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Jeff Heuerman’s breakout season came
ENGLEWOOD Peyton Manning Jersey , Colo. (AP) — Jeff Heuerman’s breakout season came to a premature end Monday with word that he sustained broken ribs and a bruised lung in the Denver Broncos‘ 24-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.Heuerman is the third tight end the Broncos have lost this season. Jake Butt (knee) was injured in a special teams practice in September and rookie Troy Fumagalli has missed all season with a sports hernia.“Heuerman’s a big loss,” coach Vance Joseph said. “We’ve lost three guys in that room so far with Butt and Fumagalli and now Jeff. He was having a great year. He’s a great leader for that room. So, he’ll be missed.”Joseph also said outside linebacker Shaq Barrett will miss two to four weeks with a hip flexor and cornerback Tramaine Brock is day-to-day with a bruised rib.Heuerman had two receptions for 44 yards before getting hurt Sunday. For the season, he has 33 receptions for 281 yards, both career highs, and two touchdowns, tying his career best.Against Houston on Nov. 4, Heuerman set career highs with 10 receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown. That single-day total was higher than each of his season totals of nine catches in 2016 and ’17.A third-round draft pick out of Ohio State in 2015, Heuerman missed his rookie year with a knee injury and came into the 2018 season with just 18 career receptions for 283 yards and four TDsHeuerman John Elway Jersey , however, emerged as Case Keenum’s primary tight end target after Butt went on IR.The Broncos will now rely more on fourth-year pro Matt LaCosse, who scored his first career touchdown Sunday.The other tight end on the roster is Brian Parker, although fellow third-year pro Temarrick Hemingway might get called up from the practice squad.Barrett’s injury means more snaps for former first-round pick Shane Ray and former second-round pick DeMarcus Walker to back up starters Von Miller and Bradley Chubb.“We’ve got some options there,” Joseph said. “But obviously Shaq’s playing some good football. He played, in my opinion, the best yesterday out of all the rushers. So, he’s going to be missed. On special teams, also.” The dynamic tight end would instantly upgrade the Broncos offense."One prospect who had a pre-draft visit with the Broncos and could be taken in the first-round of the 2019 NFL Draft is former Iowa tight end Noah Fant. He is a 6-foot-4 Ronald Leary Jersey , 249-pount tight end who is considered one of, if not the best, tight end in the entire 2019 NFL Draft. He is ranked as the top tight end in the draft according to The Draft Network and is ranked as its 7th best overall prospect in the 2019 field. NFL Network’s lead draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah has Fant ranked as his 15th best prospect in the draft in his latest top 50 board. Fant played a total of three seasons at Iowa and was a productive tight end during that time. During his three-year career at Iowa, Fant totaled 78 receptions for 1,083 yards, and 19 touchdowns. This past year, he totaled 39 receptions for 519 yards, and 7 touchdowns.Here are Noah Fant’s 2018 accolades via First-team All-Big Ten by league coaches and second team by league media Second-team All-Big Ten by Phil SteeleThird-team All-America by The Associated PressSecond-team All-Big Ten by Associated PressOne of eight semifinalists for the John Mackey AwardNamed John Mackey Award Co-Player of the Week (with Iowa teammate T.J. Hockenson) for his play at IndianaJohn Mackey Award Preseason Watch ListPreseason first-team All-America by, Athlon Sports and Sporting News Preseason first-team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports Noah FantTight End | Junior | IowaHeight: 6’4” | Weight: 249lbs | 40-time: 4.5 secondsArm length: 33 1/2” | Hands: 9 3/4”Bench press: 20 reps | Vertical Jump: 39.5 inches | Broad Jump: 127.0 inches3-Cone Drill: 6.81 seconds | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.22 seconds | 60-Yard Shuttle: 11.49 secondsFilm Room:Scouting Report:Strengths:Excellent athletic abilityAthletic background in track and basketballSmooth and rangy athlete with good body controlHas desired size teams look for in a tight endSoft handsGood route runner with a diverse route tree Can line up outside Domata Peko Jersey , in the slot, inline, and in the backfieldJumped nearly 40 inches at the Combine so he has leaping abilityPlays like like an athletic wide receiver but at 249lbs Special YAC abilityDangerous in spaceMismatch nightmare for opposing defensesRed zone weaponWeaknesses:Smaller frame than your traditional tight endFunctional strength could be betterNot known for his blocking skills Noah Fant’s spider graph:Quotable:The Draft Network’s Kyle Crabbs on Noah Fant.“Noah Fant has the physical skills and receiving chops to be the next big thing at the TE position in the NFL. The league has never been friendlier to flex targets and Fant runs like a receiver and leaps like a basketball pro. Fant is a nightmare in space and will excel in a vertical passing offense that can implement him in the middle of the field. With soft hands and elite athletic ability, Fant should be a volume target at the NFL level and will have an impact fairly early into his pro career.” Does Noah Fant make sense for the Broncos in the first-round of the 2019 NFL Draft?He would be an excellent fit for the Broncos and any team for that matter.Listen, you’re not drafting Noah Fant to block. You’re drafting him to be a mismatch problem in the passing game and that is exactly what he is. You can draft a blocker in the late rounds, but Fant has the potential to be a once-in-a-generation talent. With newly hired Rich Scangarello running the offense and bringing Kyle Shanahan’s offense with him, the tight end figures to become a focus in the passing game. Look at what George Kittle is doing in San Francisco right now. Get a player like Fant in that offense and it will give the Broncos a weapon at tight end that they have lacked for quite awhile(excluding Peyton Manning made Julius Thomas). I know many of you would be against a tight end at 10th overall, but I think Fant(Hock too) are worthy of that selection. Add in their talent and the tight end position becoming more important for the Broncos and it makes sense.

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