TE Tony Scheffler - Free Agent
|6-6, 260||Born: 2-15-1983||College: Western Michigan||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2006|
2013 Week 3 vs WAS (2 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
Scheffler was a seldom-used possession target with two short targets. Both were defended quickly by the Washington defenders, including one that was stuffed for a loss on third down. Rookie Joseph Fauria looks to be getting incorporated into the offense more than Scheffler.
2013 Week 4 vs CHI (2 / 1 / 22 / 0 rec)
Scheffler converted a quick slant into a big gain with yards after the catch on his lone reception against the Bears. On his only other opportunity in the passing game, Scheffler dropped a third down target. The Lions had to settle for a field goal on the drive.
2013 Week 5 vs GB (7 / 4 / 55 / 0 rec)
Scheffler had more targets in this game than the previous four weeks combined. He was used as a split-out receiver with regularity. While he possesses the ability to beat linebackers and safeties down the field, his glaring inconsistency was apparent against Green Bay. Scheffler contributed two big receptions late in the game, but Detroit was already down by multiple scores. Earlier in the fourth quarter, Scheffler dropped a pass on a key third down.
2012 Week 1 vs STL (8 / 5 / 30 / 0 rec)
TE Scheffler - Like many receiving options on this team, Scheffler benefitted from the high number of pass attempts from QB Stafford on Sunday. However Stafford turned the ball over a lot and this also hurt guys like Scheffler that are good redzone threats and is one of the reasons Scheffler was not able to score against the Rams. Scheffler had a few big catches down the field, using his amazing concentration and ball tracking ability to snag the ball out of the air for big gains. He caught decent plays on seam routes, posts, deep ins over the middle. Scheffler almost had a huge gain on the fade route late in the game but the ball was not completely accurate and it fell incomplete. Scheffler had to compete with a lot of targets in DET but QB Stafford attempted so many passes on Sunday that even a backup TE can have decent games, narrowly missing out on a big play that would have greatly increased his production.
2012 Week 2 vs SF (3 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Tony Scheffler had some opportunities to make plays for his team on Sunday but they were always just out of reach for the TE. He had a shot early in the game on a deep pass play into the endzone but the 49ers DB made a terrific play to bat the ball away from Scheffler. The Lions offense then struggled to generate any offense and Scheffler rarely even got targeted with the ball. Scheffler did have another shot at the endzone late in the game, on a slant pattern on the goal line but the pass was thrown way behind him and he couldn't make a play on the ball.
2012 Week 4 vs MIN (3 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
Scheffler wasn't targeted much and when he was he was well covered. His one catch was actually a nice job as he hauled it in among three defenders and hug on while he got hit. Scheffler is definitely a step slower than he has been in the past and is a very small active role in the offense, barely seeing the field. He's only there for a few oddball looks and that's it.
2012 Week 6 vs PHI (5 / 3 / 81 / 0 rec)
Scheffler opened the game opposite Brandon Pettigrew at tight end. On the 1st play of the second series, Stafford went to Scheffler down the middle of the field. He was open, but Stafford threw it just out of his reach. If the pass was on target, it would have been a huge gain. Stafford overthrew him later in the quarter on a similar play as well. Late in the 4th, with the Lions down by 10 with under five minutes to go, Stafford had time and scrambled out of the pocket to buy more time. He lofted the ball deep down the sideline and found Scheffler wide open for a huge 57 yard gain. The play eventually led to a TD. On their final drive in regulation, Stafford found Scheffler on a crossing route for a short eight yard gain and a 1st down just before the 2 minute warning. Scheffler opened the overtime period for the Lions with another play action roll-out where Stafford hit him on the run for a nice 16 yard gain to kick start their game-winning drive.
2012 Week 7 vs CHI (3 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Scheffler's only catch of the day was a short square in just before half time for five yards. Scheffler was targeted late in the third quarter when Stafford made a quick throw after the snap. The ball was behind Scheffler and he wasn't expecting it though, so it fell incomplete.
2012 Week 8 vs SEA (8 / 4 / 46 / 0 rec)
Scheffler was tied for 2nd on the team in targets with eight, but was only able to catch four, with a long of 20 yards. With constant safety help being afforded to Johnson Scheffler was able to attack the deep middle of the field, especially early. On the Lions' first TD drive, Scheffler was able to beat the inside coverage and with no help over the top, Stafford easily connected with him for 20 yards. Just before half, Stafford and Scheffler just missed another deep connection up the seam. Scheffler again had bested the coverage and was running free, but pressure on Stafford forced a poor throw. Scheffler was wide open, but the ball was well over his head. Trying to attack the seam again in the 2nd half, it was Scheffler who was targeted on Stafford's lone INT. This time, however, Earl Thomas was there providing over the top help. Scheffler read the defense correctly, slowing his route to sit in the opening between the coverage, but Stafford did not, sailing the throw right into Thomas' waiting arms. Scheffler saw three of his eight targets on the Lions' game winning drive, including one from the one-yard line, but only caught one of the three (a five-yard out).
