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Buckeye Pride: Could Ezekiel Elliott Pull TE Jeff Heuerman to the Cowboys?

has helped some of his college teammates from make it onto the roster in recent years. Could Tight Jeff Heuerman, just released by the Broncos yesterday, be the next former Buckeye to reunite with Zeke?

Like Elliott and Heuerman, Cowboys receivers and were on Ohio State's National Championship team in 2014. Zeke has been credited with helping get Brown drafted by Dallas in 2017, as well as advocating Smith when Dallas signed him last season.

A 3rd-round pick by Denver in 2015, Heuerman just hit yesterday when the Broncos released him to save cap space and after adding younger prospects. Denver has drafted several tight ends, including 2019 1st-rounder Noah Fant, in recent years.

Still, Heuerman is just 27 and has good size and athleticism for the position. He's played in 51 career games with 29 starts.

This isn't to say that Jeff would challenge in any way. His career up until now doesn't suggest that. But Heuerman could be competitive for a backup role in Dallas with only and currently possessing any real .

And of course, Heuerman would have to change his number. The Cowboys likely won't be letting any player, especially a TE, wear the number 82 anytime soon.

This topic may be moot as Dallas already has high numbers at the position. With a clear top three already in place, prospects Cole Hikutini, , and Charlie Taumoepeau are battling for just a possible fourth spot on the or the .

Adding a guy with Heuerman's experience in pedigree wouldn't be for that bottom tier of the roster. It would be to bolster the competition with Bell and Schultz for a real shot at making the team.

Having a connection to Ezekiel Elliott has helped other offensive skill players get to Dallas. We don't know if Zeke would vouch for Heuerman like he did for Noah Brown and Devin Smith, but winning a championship together tends to form strong bonds.

Could their Ohio State lead Elliott and Jeff Heuerman to become teammates again with the Cowboys? Given Dallas uncertainty at the TE position, it's hardly out of the question.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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