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Noah Fant

Denver Broncos
Tight End #87
Denver Broncos
Tight End #87
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Noah Fant News

Turns in another limited session

Fant (ankle) will be a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: For the second day in a row, Fant will have his reps capped while he manages an ankle injury, but the Broncos have yet to suggest the issue is anything that will prevent him from playing Sunday against the Jets. Ideally, Fant will upgrade to full participation in practice Friday, which should clear the way for him to enter the weekend without an injury designation.

Sep 23, 2021 11:09 AM EST

Limited to start week

Fant (ankle) as a limited practice participant Wednesday, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.

Analysis: Fant has seen 14 targets on 77 percent snap share through two games, catching 10 passes for 95 yards and a TD. A limited practice should put him on track to play against the Jets on Sunday, though Denver has a promising backup tight end in Albert Okwuegbunam.

Sep 22, 2021 12:17 PM EST

Finds end zone

Fant recorded four receptions on six targets for 33 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 2 matchup against the Jaguars.

Analysis: Fant was the team's second-most targeted receiver in the absence of Jerry Jeudy (ankle). The majority of his work was limited to short areas of the field, and he managed only 5.5 yards per target as a result. However, he found the end zone from 14 yards away -- it was his only catch that went for double-digit yards -- to prop up his production. Fant should remain heavily involved in the offense in another exploitable matchup in Week 3 against the Jets.

Sep 19, 2021 4:04 PM EST

Targeted eight times

Fant recorded six receptions on eight targets for 62 yards in the Broncos' Week 1 victory against the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: Fant led the team in targets, though that title likely would have belonged to Jerry Jeudy had the latter not suffered an ankle injury in the middle of the game. Fant served primarily as a target in the short areas of the field for Teddy Bridgewater, though he did manage to record a 25-yard reception. Perhaps most importantly, Fant should be in for a more consistent role in the offense while Jeudy remains sidelined and Courtland Sutton continues to ramp up after returning from a knee injury. Fant and the rest of the Broncos' receiving corps should be in for a good matchup against the Jaguars.

Sep 12, 2021 7:36 PM EST

Returns to full practice

Fant (knee) practiced fully Thursday.

Analysis: With that, Fant is slated to be ready to play against the Giants in Sunday's season opener, with Teddy Bridgewater getting the start at QB for Denver. Fant, along with top wideouts Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy, is thus in line to be a key weapon in the Broncos' passing attack out of the gate this season. In that context, an uptick from Fant's 62/673/3 stat line (in 15 games) from last year seems plausible in 2021.

Sep 9, 2021 3:11 PM EST

Full practice expected

Coach Vic Fangio expects Fant (knee) to be a full practice participant Thursday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: If that's the case, the tight end will clearly be trending in the right direction as Sunday's season opener against the Giants approaches. Thursday's injury report will reveal whether or not Fant's on-field activity matches up with Fangio's pre-practice expectations.

Sep 9, 2021 10:37 AM EST

Logs limited practice

Fant (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice, Ben Swanson of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Per Aric DiLalla of the team's official site, coach Vic Fangio previously indicated that he thinks Fant should be available Sunday against the Giants. However, it's still worth monitoring the tight end's progress as the week progresses to see if he approaches Week 1 action with an official injury designation.

Sep 8, 2021 4:08 PM EST

On track to play Sunday

Fant (leg) participated in individual drills during Monday's practice, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: DiLalla adds that coach Vic Fangio believes that Fant should be able to play Sunday against the Giants. That's a notion that should be solidified, one way or the other, as the Broncos continue their preparation leading up their Week 1 kickoff. The team's first practice/injury report of 2021 is due Wednesday.

Sep 6, 2021 2:50 PM EST

Not practicing

Fant (leg) isn't practicing Thursday, but he's still expected to return to practice next week, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: He's been out of practice for more than a week now, leaving Albert Okwuegbunam, Eric Saubert and Andrew Back as the Broncos' tight ends. The Broncos expect Fant to play Week 1 against the Giants, but we'll start to be concerned if he isn't on the practice field next week.

Sep 2, 2021 11:15 AM EST

Should be fine for opener

Fant (leg) should be ready for Week 1, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Fant has missed practice all week and won't play in Saturday's preseason game against the Rams. After that, the Broncos will have two weeks to prepare for their Sept. 12 opener against the Giants, with Teddy Bridgewater getting the start at QB. The breakout case for Fant remains solid, though he'll have no shortage of competition for targets in the Denver offense.

Aug 26, 2021 1:25 PM EST

Misses another practice

Fant (leg) didn't practice Wednesday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: The tight end continues to manage an unspecified leg injury, but DiLalla relayed Tuesday that Fant's issue is not believed to be a long-term concern. When the 2019 first-rounder does return to the field, however, he'll look to continue to build chemistry with Teddy Bridgewater, who was named the Broncos' starting QB on Wednesday.

Aug 25, 2021 1:25 PM EST

Nursing leg issue

Fant didn't participate at Tuesday's practice due to a leg injury, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: The specifics of the issue remain unclear, though coach Vic Fangio indicated it isn't believed to be a serious concern. Fant seemingly picked up the injury during last Saturday's preseason matchup with the Seahawks, when he wasn't targeted in 21 offensive snaps. Even if the 23-year-old makes a quick return to practice, he may not seem much, if any, action during Saturday's preseason finale versus the Rams.