2012 Week 9 vs JAX (3 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)
Scheffler's 28 yard grab down the right sideline came with him lined up wide right and running straight down the sideline. He made an outstanding toe tapping catch to bring the ball in.
2012 Week 11 vs GB (10 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Matthew Stafford tried to get the ball into Scheffler multiple times in this game, but it was clear that they were not on the same page, or their timing was off. The announcers even joked that maybe Scheffler had 'gotten faster' in the middle of the week because Stafford's passes were always off target when they came Scheffler's way. Scheffler's first official catch was just a short crossing route for six yards near the end of the first quarter on second and goal. It brought Detroit closer to the end zone but they had to settle for a field goal. Scheffler was targeted two more times in the second quarter, but their timing was off and Scheffler had not chance to make a play. Early in the third, Stafford connected with Scheffler on 3rd and 3 when he was under pressure, and Scheffler had a nice catch and run for 16 yards. However, three plays later, Stafford hit Scheffler on a deep crossing route and the ball went right through his hands, into a defender's and the Packers returned it for a TD. Scheffler was targeted a few more times, but the passes were off target or well-defended and Scheffler finished the day with just two catches for 22 yards.
2012 Week 12 vs HOU (6 / 5 / 57 / 0 rec)
Scheffler's best catch came on a 14 yard gain in overtime. On the play, Scheffler ran a quick out to the right side and turned upfield after the catch. While running, he hurdled a diving Texans defender and picked up enough yardage for the first down. Scheffler also had a 13 yard reception in overtime on third and eleven, again on an out pattern. Scheffler made a lunging catch and drug his feet inbounds for the first down.
2012 Week 13 vs IND (5 / 3 / 55 / 0 rec)
Tony Scheffler started the game off early with a terrific grab on the sideline. Stafford floated a pass towards the white paint but Scheffler dragged his feet like a true veteran receiver and made the big catch count. Scheffler only got check down/ short passes apart from this one play however. Stafford typically relies on Calvin Johnson a lot and rarely focuses on another #2 target in the offense. This means Scheffler was passed over in the passing reads a lot in favour of Johnson. Scheffler also had to compete strongly with teammate TE Pettigrew for playing time at the tight end position. Scheffler is a big play threat and has very good hands to catch almost any pass but targets/playing time will be a constant issue in Detroit's passing game for him.
2012 Week 14 vs GB (10 / 3 / 20 / 1 rec)
Scheffler was lined up in the slot for his first reception when he ran an out route for a first down before making a good catch at the sideline. His second reception went for a first down also as he caught a wide open pass in the flat on third and two. From just three yards out, the Lions lined up Scheffler outside of Will Heller in the slot and used a rub route to give him an easy touchdown reception.
2012 Week 15 vs ARI (7 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)
With Brandon Pettigrew out and the receiver position in flux, Scheffler was the de facto no.2 target in the passing game for Detroit against Arizona. He had seven targets and there were opportunities for a much bigger game than his 3/36/0 stat line. The most notable missed chance for Scheffler came on a seam route where he created yards of separation. Stafford's pass came in on the wrong shoulder, which caused Scheffler to awkwardly try to contort his body and make a play on the ball. He did not come up with the difficult, but hardly impossible play that was a minimum of 30 yards with the chance to be a long touchdown. Scheffler is an intriguing desperation play at tight end as long as Pettigrew is out as he can be a possession target as well as make receiver-like plays down the field. Stafford and Scheffler were not on the same play against Arizona, but have shown that chemistry in the past.
2012 Week 16 vs ATL (6 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec)
Tony Scheffler secured three of his four catches during the fourth quarter. Scheffler took advantage of Atlanta's soft zone coverage. Scheffler converted a 4th-and-10 by settling into the soft zone coverage for a 15-yard gain. Scheffler's other two receptions resulted in gains of three and 15 yards, respectively. Brandon Pettigrew was inactive, so Scheffler's final output was disappointing.
2012 Week 17 vs CHI (7 / 5 / 53 / 0 rec)
Scheffler saw extended action as Brandon Pettigrew was ineffective in his play due to the ankle injury. His first catch was his best of the day - a 28 yard strike from Matthew Stafford on the second drive of the game. Scheffler ran straight up the right hashmark and the defense lost track of him for a bit. Stafford put the ball into him perfectly and he had a nice gain. In the 4th quarter, he caught a few short curls and sideline passes, but none of them were for more than seven or eight yards. He finished the day with five catches.
