Heuerman with the Denver Broncos in 2016
|Date of birth:November 24, 1992|
|Place of birth: Naples, Florida|
|College: Ohio State|
|NFL Draft: 2015 / Round: 3 / Pick: 92|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* Denver Broncos ( 2015–present)|
|Roster status: Active|
|Career highlights and awards|
|* Super Bowl champion (50)|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2018|
Jeff Heuerman (born November 24, 1992) is an American football tight end for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Ohio State, and in 2015 won the CFP National Championship.
Early years[edit | edit source]
Heuerman was an avid hockey player growing up, playing the sport for eight years. He spent one year living in Detroit, with his grandfather, to play hockey for the Detroit Compuware team. He started playing organized football as a ninth grader at Barron Collier High School in Naples, Florida, where he also excelled in track and basketball. His teams won 3 district 3A titles in four years, while he garnered all-conference, all-area and all-district honors as a senior. He was also a team captain as a senior. Heuerman also participated in track & field as a shot putter (top-throw of 44'2" or 13.5 metres) and discus thrower (127'10" or 39.0 metres).
College career[edit | edit source]
Heuerman enrolled early at The Ohio State University, joining the Ohio State Buckeyes football team in January 2011. As a freshman, he played in 10 games, making his lone catch on the season against Florida in the 2012 Gator Bowl. As a sophomore, he played in all 12 games, including nine starts. He had eight receptions on the year for 94 yards, including his first collegiate touchdown, an 18-yard score against Nebraska. As a junior, Heuerman led all Buckeyes receivers by averaging 17.9 yards per reception with 26 receptions for 466 yards and four touchdowns, and earned himself conference honorable mention honors. As a senior, he had 17 receptions for 207 yards and two touchdowns.
Professional career[edit | edit source]
On December 14, 2014, it was announced that Heuerman accepted his invitation to play in the 2015 Senior Bowl, along with teammates Doran Grant and Michael Bennett. Unfortunately, Heuerman was unable to play in the Senior Bowl after suffering an ankle injury late in his senior season. He was one of 19 collegiate tight ends to attend the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was limited to performing the bench press and tied Penn State's Jesse James for second among all tight ends, behind Louisville's Gerald Christian. On March 13, 2015, Heuerman attended Ohio States pro day and performed the majority of combine drills. He attended a private visit with representatives from the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was projected to be a third or fourth round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts. Heuerman was ranked as the third best tight end prospect in the draft by Sports Illustrated and NFLDraftScout.com and was ranked the fifth best tight end by NFL analysts Charles Davis and Mike Mayock.
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2015[edit | edit source]
On May 9, 2015, Heuerman tore his ACL in rookie camps and was ruled out for the 2015 season. On June 4, 2015, the Broncos signed Heuerman to a four-year, $2.81 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $620,806.
On February 7, 2016, Heuerman was part of the Broncos team that won Super Bowl 50. In the game, the Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers by a score of 24–10. Heuerman did not play in the game due to injury.
2016[edit | edit source]
Throughout training camp, Heuerman competed against Virgil Green, Garrett Graham, Manasseh Garner, and Henry Krieger-Coble for the vacant starting tight end position after the departures of Owen Daniels and Vernon Davis in free agency. On August 17, 2016, Heuerman suffered a hamstring injury during practice and missed the entire preseason. Head coach Gary Kubiak named Heuerman the backup tight end behind Virgil Green to start the season.
He unfortunately missed the first two games of the season due to his hamstring injury. On September 25, 2016, he made his professional regular season debut in a Week 3 matchup at the Cincinnati Bengals and caught one pass for 29 yards in their 29-17 victory. He made his first career reception on a 29-yard pass by Trevor Siemian before being tackled by safety George Iloka in the fourth quarter. In Week 6, Heuerman was a healthy scratch after Virgil Green returned from an injury that caused him to miss three consecutive games. On December 25, 2016, Heuerman earned his first career start after Virgil Green and A. J. Derby were both declared inactive with injuries. He caught a season-high three passes for 32 yards during a 33-10 loss at the Kansas City Chiefs. He finished his first active season with nine receptions for 141 receiving yards in 12 games and two starts. This was also his last season under head coach Gary Kubiak after Kubiak retired due to health issues in the off season.
2017[edit | edit source]
Under new head coach Vance Joseph, Heuerman competed against Virgil Green, A. J. Derby, and Henry Kreiger-Coble for the starting tight end position. He was named the second tight end behind Virgil Green to begin the 2017 season.
On October 15, 2017, Heuerman caught two passes for 24 yards and a touchdown during a 23-10 loss at the New York Giants. He caught his first career touchdown on a 13-yard pass from Trevor Siemian in the fourth quarter. On December 14, 2017, he caught a career-long 54-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brock Osweiler in the Broncos' 25-13 victory at the Indianapolis Colts.
2018[edit | edit source]
Heuerman entered the 2018 season slated as the Broncos starting tight end. He played in 11 games with 10 starts, recording a career-high 31 catches for 281 yards and two touchdowns. In Week 12, he suffered three broken ribs and a bruised lung and was ruled out for the rest of the season. He was placed on injured reserve on November 27, 2018.
2019[edit | edit source]
On March 15, 2019, Heuerman signed a two-year, $9 million contract extension with the Broncos.
