Fant finished the 2020 season with 62 receptions for 673 yards and three touchdowns on 93 targets over his 15 appearances with the program. Fant became more of a short-range, volume target under first-year offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak than he had been while playing in the Rich Scangarello-led offense in 2019. The tight end averaged 4.1 catches per game in 2020, but his yards per reception fell by more than three, dropping from 14.1 in 2019 to 10.9 in 2020. Fant's production fell off dramatically after injuring his ankle Week 4 against the Jets, and though he only ended up missing one game on the season, he never seemed to fully recover from the issue. With a full offseason to rehab and with better health in 2021, Fant could have the potential to make another leap forward in his third NFL season.
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 TheDNVR.com reports. 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.
Fant caught six of nine targets for 65 yards in Sunday's 19-16 loss to the Chargers. 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.
Fant reeled in eight of 11 targets for 68 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's 48-19 loss to the Bills. 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 ranks second worst in the NFL with 10 receiving TDs allowed to opposing tight ends.
Fant (illness) practiced fully Wednesday, putting him on track to play Saturday against the Bills, Troy Renck of ABC Denver7 reports. Fant was listed as a non-participant on Denver's practice estimate Tuesday, but he seems to have fully recovered the stomach ailment that forced him out early in last week's win over the Panthers. He draws a favorable Week 15 matchup versus a Buffalo defense that has allowed the most catches (75) and second-most yards (833) to tight ends this season, along with seven touchdowns.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||66||40||562||3||23||14.05||72|