2011 Week 1 vs TB (1 / 1 / 11 / 1 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Scheffler was used primarily as a decoy and blocker in this game, but his one reception was a big one. Stafford rolled out to his right and threaded the needle between three defenders to hit Scheffler on a low pass for a TD. Scheffler went to the ground to make the catch and rolled into the end zone for Stafford's second TD. He promptly created his Sportcenter moment by drawing an imaginary sword from his belt and swashbuckling his way across the end zone.
2011 Week 2 vs KC (3 / 1 / 36 / 1 rec)
2nd week in a row he has found the end zone. No pirate fencing this week but Stafford went to him after a series of short passes and runs to open the game. Scheffler was probably not the focus of the defense who was trying to keep Calvin, Nate, and Titus Young in check before Scheffler slipped past a LB and then left the Safety in his cleats on his way to the end zone. You cannot count on Scheffler every week but Detroit is one of those teams that has the personnel to run an offense similar to what the Patriots do with a lot of short passes and then they can hit either TE on the seam route. You have to think Eric Berry would have been able to make a play on the ball instead of Flowers running over form his CB position to try and make a play on the ball and falling just short.
2011 Week 3 vs MIN (1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Scheffler kept his 1 reception streak alive (he had 1 reception in each of the first 2 games), but failed to keep his perfect record of converting his receptions into TDs. Of the 2 Detroit TEs, Brandon Pettigrew was used more as a receiver in this game.
2011 Week 4 vs DAL (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Scheffler started the game as the #2 TE, but was used primarily as an additional blocker given how much Dallas was blitzing Stafford. He was the target of one pass into the flat, but the ball was thrown too wide due to the increased pressure and it fell incomplete.
2011 Week 5 vs CHI (1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Was lined up inside right in a 4 wide set and went about 10-12 yards before cutting the route inside and caught a crisp pass from Stafford and then was leveled by a waiting Brian Urlacher that drew a 15 yard roughing penalty even though he led with his shoulder. That hit likely knocked him out the rest of the game as he was not targeted or seen much after that play.
2011 Week 8 vs DEN (3 / 3 / 38 / 1 rec)
Scheffler got a chance to shine against his former team, and he took full advantage of the few passes that were thrown his way. Stafford opened the game with a short crossing route to Scheffler - a nine yard pickup to start off the drive. In the second quarter, Stafford saw Scheffler working one on one down the right side of the field and threw up a jump ball that Scheffler went over the defender to catch - the ball was tipped and Scheffler showed great concentration, tipping the ball again to himself before making a great one-handed reception. It was a 28 yard gain that set up a TD pass to him three plays later. On that play, Scheffler motioned right to left before the snap. Stafford faked the hand off and as he dropped back, Scheffler scraped back behind the offensive line and broke to the open flat on the right side - he was wide open and Stafford just flipped him the ball for the easy TD. It was his final target and reception of the day.
2011 Week 10 vs CHI (7 / 3 / 37 / 1 rec)
Scheffler was pretty insignificant in the overall offense until the game was completely out of reach. All of his targets came in the final 25 minutes of the game, when the Lions were already down 34-6. He didn't even have a catch until the 4th quarter. The first pass that Stafford threw to Scheffler was a short sideline route that was thrown way behind him and picked off for Chicago's first defensive TD. Five of Scheffler's targets came on the final drive of the game for Detroit, and his TD reception was the third consecutive pass thrown to Scheffler. The first one was batted down and nearly intercepted and the second was well over Scheffler's head. The final catch was a nice play by Scheffler, but it was a meaningless TD in a game that was already well out of reach.
2011 Week 11 vs CAR (3 / 2 / 24 / 1 rec)
Tony Scheffler was one of the many Lions who Stafford was able to riff with on Sunday. Scheffler consistently found the soft spots in the Panthers predominantly zone defense. Scheffler was lined up as a wide receiver early on and Stafford tried to get it to him on a double move. The pass was a little out of his reach and fell incomplete. Scheffler caught a touchdown pass lined up in the slot in the red zone as he attacked the seam. Stafford found him with an accurate pass, placed high so that Scheffler could attack it in the air.
2011 Week 12 vs GB (2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Despite being a named starter in this game, Scheffler only saw two short passes thrown his way in the first half and was not involved in the offense beyond that. The first pass was an eight yard square in where Stafford dumped him the ball on a blitz. The other reception was near the end of the second quarter, where Stafford rolled away from pressure and found Scheffler on a short sideline route for five yards.
