ENGLEWOOD — 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.Coach Vance Joseph said on his weekly radio show that Heuerman has three broken ribs and would miss the rest of the season.Joseph also said outside linebacker Shaq Barrett will miss two to four weeks with torn rib cartilage. Woody Paige: Can Denver's emerging defense push the Broncos into playoffs?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.A third-round draft pick 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 TDs Paul Klee: This dramatic Broncos victory is for Shelby "Big Papa" HarrisHeuerman, however, emerged as Case Keenum's primary tight end target … [Read more...] about Broncos tight end Jeff Heuerman out for season after injury
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By Nolan Bianchi Special to The Detroit News Published 11:13 AM EST Nov 13, 2018 Ann Arbor — It’s almost a given that the mustachioed mug of defensive coordinator Don Brown will grace the screen of nearly every Michigan football broadcast. The crew’s color analyst might mention defensive line coach Greg Mattison and his exceptional work with the team’s unforgiving pass rush. And then there’s all the talk about former Florida head man Jim McElwain, who has the team’s receiving corps firing on all cylinders. But it’s first-year tight ends coach Sherrone Moore, who head coach Jim Harbaugh on Monday called one of the “rising stars of the profession,” who's subtly detailing an important spoke in the wheel of Michigan’s rolling offense. Tight ends Zach Gentry, Sean McKeon and Nick Eubanks all have expanded their roles as blockers under Moore — an important duty with a dual-threat quarterback … [Read more...] about Michigan tight ends embrace expanded roles under coach Sherrone Moore
By Allen Trieu Special to The Detroit News Published 11:24 AM EDT Nov 2, 2018 Michigan State’s quest for a tight end in the 2019 class has gone to the junior-college ranks now, as the Spartans extended an offer to Ventura (Calif.) College’s Travis Koontz. Koontz might be out on the West Coast now, but he has Midwest roots, having played in high school at Youngstown (Ohio) Ursuline. Out of high school, was committed to Bowling Green and was ranked by 247Sports as the top Mid-American Conference commit in his home state. After going to Ventura instead, Koontz saw several Power 5 offers come his way, including Pittsburgh, the school he was committed to until recently. In early October, he de-committed from the Panthers citing a lack of tight end usage in their offense, and Michigan State is one of the more recent schools to offer him a scholarship. At 6-foot-5, 250 pounds with a complete package of schools, Koontz projects as a player who can step in and … [Read more...] about Michigan State target Travis Koontz could make impact at tight end
Matt Charboneau The Detroit News Published 1:22 PM EDT Nov 1, 2018 East Lansing — For an offense that has made good use of its tight ends over the years, Michigan State had hardly noticed the position through the first seven weeks of the season. Entering last week’s game against Purdue, Michigan State’s tight ends had caught a grand total of nine passes. They did better than half that in the 23-13 victory over the Boilermakers, as sophomore Matt Dotson had four catches for 48 yards while fifth-year senior Matt Sokol caught one pass for 13 yards. For coach Mark Dantonio, the production was overdue. “It's about time, yeah,” Dantonio said with a smile this week. It’s been something the Spartans (5-3, 3-2 Big Ten) have talked all season about doing, but until last week, it simply hasn’t happened. There have been targets, for sure, but it hasn’t always resulted in much. While Dotson — a highly recruited prospect out of … [Read more...] about Michigan State tight ends jump into offensive mix
Rob Gronkowski and Travis Kelce are generally considered to be the two best tight ends in football, but as their two teams prepare to face off Sunday night, a growing number of people around the league are beginning to ask the question: In what order? In recent years, it wasn’t much of a dispute. The question wasn’t if Gronkowski was the best tight end in the NFL at the moment, but whether he was the best tight end in the league — ever. However, as the 6-foot-6, 265-pound Patriots tight end enters his ninth season, some say his counterpart on the upstart Kansas City Chiefs has caught up and perhaps even surpassed him this season. “No disrespect to Gronk, but Travis Kelce is the best tight end in football,” ESPN analyst Booger McFarland said during the Chiefs’ game last week on “Monday Night Football.” It’s a sentiment that’s been echoed several times recently by other current and former players. Through five games, Gronkowski … [Read more...] about Has Travis Kelce surpassed Rob Gronkowski as the best tight end in the NFL? Some experts think so.