2011: Part of strong tight end trio. Adds strong blocking presence and receiving skills.
2010: Contributed as a back-up tight end and on special teams. Played in all 16 games and had 4 catches for 37 yards and 1 touchdown.
2009: In Heller's first year with Detroit, he had 29 catches on the year for 296 yards (10.2 avg.), which both set career highs, and recorded three touchdown receptions (ties single-season career high).
2008: Played in 12 games and was inactive for four with a knee injury. Recorded four catches for 29 yards (7.3 avg.).
2007: Played in all 16 games with 6 starts and had a season-high three catches on two occasions (vs. St. Louis, 10/21 and vs. San Francisco, 11/12). Of his three catches vs. the Rams, two were for touchdowns, a career-high.
2006: Saw action in all 16 games, posting four catches for 32 yards and one touchdown, fourth career, and added four special teams tackles. During the season, saw time mostly in two tight end sets and played fullback at Denver (12/3) and in the Divisional Playoff Game at Chicago (1/14/07) in place of Mack Strong (stinger).
2005: Went to training camp with Tampa Bay but was released and signed with Miami. Spent the first seven games of the season with the Dolphins, recording one catch for the Dolphins, a one-yard score at Buffalo (10/9). Returned to Tampa Bay November 5 but was declared inactive the rest of the season.
2004: Played in 10 games with two starts before being placed on injured reserve December 15. Caugth 12 passes for 98 yards and one score on the season.
2003: Played in nine games with one start. Tallied two catches for 15 yards and a score.
COLLEGE: Played in 39 games with 10 starts at Georgia Tech. Had 17 career receptions for 185 yards (10.9 avg.) with one touchdown. Started seven of 11 games his senior year and was used primarily as a blocker with six catches for 49 yards.
HELLER'S SINGLE-GAME BESTS
Each week it’s expected that Detroit’s tight ends Will Heller, Brandon Pettigrew and Tony Scheffler, will fill the three roles: pass receiving, pass protecting and run blocking.
Through the first four games, the production of the Lions’ running game hasn’t shown up stats wise (298 yards for 2 touchdowns) but that doesn’t mean that it hasn’t’ been effective.