2011 Week 13 vs NO (3 / 2 / 41 / 0 rec)
Scheffler's big play came on a 36 yard run down to the 9 yard line. Scheffler took off straight upfield and Stafford laid it out right over the defenders head and on a rope right to Scheffler.
2011 Week 14 vs MIN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Scheffler started the game as the #2 TE / #5 pass catcher. However, he finished with just one target for the day, and it didn't come until the end of the third quarter. It was a short pass over the middle and he was well defended, so it fell incomplete.
2011 Week 15 vs OAK (1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Was not a big part of the passing game.
2011 Week 16 vs SD (4 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)
Like most of Detroit's offensive weapons, Scheffler had a fairly easy time getting open deep in the secondary. He hauled in one 26-yard catch, and was open downfield for another potentially big gain but the ball was thrown just over his hands. He was able to get open pretty much whenever he wanted, and his stats were only limited because the Lions have even better weapons than him who were even more open than he was.
2011 Week 17 vs GB (6 / 4 / 65 / 1 rec)
Scheffler had a pretty quiet game for the Lions, but came up with some clutch receptions in the fourth quarter, including a great TD catch to put the Lions ahead with under three minutes to play. On the play, Matthew Stafford threaded the needle as Scheffler ran a crossing route and Scheffler came up with the catch despite three defenders trying to knock the ball away. He set up the scoring opportunity as well with a clutch 26 yard catch on a streak down the middle of the field just a couple plays earlier. Scheffler also came up with the two-point conversion reception near the end of the third quarter.
2010 Week 1 vs CHI (7 / 6 / 43 / 0 rec)
Scheffler emerged as the #3 receiver in the Detroit offense behind Javid Best and Calvin Johnson. Scheffler is filling in as that short to medium target / check down receiver that every team needs to keep the chains moving. He's not going to be the big down-field threat that he was in Denver, but he was not afraid to go over the middle and made several catches in traffic, turning up field and pushing for the first down. He was targeted seven times on short routes over the middle and to the sideline and he came up with six receptions. Both Matt Stafford and Shaun Hill targeted Scheffler often, so expect his production to continue, regardless of who is under center.
2010 Week 2 vs PHI (4 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Although Scheffler was targeted four times he only caught one ball for five yards. Scheffler was however a factor in the running game and down the field after catches thanks to his blocking.
2010 Week 3 vs MIN (9 / 7 / 60 / 1 rec)
Scheffler finished the game as the top receiver for the Lions. He was the only Detroit player to reach the end zone in this game, on a nice crossing route where he ran along the goal line and Hill hit him for the quick TD strike. On the final drive, Scheffler took a nice inside out pass and broke it for a big gain through the Minnesota secondary. He rumbled for 24 yards and it ended up being the biggest play of the game for the Lions and Scheffler's longest play of the season. He was also targeted on the final pass of the game for Detroit, but the pass was a half-second too soon and Scheffler was only able to tip the pass. It was picked off by Antoine Winfield and it ended the game.
2010 Week 4 vs GB (10 / 6 / 63 / 0 rec)
Scheffler continues to be a big part of the Detroit passing game, playing the 'slot/possession receiver' typre role for the Lions, and taking advantage of the stronger coverage focusing on Calvin Johnson and Jahvid Best. Once the Lions developed a rhythem against Green Bay, Scheffler was the guy who punished them time and again. He and Pettigrew worked opposite sides of the field, catching those short and medium range passes over the middle and toward the sideline. His biggest play though came right out of the gate. Scheffler lined up in a 'trips right' formation and as Calvin Johnson pulled the defensive coverage away from him, Scheffler was open down the deep sideline. Hill laid it up perfectly and Scheffler took advantage of his size to come down with a big 25 yard reception. It would have set up a big scoring opportunity, but the Lions turned the ball over three plays later.
2010 Week 5 vs STL (6 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec)
Detroit has the luxury of having two very solid pass catching tight ends in their offense. Tony Scheffler caught three consecutive passes in the two minute drill from Hill, moving the chains as the Lions matriculated their way down the field. Scheffler was targeted in the red zone by Hill, but the Rams had excellent coverage on the play. The "other" tight end in the Lions offense will continue to get looks and be a contributor in what could be a very dangerous offense as time goes by.
2010 Week 6 vs NYG (4 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
Scheffler was not terribly involved in the offense on Sunday. He made very little headway on the short routes he had and was largely an afterthought in the offense. He did make a very nice catch on one bad throw by Stanton where he had to dig the ball out of the turf. Scheffler looked like he might have been hurt at some point, which could also explain why he became a non-factor, but there were no reports as of press time. Also, as Pettigrew, Burleson and Calvin Johnson were all playing well, Scheffler was just not getting the looks he had been the last few games.
