The Seahawks picked up the fifth-year option on Fant's rookie contract Tuesday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Analysis: The 2019 first-round pick was part of the March trade that sent QB Russell Wilson to the Broncos and QB Drew Lock back to the Seahawks. While Fant's prospects for 2022 partially hinge on Lock improving or the Seahawks finding a better QB, there's a good chance the 24-year-old tight end will have more than one year to figure things out in Seattle. The fifth-year option is for a fully guaranteed $6.85 million, a reasonable figure from the team's point of view even if Fant hasn't quite lived up to the standards of a 20th overall draft pick. The upcoming season will be his fourth in the NFL, with the option then applying to 2023.
Apr 12, 2022 12:50 PM EST
The Broncos dealt Fant, quarterback Drew Lock, defensive end Shelby Harris and five draft picks to the Seahawks for Russell Wilson and a fourth-round pick, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: With the move, Fant potentially will have some familiarity with the starting quarterback in his new locale, having played with Lock in each of his three seasons to date. Overall, Fant has 170 catches and 10 touchdowns in 47 career games while racking up at least 500 yards each year. The 2019 first-rounder should slot in as the Seahawks' top tight end in 2022.
Mar 8, 2022 11:45 AM EST
Fant caught one of two targets for 16 yards in Saturday's 28-24 loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: Fant's one grab in Week 18 was his lowest reception total in 2021, which was a fitting end to what was mostly a disappointing season. The tight end finished the season with 68 catches for 670 yards and four touchdowns. Fant's talent is undeniable, but Denver's often abysmal passing attack and weak quarterback play certainly impacted his ability to see sustained success this season. The 24-year-old has one year left on his rookie deal, as he is set to become a free agent in 2023. If he is to have a strong contract year in 2022, an upgrade at the quarterback position would go a long way in helping to provide a spark for him and the rest of Denver's talented group of pass catchers. Fellow tight end Albert Okwuegbunam is a player to keep an eye on in Denver, as the team involved him more on offense in his second year. If Okwuegbunam's role continues to grow, it could have an impact on Fant's target share going forward.
Jan 12, 2022 5:00 AM EST
Fant (quadriceps) doesn't have an injury designation for Saturday's game against the Chiefs, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Analysis: Fant received clearance for the season finale after practicing fully Thursday after he had been listed as a limited participant on the Broncos' initial two Week 18 reports. The tight end is coming off an impressive 6-92-1 receiving performance in the Broncos' Week 17 loss to the Chargers, but he could be in store for a reduction in the seven targets he saw in the previous contest now that starting wideouts Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick have been cleared to play following one-game stints on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Jan 6, 2022 1:58 PM EST
Fant (quadriceps) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Analysis: Fant was also listed as a limited participant on Tuesday's estimated practice report after presumably picking up the injury while catching six of seven targets for 92 yards and a touchdown during the Week 17 loss to the Chargers. The 24-year-old could avoid an injury designation for Saturday's matchup with the Chiefs if he's able to practice fully Thursday.
Jan 5, 2022 2:53 PM EST
Denver listed Fant as a limited participant on Tuesday's estimated practice report due to a quadriceps injury, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Analysis: While Denver had two of its three starting wideouts in Jerry Jeudy (illness) and Tim Patrick (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Fant took on an expanded role in the passing attack in the team's 34-13 loss to the Chargers in Week 17. Fant finished with six receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown on seven targets, with the yardage total just five off his season-best mark. In the aftermath of the busy game, Fant is apparently banged up, but his listing as a limited participant offers hope that he'll be ready to go by the time Saturday's season finale against the Chiefs arrives.
Jan 4, 2022 12:48 PM EST
Fant caught six of seven targets for 92 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-13 loss to the Chargers.
Analysis: He was the Broncos' leading receiver on the afternoon, although his five-yard TD late in the fourth quarter did little but boost his fantasy production. Fant has set new career highs in catches (67) and touchdowns (four) this season, and he needs only 20 more receiving yards in Week 18 against Kansas City to reach a new personal best in that category as well.
Jan 2, 2022 8:17 PM EST
Fant secured three of four targets for 30 yards in Sunday's 17-13 loss to the Raiders.
Analysis: Fant's underwhelming season continued in Week 16, as the tight end failed to produce much for fantasy purposes. Notably, Fant has not found the end zone since Week 6, the last time the Broncos played the Raiders. The Broncos' passing game has been ineffective for the majority of the season, and it was more of the same with Drew Lock starting under center. Fant and the Broncos will visit the Chargers in Week 17, but the 6-foot-4, 249-pounder will be difficult to trust in fantasy lineups.
Dec 29, 2021 6:58 AM EST
Fant recorded five receptions on six targets for 57 yards in Sunday's 15-10 loss to the Bengals.
Analysis: Fant led the team with 5 receptions and finished behind only Albert Okwuegbunam in receiving yards. He did the majority of his damage on big plays, highlighted by a 28-yard gain early in the second quarter that came primarily after the catch. Notably, Fant produced with both Teddy Bridgewater (concussion) and Drew Lock under center, so he may be able to carry this strong performance into a Week 16 matchup against Las Vegas regardless of who is under center. In addition, Fant has shown a safe floor of late, recorded at least four receptions in four of his last five contests.
Dec 19, 2021 8:37 PM EST
Fant caught all four of his targets for 51 yards in Sunday's 38-10 win over the Lions.
