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Jeff Heath

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Height: 
6-1

Weight:

212

Age

26
Saginaw Valley State
5 Years Pro

2017 Season

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TRANSACTION SUMMARY:

04/13/16:  Signed a four-year contract as a restricted free agent with Dallas through 2019.

05/10/13: Signed with Dallas as a rookie free agent.

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Biography

Considered a long-shot to make the team after signing with Dallas as an undrafted free agent, Jeff Heath defied the odds by not only making the active roster out of training camp, but playing in all 16 games and settling in as one of the team’s starting safeties in 2013. Heath started his rookie campaign as a special teamer and reserve defensive back, but finished the year with nine starts at strong safety. He was sixth on the squad with 60 tackles, tops with 13 special teams stops, and had a 50-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown, along with an interception, six breakups, one pressure and a forced fumble. He spent 2014 and 2015 as a reserve safety and special teams cover ace, finishing atop the special teams tackle chart in 2015 while also leading the defense with a career-high two interceptions. Heath mixed into the defensive back rotation in 2016, tallying 20 tackles while also playing on special teams. He hopes for a bigger role, and possibly a starting job, in 2017 as Dallas’ secondary lost three starters and a key back up in free agency.

 

2016:

  • Played in all 16 games for the second straight season, third overall, and tallied 20 tackles, two breakups and an interception while placing third on special teams with seven tackles.
  • At San Francisco (10/2) appeared in his 50th career game and had a pair of special teams tackles then had two tackles in the win at Green Bay (10/16).
  • Saw time on defense in the win over Washington (11/24) on Thanksgiving Day and tallied five tackles.
  • Intercepted a pass - his third career against the Bucs - in the win over Tampa Bay (12/18).
  • Had four tackles on defense and a special teams stop in the finale at Philadelphia (1/1/17).
  • Logged one of his best games as a pro in the Divisional Playoff Game against Green Bay (1/15/17), posting one tackle, his first career sack, a hurry, one pass breakup, an interception and a special teams tackle.

2015:

  • Played in all 16 games for the second time in his career and tied for the team lead with nine special teams tackles while posting 26 tackles and a team-best and career-high two interceptions as a reserve defensive back.
  • Had six tackles against Philadelphia (11/8), then had two tackles and two interceptions - the first multi-inter- ception game of his career and first Cowboy with two interceptions in a game since Bruce Carter in 2014 (at Washington, Dec. 28) - at Tampa Bay (11/15).
  • Topped 100 career tackles after a seven-stop performance on Thanksgiving Day against Carolina (11/26).
  • Forced a fumble on a punt return at Washington (12/7) that led to Dallas’ only touchdown of the game.

2014:

  • Played in 14 games and tallied 16 tackles as a reserve safety and eight special team stops.
  • Had three tackles as a reserve safety on defense and a team-best two special teams stops in the win over the N.Y. Giants (10/19).
  • Tallied three tackles on defense against Arizona (11/2) and two along with a team-best three special teams stops at Jacksonville (11/9) in London.
  • Had three tackles in the comeback win at the N.Y. Giants (11/23) but suffered a thumb injury in the first half.
  • Saw extended playing time with Barry Church (quad) slowed in the Divisional Playoff Game at Green Bay (1/11/15) and posted seven tackles and a breakup.

2013:

  • Earned a roster spot out of training camp as an undrafted free agent and played in all 16 games. Became a starting safety for the final nine games and finished with 60 tackles (sixth on the team) and a team-best 13 special teams tackles.
  • Made his NFL debut in the opening win over the N.Y. Giants (9/8), playing on special teams, and notched his first career stop.
  • Saw fourth quarter action in the win over St. Louis (9/22) and had three defensive tackles - the first three of his career.
  • Saw extended playing time, rotating at both safety spots through all four quarters at Philadelphia (10/20), and notched one tackle and one stop on special teams.
  • Had his first career start in place of J.J. Wilcox (knee) and led the team with 12 tackles at Detroit (10/27).
  • At New Orleans (11/10) started in place of Wilcox (knee) and was third on the team with a career-high 13 tackles with two pass breakups and a special teams stop.
  • Had eight tackles, his first career fumble recovery and touchdown (50-yard return) at the N.Y. Giants (11/24).
  • Intercepted his first career pass to go with three tackles, a hurry and a breakup in the come-back win at Wash- ington (12/22).

COLLEGE:

  • For his career, started 30-of-35 games, recording 219 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, seven interceptions and forcing and recovering four fumbles at Saginaw Valley State.
  • As a senior made the 2012 All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference first-team defense with 77 tackles, three tackles for losses, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, five interceptions and seven pass breakups while starting all 11 games.
  • Started all 11 games as a junior, earning second-team All-GLIAC honors after totaling 81 tackles, one sack, nine tackles for loss, forced and recovered one fumble, three pass breakups and had one interception for a return of 46 yards.
  • Appeared in eight games, starting seven, as a sophomore and ended the season with 49 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, one interception and recovered two fumbles.
  • As a freshman, appeared in five games and started one, recording 13 tackles, one tackle for loss, one intercep- tion, one deflected pass and forced and recovered a fumble.

PERSONAL:

  • Prepped at Lake Orion, Mich., High School where he was voted all-league, All-North Conference, all-state finalist, Big Play Player of the Year, recipient of the Big Stick Award for hardest hitter and team captain.
  • Majored in criminal science at Saginaw Valley State.