2010 Week 8 vs WAS (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Scheffler was very quiet on a day where Stafford keyed in on his WR's and had a somewhat unexpected day. He was open on a play and Stafford overthrew him, but may have been secretly hampered by an injury as he really was never a factor in the passing game.
2010 Week 9 vs NYJ (5 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
While many thought Scheffler would be a big factor for the Lions, he has seen a lot of his role reduced in the face of some very good play by Brandon Pettigrew. However, neither was a huge factor in this game. Scheffler's looks were often across the middle where the Jets have seemed vulnerable this season. On both plays Scheffler caught a pass for more than ten yards but wasn't able to do much after the catch. While he is still an option for Stafford and the Lions, he has definitely taken a back seat to Pettigrew and overall, Stafford seems to be looking more to his wide receivers.
2010 Week 10 vs BUF (8 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
Scheffler worked the middle of the field with some success, and he also ran a few downfield routes. He looked firmly entrenched as a co-#2 receiver with Burleson, Pettigrew, and the running backs in this offense, limiting his value, but also making him a decent backup TE to carry because his main involvement is as a receiver on a team that will likely be passing a lot in the second half of the season.
2010 Week 16 vs MIA (2 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
Scheffler was quiet for most of the game, but he had a big reception in the 4th quarter. On the play Hill was under pressure and scrambling to avoid the sack. Scheffler saw that he was in trouble, and came back to the open spot. Hill hit him on the run and Scheffler was able to turn up field for a nice 15 yard gain. It was his only reception of the game.
2010 Week 17 vs MIN (6 / 6 / 50 / 0 rec)
With Calvin Johnson on the sidelines, Tony Scheffler filled in at the slot that Nate Burleson normally performs - the possession / slot type of receptions. Scheffler's first reception was nearly a touchdown - at the end of Detroit's opening drive. Scheffler caught the ball on a crossing route over the middle and spun toward the end zone. He was being dragged down and stretched out to try and put the ball over the goal line. Unfortunately the ball was knocked away and Minnesota recovered in the end zone for a touchback. The fumble didn't discourage the Lions though, and they continued to keep Scheffler involved in the short and medium passing game. Near the end of the first half, Shaun Hill dumped the ball to Scheffler twice when he was in trouble - once for a nice 16 yard gain and another for 11 yards that set up the TD pass to Burleson. He had two more short receptions to start the second half, helpind Detroit add another Field Goal and extend their lead. He is an excellent complement to Brandon Pettigrew and hopefully he will be with the Lions next season.
2009 Week 1 vs CIN (2 / 1 / 29 / 0 rec)
Tony Scheffler knows how to challenge the deep middle of a defense. He was targeted twice in this game, one short and to the left - and one to the deep middle. His first target fell to the turf incomplete. It was thrown to the right spot, but Scheffler must have heard footsteps because he turned upfield before securing the pass in his hands. His deep target was hauled in on a great play where he brought the ball to his chest while falling to the ground. Orton distributed the ball to many different receivers, but Scheffler showed why he needs more targets with his one big play. Strangely enough, Tony Scheffler also intercepted a pass from Carson Palmer as the Broncos "hands" team was in on Cincy's hail Mary attempt.
2009 Week 2 vs CLE (2 / 1 / 2 / 1 rec)
Tony Scheffler was only targeted twice, but once was in the endzone and he converted. The Broncos lined him up tight at the goalline, then sent him in motion. When linebacker Kamerion Wimbley followed him, the Broncos knew they had the matchup they wanted. Once the ball was snapped Scheffler cut it back inside on a slant and easily shielded Wimbley away from the ball with his body.
2009 Week 3 vs OAK (1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Scheffler was the recipient of a target when the Broncos ran a bootleg play, but other than that he was not involved in the gameplan. The Broncos ran the ball so well that they didn't need to air it out much.
2009 Week 4 vs DAL (3 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Scheffler was a little more involved in the gameplan than in recent weeks, and was able to get open because of mismatches against the Cowboys linebackers. Because Kyle Orton spreads the ball around so much Scheffler's best fantasy days will only come when he gets in the end zone.
2009 Week 5 vs NE (5 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)
Tony Scheffler worked hard as a receiver on Sunday, and he also was a tremendous help in pass protection. Scheffler is a matchup nightmare, and the Broncos made sure to get him involved in the passing game. He was mostly used outside the hashmarks as a relief valve recevier, but with his size and athleticism he makes for a great option when the team needs to move the chains. With the game on the line, the Patriots tried to turn up the heat on quarterback Kyle Orton. Scheffler did a good job of chipping in and keeping his quarterback upright.
