff Heuerman?
It’s been an unwelcoming time for Jeff Heuerman with the Denver Broncos. Yet, he seemed to get better in run blocking as the season wore on. Better yet, Heuerman would catch passes every now and again. If Jeff Heuerman takes the reigns as A.J. Derby’s replacement, then he can split out wide if need be.
One play almost always does not secure a roster spot either that season or next. However, Heuerman’s touchdown catch and run was best moment of his short career. He separated himself well from the coverage with speed and quickness. It doesn’t change how the Broncos view their depth, but Jeff Heuerman can provide an impact on the roster. After all, he is not a free agent until 2019.
Here’s a surprising number about Jeff Heuerman. He had 141 yards receiving in 2016 and 142 in 2017. The only difference is two touchdowns this past season. Stats do not tell the whole story, but clearly it was a better season than 2016. Unfortunately, the Broncos might look into a different direction because of lack of production and injuries.
That said, there are better options currently in free agency and the 2018 NFL Draft. Heuerman certainly is a surprise candidate to be released. This means the franchise has lost patience in him. But, if same tolerance was applied to Julius Thomas, Heuerman could blossom. Moreover, it will not stop the Broncos from addressing the depth in the draft with Mark Andrews, Dallas Goedert, etc.
It is up to Heuerman to take a stranglehold of the opportunity. Sometimes the cheapest option is the best one as we look for Virgil Green to be on a new team next year.