The Denver Broncos may not have a young Rob Gronkowski on their hands, but Jeff Heuerman has developed into a very solid NFL tight end.
The Denver Broncos might not have a young Rob Gronkowski in Jeff Heuerman, but they do have a very solid tight end capable of doing a lot of things really well.
With the team heading to a state of transition, John Elway and the front office are going to have to identify which players are going to be part of the rebuild and which players will be moving on after this season.
Heuerman was a third-round pick out of Ohio State in 2015 when Gary Kubiak was hired as the team’s head coach. The coaching staff, especially Kubiak, liked Heuerman. Heuerman suffered a major knee injury in his first rookie minicamp, and at the time, Kubiak had some big plans for him.
He said that Heuerman was going to be a big part of what the Broncos were doing in 2015 prior to the injury, and that even after the injury, he was going to be part of the team meetings obviously but also said he would have some involvement in coaching the tight ends.
Kubiak is now in a front office role with the Broncos and it has to be satisfying for him to see Heuerman’s potential finally start to manifest itself in on-field production.
He’s setting a new career-high in receptions with every pass he hauls in, catching 25 so far this season with only 18 total receptions in the two seasons before this year combined.
Heuerman has flashed potential time and time again, making some big plays in the passing game from 2016-2017 including a memorable touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts last season.
This year, however, that production has been more consistent and Heuerman is perhaps benefitting from a quarterback that finally understands how to get the ball out to open receivers.
Among his 25 catches this season are two touchdown grabs, and Heuerman has shown an ability to not only catch easy passes but also make some really tough grabs in traffic.
He’s very athletic, can make plays after the catch, and is a physical blocker in the running game.
Heuerman really has the whole package but the Broncos have only seen bits and pieces of it here and there. He’s finally starting to put it all together and therefore, the Broncos should think about making an investment in Heuerman moving forward.
There’s not a single player in the Broncos’ tight end room who doesn’t have some type of injury concerns right now including Heuerman, but it would be foolish of the Broncos to let go of a young, talented player like this coming off of the best season of his career.
Hopefully, Heuerman can continue to add to his career year and prove he belongs on this roster through the upcoming rebuild.