2009 Week 6 vs SD (6 / 6 / 101 / 1 rec)
Scheffler started the game split out wide as a receiver, and spent most of his time out there. He was a hot read for quarterback Kyle Orton when he was in trouble, and did a good job of fighting for extra yardage after the catch. The Broncos love to exploit mismatches, and on Monday night they decided to pick on safety Eric Weddle - who was lined up against Scheffler for most of the night. When the heat was on Orton would throw short to Scheffler on the sidelines. Little did Weddle know the Broncos were setting him up for a big play. In the third-quarter the Broncos decided to strike. Orton pump faked the short route that had been working all day to Scheffler and floated the ball towards the end zone. Scheffler was able to run underneath it, secure the pass, and get two feet down for six points. Later in the game Scheffler had a big reception on a key drive as Denver was looking to score once more. Again, Scheffler gathered in a short pass on the sideline, only to turn upfield, break an arm tackle and gain 52-yards on the play.
2009 Week 8 vs BAL (2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Scheffler was unable to pick on the Ravens' safeties as he did 2 weeks ago against San Diego. The Broncos went to Scheffler early on their only scoring drive of the day, but the rest of the time he found it difficult to get open against the Ravens blanket coverage.
2009 Week 9 vs PIT (1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Scheffler actually did a decent job as a blocker on Monday night. His one reception on the night came as a hot read to the right side of the field as the Pittsburgh blitz was on.
2009 Week 10 vs WAS (5 / 4 / 29 / 0 rec)
The Broncos were picking on the Redskins secondary early in this game, but when deep passes weren't there Kyle Orton was hitting Scheffler underneath. Scheffler did a good job of maximizing his yards after the catch, and was running hard after securing the pass. He has also improved as a blocker over the course of the season. Scheffler will never be confused as a great blocker, but his technique is improving and the effort is there.
2009 Week 11 vs SD (3 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Scheffler, who has historically had some very good performances against San Diego, did not catch his first (and only) reception until a 12-yard out route midway through the third quarter.
2009 Week 12 vs NYG (6 / 4 / 53 / 0 rec)
Tight end Tony Scheffler had a strong night against the Giants on Thanksgiving, racking up 53 yards on four catches against New York. Scheffler appeared to be open quite often from the onset, getting plenty of space over the middle against a patchwork Giants linebacking corps. He caught all four of his six catchable targets, gaining over 10 yards on three of the receptions. His biggest catch came in the second quarter as he moved the chains with a 22-yard catch, his longest of the night, on a 4th down and five in Giants territory.
2009 Week 13 vs KC (4 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)
The Chiefs have struggled to stop athletic tight ends, and it looked early on like the Broncos may exploit the mismatches that Scheffler creates every time he's on the field. He did catch a pass late in this game, but it was the only one of the contest. He was targeted in the end zone by Kyle Orton on the Broncos opening drive, but the pass was deflected and intercepted.
2009 Week 14 vs IND (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Tony Scheffler did not have a reception on Sunday, but was involved as a blocker when the Broncos were running the football.
2009 Week 15 vs OAK (5 / 2 / 48 / 0 rec)
Most of Scheffler's receiving yards came on the last play of the game when Denver was desperately trying to get into field goal position. He hauled in a deep pass from Kyle Orton but time ran off the clock before the Broncos could spike the football and stop the clock. Scheffler was targeted a couple of times in the end zone, but was unable to secure either of those passes.
2009 Week 16 vs PHI (4 / 1 / 26 / 0 rec)
Tony Scheffler caught just one pass, a 26-yard gain in the third quarter. He was also targeted in the first quarter in the end zone but he was hit hard and the ball was jarred away, breaking up the possible touchdown catch. Despite Kyle Orton's love of of short throws, Scheffler is nearly invisible in the Denver passing game.
2008 Week 1 vs OAK (2 / 1 / 72 / 0 rec)
Scheffler only had two targets on the night, but they were both on huge plays. The first one he caught for a 72 yard gain on a seam route. The second target he dropped a pass in the end zone that should have been caught.
