The Broncos are expected to have two key players back for their Week 1 showdown with the Giants. Tight end Noah Fant (leg) and outside linebacker Bradley Chubb (ankle) returned to practice on Monday after both players missed significant time during training camp. Broncos coach Vic Fangio was optimistic when asked if both players would be available for Denver's first game of the 2021 regular season on Sept. 12.
Fant, the 20th overall pick in the 2019 draft, sustained his injury on Aug. 24, two days after having a limited role in Denver's preseason win over the Seahawks. With Fant on the mend, fellow tight ends Albert Okwuegbunam, Eric Saubert and Andrew Beck received a heavier workload during the preseason. Chubb underwent surgery in May after being inactive for the Broncos' final two games of the 2020 season. He had his fifth-year option picked up by the team on April 30.
Both players look to have significant roles in 2021. Fant is hoping to have a breakout season after averaging 51 receptions for 618 yards receiving and three touchdowns during his first two seasons. Fant will look to build a rapport with Teddy Bridgewater, who beat out Drew Lock for the job as Denver's starting quarterback.
The fifth overall pick in the 2018 draft, Chubb was named to his first Pro Bowl roster last season after recording 7.5 sacks in seven games. Chubb rebounded from an ACL tear that sidelined him for the final 12 games of the 2019 season.
Denver has high hopes despite last year's 5-11 record. The Broncos added several pieces to both sides of the ball during the 2021 draft that includes cornerback Patrick Surtain II and running back Javonte Williams. The Broncos also expecting big contributions from second-year receivers Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler.
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