Fant caught two of three targets for 11 yards during Sunday's 16-0 win over the Titans.
Denver tried to incorporate Fant out of the gate in the second half, with Joe Flacco finding him over the middle for a gain of 11 on the second play of the half. The QB looked his way again downfield three plays later, a ball the rookie tight end never picked up and which bounced off his back and into the arms of a defender. Fant was not targeted again for the rest of the game and drew some ire on social media, but the pass was thrown behind him and Flacco complimented the rookie after the game for beating his man and getting open. Fant has similarly drawn praise from other teammates and coaches, but has yet to put things together. He doesn't have much time to improve with the Chiefs coming to town Thursday.
Fant was targeted once during Sunday's 20-13 win over the Chargers, converting it into a six-yard reception.
Fant hasn't necessarily set the world on fire during his first few career games, but he has been good for at least one shot downfield per game. That didn't happen Sunday as the Denver offense started hot and fluttered quickly. Playing with a multi-score lead for much of the game and facing pressure from the Chargers' front, the Broncos dropped back just 23 times compared to 32 rushing attempts. Fant has flashed tantalizing potential thus far in his career, but you should look for more consistent success from him before putting the rookie in your lineup.
Fant hauled in two of his four targets for 31 yards and a touchdown in Week 4 against the Jaguars.
Fant got the Broncos on the board by hauling in a screen pass from Joe Flacco and racing to the end zone for a 25-yard score. He was quiet from there, recording just one more reception for six yards. While he hasn't posted particularly impressive numbers through four games, Fant has shown big-play ability by turning in at least one reception of 20 or more yards in three games this season. He'll look to continue to work into a bigger role in the offense in Week 5 against the Chargers.
Fant caught all three of his targets for 37 total yards, but gave up a costly fumble during Sunday's 27-16 loss in Green Bay.
It started off as a nice third-down conversion on the opening drive of the first half -- Fant catching the ball in the flat and then juking his defender for the first down. Instead, cornerback Jaire Alexander stripped Fant just before the rookie tight end went down to the turf, setting up a Packers touchdown on a short field. Fant has plenty of athleticism, continues to have a commanding lead in snaps, and seems bound to have a big game or two in the not-so-distant future, but Sunday's fumble is one in a series of reminders that the former Hawkeye just isn't there yet.
Fant caught all four of his targets for 33 total yards during Sunday's 16-14 loss to Chicago. He led Denver's tight ends in offensive snaps with 54 -- 16 more than teammate Jeff Heuerman.
Fant jumpstarted a field-goal drive late in the third quarter, opening up the possession with a 24-yard deep grab. Though he's been criticized for his blocking, he's been a solid weapon to start the season -- four of his six receptions going for first downs -- and he has still yet to fully display the unique athletic profile that got him drafted in the first round. He probably isn't worth considering until those moments flash with more regularity, which will be tough Week 3 against a stingy Packers defense.
Fant caught two of five passes for 29 yards and rushed once for minus-5 yards in Monday's 24-16 loss to the Raiders.
The rookie first-round pick was clearly Denver's No. 1 tight end -- he played 52 of 64 snaps (81 percent) -- but that didn't lead to noteworthy production, as Emmanuel Sanders and Courtland Sutton were clearly Joe Flacco's favorite targets. Still, it's a good sign that Joe Flacco is already looking Fant's way, and he has the size and athleticism to be an intriguing fantasy tight end. Owners should wait until he actually proves it, though, before plugging him into the lineup.
Fant (ankle) is part of an injury-riddled tight end group that saw Jake Butt (knee) suffer another setback earlier this week, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
Fant had been dealing with his own injury -- a minor ankle sprain -- but returned to practice Monday. Jeff Heuerman (shoulder) then made his way back to the practice field Tuesday, after missing the first three games of the preseason. Both tight ends seem to be on track for Week 1 at Oakland, giving the Broncos some options for how to divide snaps. Troy Fumagalli also is in the mix for playing time, coming off a five-catch performance in the third week of the preseason.
Fant (ankle) is participating in Monday's practice, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
It remains to be seen whether Fant is practicing in full or on a limited basis. In any case, it's a step in the right direction for the rookie tight end, who's working to get healthy after suffering an injury during last Monday's preseason tilt against the 49ers. All signs point to Fant suiting up for the regular-season opener, though he could see a limited snap count depending on his recovery progress.
Fant (ankle) is expected to suit up for Denver's regular-season opener against the Raiders, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.
The Broncos are viewing Fant as day-to-day after he sustained a minor right ankle sprain during Monday's exhibition contest against the 49ers. While it's positive news that the rookie tight end will likely be ready to go for Week 1, his capped reps late in the preseason could result in him handling a more limited role than initially projected early in the regular season as he works his way back to full strength.
Fant was diagnosed with a minor ankle sprain and is considered day-to-day, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Fant suffered the injury in Monday's preseason game against the 49ers, but there doesn't appear to be much concern surrounding the sprain. With Fant being day-to-day, he shouldn't be at risk of missing the start of the regular season.
Fant's foot injury is not considered serious, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.
Fant exited Monday's preseason contest against the 49ers due to a foot injury and did not return to the game, but he does not appear in danger of missing regular-season time. Still, any time spent sidelined would be a loss of valuable reps for the rookie first-round pick, who the Broncos hope can make an immediate impact in the receiving game. Fant will work to resume practicing as soon as possible.
Fant suffered a right foot injury during Monday's preseason contest against the 49ers and is questionable to return, Kyle Fredrickson of The Denver Post reports.
Fant limped off the field and was examined by trainers. The severity of the rookie first-round pick's injury remains undisclosed, but it's a positive sign that he wasn't immediately ruled out to retake the field. When fully healthy, Fant projects to serve as Denver's top pass-catching tight end.
Fant secured both of his targets for 14 yards in the Broncos' 22-14 preseason loss to the Seahawks on Thursday.
Fant doubled up his reception total from last Thursday's Hall of Fame Game, but he still produced a modest line overall. The first-round pick is gaining some valuable on-the-job training over the first pair of preseason contests, and he figures to benefit from Denver playing one extra exhibition game this summer. Fant will look to make more of a mark in the Broncos' third preseason tilt, which unfolds Monday, Aug. 18 against the 49ers.
Fant secured one of three targets for seven yards in the Broncos' 14-10 preseason win over the Falcons on Thursday.
The first-round pick didn't have much of a chance to make an impact, given that the Broncos' quarterback play was spotty. Fant's athleticism is off the charts, so he's expected to see a fair share of opportunities downfield in the coming season while primarily sharing tight-end duties with Jeff Heuerman. Fant will look to enjoy a bigger role in the passing game during next Thursday's preseason tilt against the Seahawks.
The Broncos selected Fant in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 20th overall.
Denver makes this pick after trading the 10th pick to Pittsburgh. Fant is the most athletic tight end prospect in the class at 6-foot-4 1/8 and 249 pounds, with a 4.5 40-yard dash and a 39.5-inch vertical jump. His best season came as a sophomore when he caught 30 passes for 494 yards and a whopping 11 touchdowns before being slightly overshadowed by fellow first-rounder T.J. Hockenson in Iowa's offense. Fant is raw in some facets of his game and his blocking will be something that needs major work if he is to develop into an every-down piece of Denver's system. However, his athleticism and pass-catching upside can make him a mismatch up the seam if used properly. At the very least, Fant becomes the top pass-catching tight end in Denver right away.
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