2008 Week 2 vs SD (10 / 6 / 64 / 2 rec)
After a Week 1 performance that saw him catch just one pass and drop another that would've gone for an easy touchdown, Scheffler came out of the gate ready to roll in Week 2. He caught five first half passes, including two touchdowns, and forced the Chargers to make an adjustment to cover him. They did, and he had a quiet second half with just one reception. Still, the damage he did before halftime was significant. He showed great hands on the first score, and beat S Clinton Hart downfield for the second one. He and Cutler have certainly picked up where they left off last season as far as having a mental connection with one another, and that's more than evident in the stat line. He nearly added a third score in the fourth quarter, though that would've been more of a case of simply being in the right place at the right time. Daniel Graham had a ball deflected away from him and it bounded towards the back of the end zone towards Scheffler, but it was just beyond his reach.
2008 Week 3 vs NO (4 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec)
Not quite the game Scheffler had last week though he still got several looks. Unfortunately, he also had a fumble that was recovered by the Saints and stopped a Bronco drive at the New Orleans eight yard line. A review of the play showed that Scheffler seemed to be still trying to get possession of the catch when it popped out, but the call stood.
2008 Week 4 vs KC (2 / 1 / 26 / 0 rec)
Another quiet week for Scheffler as he only pulled down one pass in the second quarter, albeit for a nice 26 yard gain.
2008 Week 5 vs TB (4 / 4 / 65 / 0 rec)
Scheffler caught all four balls thrown his way for 65 yards. Three of his receptions netted Denver first downs.
2008 Week 10 vs CLE (5 / 4 / 92 / 0 rec)
Scheffler game up big in this game making a couple of big plays for the Broncos. He caught a 39 yard pass deep down the middle on Denver's first play of the game that kind of set the tone for the Broncos' passing attack for this contest. He caught a 24 yard pass deep down the left side in the second quarter and another 24 catch over the middle in the third quarter in which he got injured again. He did not return to the game.
2008 Week 11 vs ATL (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
TE Tony Scheffler was held without a catch. He was only targeted twice including once in the end zone where he was overthrown by QB Jay Cutler but he was able to get a hand on it.
2008 Week 12 vs OAK (5 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Scheffler only caught one pass, but was targeted twice in the end zone, with both passes being too high. He was the intended target on Cutler's interception as the ball was underthrown.
2008 Week 13 vs NYJ (8 / 7 / 90 / 0 rec)
Scheffler caught a 22 yard pass late in the second quarter, taking the ball right down to the goal line before being tackled, narrowly missing the touchdown. Late in the third quarter, Scheffler managed to get open and Cutler found him in between a couple Jets defenders for a 24 yard gain. Scheffler finished the game with 90 yards receiving on seven receptions.
2008 Week 14 vs KC (6 / 5 / 61 / 0 rec)
Scheffler followed up a big game against the Jets with another good performance, average 12.2 yards per reception. Fellow tight end Daniel Graham added three receptions as the Broncos lined up in a number of two tight end sets with Peyton Hillis and Brandon Stokley both sidelined during this game.
2008 Week 15 vs CAR (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Scheffler did not catch a forward pass; he caught a backward pass and was credited with minus one rushing yard.
2008 Week 16 vs BUF (2 / 2 / 56 / 0 rec)
The Broncos like to use Scheffler as a downfield threat. He gained 56 yards on two receptions in this game which only bolstered his 15.6 yard per catch average that was already best in the NFL among tight ends.
2008 Week 17 vs SD (7 / 5 / 75 / 1 rec)
Scheffler had a very good game against the Chargers. He racked up 75 yards and a touchdown reception that he fought for through tight single coverage.
2007 Week 2 vs OAK (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Scheffler was active for this game, but did not have any targets. He only came in for the two TE formation.
2007 Week 4 vs IND (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Scheffler continues to play behind Daniel Graham and only had one target, thrown at his feet by Jay Cutler.
2007 Week 5 vs SD (3 / 2 / 37 / 0 rec)
Scheffler came into the game without a reception on the season, but left with two impressive grabs and a blocked punt. Whether that will translate into more playing time remains to be seen, but he looks ready to contribute more heavily. He entered the game for the first time after WR Nate Jackson left with a leg injury.
2007 Week 7 vs PIT (6 / 5 / 50 / 1 rec)
Scheffler continued his comeback from a nagging foot injury by having his best game yet of the season. He caught a third quarter touchdown, and seemed to show the chemistry that he started to develop with Jay Cutler at the end of the 2006 season. He appeared to re injure his foot near the end of the game.
2007 Week 8 vs GB (4 / 3 / 28 / 1 rec)
Scheffler made a nice grab on the Broncos first drive that went for 11 yards and followed that up later in the first quarter with a five yard touchdown catch. His final catch of the game came in the fourth quarter and went for 12 yards.
2007 Week 9 vs DET (7 / 6 / 46 / 0 rec)
Scheffler caught six passes for 46 yards. He dropped his other target. His fumble resulted in one of four Detroit turnovers.