COMMUNITY:

  • 2013 Rookie Club presented by UnitedHealthcare.
  • 2013-17 Dallas Cowboys U High School Camp.
  • 2013 The Salvation Army YET Kaboom Playground Build.
  • 2014-17 Draft Day/Fan Appreciation Party.
  • 2014 NFL Play 60 clinic, London, England.
  • 2014 Fan Appreciation Pep Rally, London, England.
  • 2016 Fashion’s for First Downs Dallas Cowboys Women’s Charity Fashion Show.
  • 2016 Early Thanksgiving Day meal at The Salvation Army.
  • 2017 Taste of the Cowboys benefiting North Texas Food Bank.
  • 2017 Home Run Derby Competition benefiting the Salvation Army.
  • Annual Team Holiday Hospital Visits.
  • Kickoff Luncheon and Dallas Cowboys Family Cookbook benefiting Happy Hill Farm.
  • Salvation Army Angel Tree Christmas Program.
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas.

Stats

Career Stats

gamesdefense
seasonteamggstotalsoloastscksftypdefintydsavglngtdsfffr
2017DAL229810-1-----1-
2016DAL160231670-21---00-
2015DAL161252050-22---01-
2014DAL140181620-0-----0-
2013DAL1696047130031---011
TOTAL135107280084---031

Recent Games

defense
wkopresulttotalsoloastscksftypdefintydsavglngtdsfffr
2@DENL 17-425410-1-----1-
1NYGW 19-34400-0-----0-

defensive

yearteamgtotalsoloastscksftypdefinttdsydsavglong
2017DAL29810-1-----
2016DAL16231670-210191919
2015DAL16252050-220199.519
2014DAL14181620-0-----
2013DAL16604713003100-0
TOTAL 64135107280084038-19

fumbles

yearteamgfumlostffown fropp frown ydsopp ydstdoobsftytb
2017DAL2-----------
2016DAL16-----------
2015DAL16-----------
2014DAL14-----------
2013DAL16----1-11---
TOTAL 6400-01011000

rushing

yearteamgattatt/gydsavgyds/gtdlng1st1st%20+40+fum
2017DAL2------------
2016DAL16------------
2015DAL1610.1220.1021100000
2014DAL14------------
2013DAL16------------
TOTAL 6410220021100000

preseason

gamestacklesinterceptionsfumbles
wkgame dateoppresultggstotalsoloastscksftypdefintydsavglngtdsfffr
008/03/2017ARIW 18-20113210-0-----0-
108/12/2017@LAL 10-13110------------
208/19/2017INDW 19-24115500-0-----0-
308/26/2017OAKW 20-24111100-0-----0-
TOTAL 449810-0-----0-

regular season

gamestacklesinterceptionsfumbles
wkgame dateoppresultggstotalsoloastscksftypdefintydsavglngtdsfffr
109/10/2017NYGW 3-19114400-0-----0-
209/17/2017@DENL 17-42115410-1-----1-
TOTAL 229810-1-----1-

defensive splits - split by OPPONENT

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Denver Broncos15410-1-----
New York Giants14400-0-----

defensive splits - split by DIVISION CONFERENCE

splitgtotalsoloastscksftypdefinttdsydsavglong
Outside Own Division15410-1-----
vs AFC Teams15410-1-----
vs NFC Teams14400-0-----
vs Own Division14400-0-----

defensive splits - split by MONTH

splitgtotalsoloastscksftypdefinttdsydsavglong
September29810-1-----

defensive splits - split by STADIUM

splitgtotalsoloastscksftypdefinttdsydsavglong
AT&T Stadium14400-0-----
Sports Authority Field at Mile High15410-1-----

defensive splits - split by WIN/LOSSES

splitgtotalsoloastscksftypdefinttdsydsavglong
Losses15410-1-----
Wins14400-0-----

defensive splits - split by WEEKDAY

splitgtotalsoloastscksftypdefinttdsydsavglong
Sundays29810-1-----

Defense splits - FIELD TYPE

splitgtotalsoloastscksftypdefinttdsydsavglong
Grass15410-1-----
Turf14400-0-----

Defense splits - HOME/AWAY

splitgtotalsoloastscksftypdefinttdsydsavglong
Home Games14400-0-----
Road Games15410-1-----

Defense splits - POINT SITUATIONAL

splitgtotalsoloastscksftypdefinttdsydsavglong
Ahead4400-0-----
Ahead by 9-16 Points4400-0-----
Tied5410-1-----

Defense splits - HALF

splitgtotalsoloastscksftypdefinttdsydsavglong
1st Half6510-1-----
2nd Half3300-0-----
Last Two Minutes of Half4400-0-----

Defense splits - FIELD TYPE POSITION

splitgtotalsoloastscksftypdefinttdsydsavglong
Opp 49-20 - by Yard Line4400-0-----
Own 1-20 - by Yard Line1100-1-----
Own 21-50 - by Yard Line4310-0-----

Defense splits - QUARTERS

splitgtotalsoloastscksftypdefinttdsydsavglong
1st Quarter1010-0-----
2nd Quarter5500-1-----
4th Quarter3300-0-----

Defense splits - MARGIN

splitgtotalsoloastscksftypdefinttdsydsavglong
Margin 15+29810-1-----