Heuer­man mak­ing most of larger role

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Kyle Fredrick­son

Jeff Heuer­man lined up at out­side wide re­ceiver against Kan­sas City on the Bron­cos’ most crit­i­cal of­fen­sive se­ries, trail­ing by 4 points with a minute left, when the fourth­year tight end made what should have been the most im­por­tant catch of his young ca­reer.

Heuer­man ran a deep seam route into the Chiefs’ zone cov­er­age, caught a dart from quar­ter­back Case Keenum in Kan­sas City ter­ri­tory and then rum­bled 15 yards through con­tact for a 36­yard gain. Of course, the Bron­cos’ come­back ef­fort fell short. The play erased from Den­ver lore for­ever.

Heuer­man, like his team­ mates, is frus­trated by now three con­sec­u­tive losses with the Rams ar­riv­ing Sun­day at Mile High. But ex­cuse his mo­men­tary smile when asked about in­still­ing fear in un­der­sized de­fen­sive backs on those long catch­and­runs.

“Tight end is a fun po­si­tion,” Heuer­man said.

Even more so when your role is es­sen­tial to the Bron­cos’ suc­cess, and for the first time in Heuer­man’s Den­ver ten­ure, he’s earned that recog­ni­tion. His 11 catches over five games al­ready eclipsed his to­tal from last year (nine). Heuer­man is also on pace to shat­ter his re­ceiv­ing yardage mark, too, with 107 gained en­ter­ing Week 6.

The ob­sta­cles to this point

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