Aug 24, 2021 3:56 PM EST

Quiet in limited role

Fant wasn't targeted in 21 offensive snaps in Saturday's 30-3 win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: Fant was a non-factor in Week 2 of the preseason, but the 23-year-old tight end figures to be a key component of the Broncos' passing attack in 2021. According to Nick Kosmider of The Athletic, Fant will likely be used in creative ways and run routes deeper down field, as well. The 6-foot-4, 249-pounder will compete for targets with the likes of Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, and KJ Hamler in the passing game, so it may be tough for him to find consistent production in the Denver offense. However, it appears the coaching staff would like to get Fant more involved, so the former first round pick may earn a solid percentage of the target share among Denver's pass catchers.

Aug 22, 2021 7:30 PM EST

Looks to make impact in variety of ways

Based on what he's seen early on in training camp, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic suggests that Fant "is likely to be used in more creative ways" during his second campaign working in Pat Shurmur's offense.

Analysis: Fant, who recorded a team-high 62 catches (on 93 targets) for 673 yards and three TDs in 15 games last season, is going to be a big part of Denver's passing attack, regardless of who the team's QB is, an outcome that's pending an ongoing competition between Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Lock. Per the report, getting Fant -- who averaged 10.9 yards per reception last season, which was down from his 14.1 mark as a rookie -- "involved deeper down the field appears to be a priority" early in training camp, with the 2019 first-rounder noting that he expects to make an impact on all sorts of routes (deep, intermediate and short) this season. Wideouts Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler and Tim Patrick will no doubt command their share of targets, but if Fant's is indeed utilized in a variety of ways, there should be enough looks for him to maintain steady fantasy utility in 2021.

Aug 2, 2021 3:37 PM EST

Starting QB TBD

Though Fant remains firmly atop the Broncos' tight end depth chart, it remains to be seen whether Teddy Bridgewater or Drew Lock will be the team's Week 1 starter at QB, ESPN's Jeff Legwold reports.

Analysis: In his third season as a pro, Fant is being counted on to be a big part of the Broncos' passing game, regardless of who earns the team's starting signal caller job. The 2019 first-rounder logged 62 catches (on 93 targets) for 673 yards and three TDs in 15 games last season, numbers that the 6-foot-4, 249-pounder will look to eclipse this season in an aerial attack that should be more balanced thanks to the return of Courtland Sutton from a knee injury, which bolsters a wideout corps that also includes 2020 first-rounder Jerry Jeudy, big-bodied Tim Patrick and K.J. Hamler, a second-round pick last year.

Jun 25, 2021 10:57 AM EST

Snags team-leading 62 passes

Fant reeled in 62 of 93 passes for 673 yards and three touchdowns during the 2020 season.

Analysis: New offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, a former tight ends coach himself, is known for loving the position and so it was intriguing to see how he was going to use Fant during his sophomore year. The answer was as more of a short-range, volume target than his predecessor Rich Scangarello. Fant averaged 4.1 catches per game in 2020, up from 2.5 in 2019, but his yards per catch fell by more than three -- from 14.1 in 2019 to 10.9 in 2020. Part of that was Fant was catching the ball shorter -- his yards before catch dropped from 5.8 in 2019 to 4.7 in 2020. Fant's ability to use his athleticism to cut up the field also was a factor. Fant fell off dramatically after injuring his ankle in Week 4 against the Jets -- an injury he never quite recovered from. Expect a junior jump for Fant with a full offseason in the offense and, hopefully, better health in 2021.

Jan 13, 2021 7:30 PM EST

Played through injury all year

Fant said Monday that he never got '100 percent' healthy in 2020 after injuring his ankle against the Jets in Week 4, Zac Stevens of reports.

Analysis: Fant only officially missed one game due to his ankle injury, but as evidenced by the fact that he was never able to surpass the 81 receiving yards he logged Week 1, it appears that the 23-year-old tight end never got back to full form. Still, Fant's 62 catches (93 targets) for 673 yards and three scores through 15 games paint the picture of a successful sophomore campaign, especially considering the context of Denver's offensive woes and how slowly young tight ends usually develop. Given that Fant managed to avoid the Broncos' injury report entirely to close out the year, there's no reason to be concerned that his ankle issue will linger into offseason workouts.

Jan 4, 2021 2:03 PM EST

Six grabs Sunday

Fant caught six of nine targets for 65 yards in Sunday's 19-16 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: The tight end is having a strong close to his second NFL campaign, hauling in 14 catches for 133 yards and a TD on 20 targets over the last two games. Fant will look to keep his momentum rolling in Week 17's clash with the Raiders.

Dec 27, 2020 7:16 PM EST

Dominates target share Week 15

Fant reeled in eight of 11 targets for 68 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's 48-19 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: After being forced to exit last Sunday's win against Carolina in the first quarter because of an illness, Fant got back on track with a lucrative Week 15 performance. The second-year tight end attracted greater than double the targets of Denver's second-busiest option, Jerry Jeudy, while also racking up more catches and receiving yards than the entire receiving corps combined. Fant proved capable of snapping a 10-game scoring drought during the loss to Buffalo. Now, he shifts focus to a Chargers defense that ranked second worst in the NFL with 10 receiving TDs allowed to opposing tight ends.

Dec 19, 2020 6:37 PM EST

Returns to full practice

Fant (illness) practiced fully Wednesday, putting him on track to play Saturday against the Bills, Troy Renck of ABC Denver7 reports.

Analysis: Fant was listed as a non-participant on Denver's practice estimate Tuesday, but he seems to have fully recovered and is on track to play Saturday against a Bills team that has struggled to defend tight ends. Buffalo has allowed the most catches (75) and second-most yards (833) to the position this season, along with seven touchdowns.

Dec 16, 2020 1:23 PM EST

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