Personal life[edit | edit source]
Heuerman was born to Melissa and Paul Heuerman and has two younger brothers, Mike and Matt. His younger brother, Mike, played tight end at the University of Notre Dame.
References[edit | edit source]
- Washington Post - College Football Stats
- Hockey was Heuerman's first love
- Jeff Heuerman - Yahoo Sports
- "Jeff Heuerman 2011 Game Log" (in en). https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/jeff-heuerman-1/gamelog/2011.
- "Jeff Heuerman 2012 Game Log" (in en). https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/jeff-heuerman-1/gamelog/2012/.
- "Jeff Heuerman 2013 Game Log" (in en). https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/jeff-heuerman-1/gamelog/2013/.
- "Jeff Heuerman 2014 Game Log" (in en). https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/jeff-heuerman-1/gamelog/2014.
- Bill Landis (December 14, 2014). "Michael Bennett, Jeff Heuerman, Doran Grant accept Senior Bowl invites: What we learned about Ohio State vs. Alabama on Monday". https://www.cleveland.com/articles/14758175/michael_bennett_jeff_heuerman.amp. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
- Brandon Wright (February 20, 2015). "Ohio State TE Jeff Heuerman could fill a void for Cleveland Browns". https://www.cleveland.com/browns/index.ssf/2015/02/ohio_state_te_jeff_heuerman_co.amp. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
- James Brady. "NFL Combine 2015: Full results for tight ends". https://www.sbnation.com/platform/amp/nfl/2015/2/22/8087821/nfl-combine-2015-full-results-tight-ends. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
- "2015 NFL Draft Player Profiles: Ohio State TE Jeff Heuerman". http://www.steelersdepot.com/2015/04/2015-nfl-draft-player-profiles-ohio-state-te-jeff-heuerman/. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
- Mile Mayock (April 28, 2015). "Mike Mayock's final draft positional rankings". https://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000488475/article/mike-mayocks-2015-nfl-draft-position-rankings-50. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
- Charles Davis (April 1, 2015). "2015 NFL Draft prospect rankings by position". https://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000483055/article/2015-nfl-draft-prospect-rankings-by-position. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
- "Jeff Heuerman, DS #3 TE, Ohio State". http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=119738&draftyear=2015&genpos=TE. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
- Chris Burke (April 8, 2015). "2015 NFL draft positional rankings: Tight end". https://www.si.com/nfl/2015/04/08/2015-nfl-draft-tight-end-rankings-maxx-williams-clive-walford. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
- Mason, Andrew (May 9, 2015). "Third-round pick Jeff Heuerman suffers torn ACL in practice". DenverBroncos.com. https://www.denverbroncos.com/news/third-round-pick-jeff-heuerman-suffers-torn-acl-in-practice-15271894. Retrieved May 9, 2015.
- "Spotrac.com: Jeff Heuerman contract". http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/denver-broncos/jeff-heuerman-16817/. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
- "Super Bowl 50 - Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers - February 7th, 2016". Pro-Football-Reference.com. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/201602070den.htm. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
- "Ourlads.com: Denver Broncos' depth chart: 10/01/2016". http://www.ourlads.com/nfldepthcharts/archive/188/DEN. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
- Andrew Mason (September 6, 2016). "Broncos Injury Report: Bennie Fowler, Jeff Heuerman still sidelined". https://www.denverbroncos.com/news/broncos-injury-report-bennie-fowler-jeff-heuerman-still-sidelined-17625590. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
- "NFL Game Center: Week 3-2016: Denver Broncos @ Cincinnati Bengals". http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2016092502/2016/REG3/broncos@bengals. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
- "Talib, Marshall Among Inactive Against Chargers". October 30, 2016. https://www.denver.cbslocal.com/2016/10/30/talib-marshall-among-inactive-against-chargers/amp/. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
- "Broncos inactives vs. the Chiefs". https://www.denverbroncos.com/news/broncos-inactives-vs-the-chiefs-18339555. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
- "NFL Player stats: Jeff Heuerman (2016)". http://www.nfl.com/player/jeffheuerman/2552399/gamelogs?season=2016. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
- "Ourlads.com: Denver Broncos depth chart: 10/01/2017". http://www.ourlads.com/nfldepthcharts/archive/200/DEN. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
- "NFL Game Center: Week 6-2017: Denver Broncos @ New York Giants". http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2017101511/2017/REG6/giants@broncos. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
- "NFL Game Center: Week 15-2017: Denver Broncos @ Indianapolis Colts". http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2017121400/2017/REG15/broncos@colts. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
- Alper, Josh (November 26, 2018). "Report: Jeff Heuerman to miss rest of season". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports. https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/11/26/report-jeff-heuerman-to-miss-rest-of-season/.
- Swanson, Ben (November 27, 2018). "Broncos promote Temarrick Hemingway to active roster, place Jeff Heuerman on injured reserve, sign three to practice squad". https://www.denverbroncos.com/news/broncos-promote-temarrick-hemingway-to-active-roster-place-jeff-heuerman-on-inju.
- DiLalla, Aric (March 15, 2019). "Broncos agree to terms with TE Jeff Heuerman on new contract". https://www.denverbroncos.com/news/broncos-agree-to-terms-with-te-jeff-heuerman-on-new-contract.