Denver Broncos: Three players who have disappointed so far

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Jeff Heuerman
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 14: Jeff Heuerman #82 of the Denver Broncos makes a catch and runs for a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during the second half at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 14, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

Jeff Heuerman, TE

Despite struggling and missing practice with a knee injury, Jeff Heuerman was the top tight end on the Broncos’ first depth chart.


You’ve got Jake Butt staying after practice catching passes off the jugs machine, and Heuerman is unable to even get on the field.

Obviously, the severity of the injury he’s dealing with is enough that he literally can’t practice, even on a limited basis, so the Broncos are treading lightly.

Perhaps his inclusion with the starting offense on the depth chart is a sign the Broncos are looking to trade him and are unwilling to paint him in a negative light by pushing him way down behind guys like Matt LaCosse and Brian Paker.

Or, maybe the Broncos really do feel confident about the former third-round pick out of Ohio State.

He has 18 catches in the past two seasons and entering a contract year, he needs to be practicing and playing.