Analysis: Fant's 51 receiving yards were a team-high, though it was Denver's No. 2 tight end Albert Okwuegbunam who had the better fantasy day. Fant played on 50 offensive snaps, while Okwuegbunam was in on 38. The latter, however, found the end zone on four-yard catch late in the game. Like the rest of Denver's pass catchers, Fant has been underwhelming for several weeks, and the veteran has not scored a touchdown since Week 6. The 6-foot-4, 249-pounder will be hard to trust down the stretch, starting with a Week 15 matchup against the Bengals.
Dec 14, 2021 8:41 AM EST
Fant caught all four targets for 33 yards in Sunday's 22-9 loss to Kansas City.
Analysis: Javonte Williams (102 rushing yards and 76 receiving yards) shouldered the load on offense, resulting in lackluster outputs from the majority of Denver's receiving unit. Fant was providing some fantasy value earlier in the season, but the tight end has seen his production drop off of late, averaging a shade under four receptions and 30.2 receiving yards over his last five contests. The 23-year-old will attempt to bounce back in a favorable matchup against the Lions next Sunday.
Dec 5, 2021 9:46 PM EST
Fant caught three of four targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 28-13 win over the Chargers.
Analysis: While the yardage was poor, Fant tied for the team lead in receptions with Javonte Williams, and he might have had a more appealing fantasy performance if depth tight end Eric Saubert hadn't vultured a one-yard TD in the fourth quarter. Fant has caught multiple passes in every game he's played this season, but he might need to be more productive in Week 13 against Kansas City.
Nov 28, 2021 7:09 PM EST
Fant caught five of six targets for 59 yards in Sunday's 30-13 loss to the Eagles.
Analysis: Fant played the most snaps at tight end as the Broncos' No. 1 option at the position, but it was his backup Albert Okwuegbunam who led the team in receiving Sunday. Overall, Fant has been a disappointment for fantasy managers hoping for a breakout year for the 23-year-old. Over the past two games, he has also seen his snap percentage drop to 78 percent, after being 90 percent or above for the four weeks prior. This is likely a function of Okwuegbunam's increased involvement on offense. The Broncos get a bye in Week 11, but Fant will look to have a bounce back performance in Week 12 against the Chargers.
Nov 16, 2021 5:03 AM EST
Fant has been activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list.
Analysis: Fant, who was placed on the list on Nov. 2 and missed this past Sunday's game against the Cowboys, is thus slated to practice Wednesday and is in line to return to the lineup this weekend against the Eagles. In eight games this season, Fant has logged 37 catches (on 53 targets) for 320 yards and three TDs, numbers that make him a viable weekly fantasy option at the tight end position.
Nov 10, 2021 1:22 PM EST
Coach Vic Fangio said Monday that Fant (illness) is close to clearing the league's COVID-19 protocols, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Analysis: Fangio is optimistic that Fant will be able to rejoin the Broncos on Tuesday, but he has "one last hurdle" to clear before he's activated. The tight end has been on the reserve/COVID-19 list since Nov. 2 after testing positive for the virus, but it appears as though he has a good chance to return to the field Sunday against the Eagles.
Nov 8, 2021 10:34 AM EST
Fant (illness) won't play in Sunday's game at Dallas, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Analysis: As predicted by coach Vic Vangio on Friday, Fant was unable to make his way through league protocols and be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list after testing positive for the virus Tuesday. He'll thus yield primary TE duties to Albert Okwuegbunam (knee), while Eric Saubert and Andrew Beck are on hand to step in at the position.
Nov 7, 2021 8:49 AM EST
Coach Vic Fangio believes Fant (illness) won't come off the reserve/COVID-19 list in time to suit up Sunday in Dallas, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Analysis: Denver has one of the league's more intriguing backup tight ends in Albert Okwuegbunam, but he's questionable himself due to a knee injury, so Eric Saubert could be pushed into a featured role come Sunday. Considering Fant is vaccinated, there's a good chance he'll be able to return in time for the Broncos' Week 10 home game against the Eagles.
Nov 5, 2021 12:40 PM EST
Fant (illness), who landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday following a positive test for the virus, could still have a chance to play Sunday in Dallas, George Stoia III of The Denver Gazette reports.
Analysis: According to Stoia, Fant is vaccinated, which gives him a chance for a quicker return than unvaccinated player, who would be forced to remain away from the team for at least 10 days following a positive test. Fant has continued to test positive since entering quarantine, so he'll still need to submit two negative test results at least 24 hours apart and display no symptoms of the virus before he's eligible to rejoin the Broncos. The team should have more clarity heading into Sunday whether Fant is available or not, but Albert Okwuegbunam (knee) would be the next man up to fill in as Denver's starting tight end, assuming Okwuegbunam can overcome the injury that limited him in practice to begin the week.
Nov 4, 2021 11:08 AM EST
Fant's placement on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday was the result of a positive test for the virus, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Thus, Fant will need to produce a pair of negative tests 24 hours apart in order to be eligible to play Sunday at Dallas. He has time to do just that, but the Broncos likely are preparing for him to be sidelined for at least one game. If Fant doesn't clear league protocols in time to suit up Week 9, the Broncos will be down to Albert Okwuegbunam, Eric Saubert and Andrew Beck at tight end.
Nov 2, 2021 3:02 PM EST
The Broncos placed Fant (undisclosed) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Fant has served as the Broncos' clear No. 1 tight end this season, recording 37 catches (on 53 targets) for 320 yards and three touchdowns in eight games. It's unclear if he tested positive for COVID-19 and whether or not he's vaccinated, which are the two things that'll determine when he's able to rejoin his teammates. If he takes a seat Sunday in Dallas, Fant will yield TE duties to Albert Okwuegbunam, Eric Saubert and Andrew Beck.
Nov 2, 2021 2:37 PM EST
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