2007 Week 10 vs KC (5 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)
Scheffler was a regular target for the Broncos' passing attack. He caught four of the five passes thrown to him for 31 yards.
2007 Week 11 vs TEN (4 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)
Scheffler was third on the team in receptions and yardage, and two of his catches went for first downs.
2007 Week 12 vs CHI (5 / 5 / 82 / 1 rec)
Scheffler made an acrobatic catch on his fourteen yard touchdown, and showed his big play ability to go deep over the middle and stretch opposing defenses. Tony was often utilized off the line as a slot receiver in this game, catching everything thrown his way as Daniel Graham was utilized primarily in a blocking role in this game.
2007 Week 13 vs OAK (2 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
Scheffler caught one pass for a 17 yard gain. Cutler tried to hit him on another deep pattern, but was unsuccessful.
2007 Week 14 vs KC (4 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)
Scheffler was also impressive at the tight end position for Denver. He caught all four passes intended for him, accumulating 31 yards through the air.
2007 Week 15 vs HOU (9 / 7 / 100 / 1 rec)
Scheffler barely broke the plane of the end zone before the ball came out of his outstretched hand. The Texans picked up the loose ball and began to run it back for what would have been a touchdown but the touchdown call was upheld following review.
2007 Week 16 vs SD (7 / 2 / 37 / 0 rec)
Scheffler was far more active than his two receptions would seem to indicate. Aside from Brandon Marshall, Scheffler was the high man as far as targets for the Broncos. And when they got into key situations, more often than not it was Scheffler who was the top option. He was targeted near the end zone for a near-touchdown late in the third quarter, but the ball was tipped up in the air and intercepted by Clinton Hart. Scheffler was then thrown to three more times during the course of the second half, so it's not like they went away from him following the turnover. Unfortunately for him, all three passes resulted in incompletions as Cutler pretty much fell apart in the second half.
2007 Week 17 vs MIN (8 / 7 / 52 / 1 rec)
Scheffler had a good game working the sidelines, and the short middle of the field. He finished with 52 yards on his seven receptions and added a touchdown.
2006 Week 1 vs STL (3 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Scheffler had only one catch for nine yards on the Broncos' only touchdown drive.
2006 Week 2 vs KC (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Scheffler was unable to make any receptions this week. The rookie probably should have caught a couple passes that came his way.
2006 Week 5 vs BAL (2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Scheffler caught one of his two targets for a seven yard gain.
2006 Week 6 vs OAK (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Scheffler's only target fell incomplete.
2006 Week 8 vs IND (4 / 4 / 51 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Scheffler and Plummer seemed to have a good rapport and Plummer looked for him a couple of times when he needed a first down. Scheffler displayed good route running and excellent hands on the opportunities he had.
2006 Week 9 vs PIT (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
After breaking out with four receptions and 51 yards last week, Scheffler put up his fifth goose egg of the season.
2006 Week 13 vs SEA (4 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
Scheffler was Cutler's second favorite target, but he only caught one ball.
2006 Week 14 vs SD (5 / 3 / 66 / 2 rec)
Scheffler enjoyed a coming-out party of sorts, setting career highs in receptions and receiving yards to go along with scoring the first two touchdowns of his career. The player who head coach Mike Shanahan has compared favorably to Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates looked great running all over the place in this game, and catching balls all over the field. His first touchdown was a pass to the back line of the end zone on which he beat LB Stephen Cooper. On the second score, S Terrence Kiel had the ball all lined up for an interception when Scheffler made an outstanding play. He got his hand in front of Kiel, tipped the ball sideways to himself, and waltzed off with the easy score off the deflection. He showed a variety of skills, and certainly has put his name on the map if not for the fantasy playoffs this season, than as a nice sleeper at TE for next season.
2006 Week 15 vs ARI (4 / 3 / 58 / 0 rec)
Scheffler is a rookie making an impact for the Broncos' offense. He is coming on stronger and pulled in three of the four passes thrown his way for an impressive 58 yards, with much of the yardage coming after the catch.
2006 Week 16 vs CIN (3 / 2 / 26 / 1 rec)
Scheffler was the target on Cutler's first pass which was intercepted. He caught a one yard touchdown pass on a bullet from Cutler in the second quarter. Scheffler's other catch was good for 26 yards, and the one target he didn't catch was called back on a penalty.
2006 Week 17 vs SF (4 / 3 / 54 / 1 rec)
Scheffler had a solid game, and showed a good ability to run various routes and get open. He was the primary target on his touchdown catch, and seemed to have a good rapport with Cutler.