Fant (foot/hip) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
Fant's practice reps have been restricted this week while he manages the two injuries, with coach Vic Fangio saying the rookie could "possibly" be limited Sunday but is trending in the right direction to play, per Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com. Fortunately, the Broncos kick off among the early wave of games Sunday, leaving Fant's fantasy managers with some alternatives at their disposal in the event his condition unexpectedly takes a turn for the worse leading up to game day. Fant caught all four of his targets for 113 yards and a touchdown in the Week 14 win over Houston, marking the second time this season the rookie has cleared the century mark in yardage.
Fant (foot/hip) returned to a limited practice Thursday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
Previous reports suggested that coach Vic Fangio was optimistic about the tight end's outlook for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, and his return to practice bolsters that. We'll revisit Fant's status Friday to see if he's listed as questionable on the Broncos' final Week 15 injury report, or if he heads into the weekend minus any sort of designation.
Fant (foot/hip) won't practice Wednesday, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
The reports adds that coach Vic Fangio is optimistic about the tight end's outlook in advance of Sunday's game against the Chiefs, but it would certainly be encouraging to those considering Fant in Week 15 lineups if he returned to the practice field in some capacity Thursday.
Fant suffered a bruised foot Sunday at Houston and is also dealing with what coach Vic Fangio described as "hip irritation," Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.
Before leaving Sunday's eventual win, Fant put his stamp on the game with the second 100-yard effort of his career. In the meantime, he's undergone X-rays, which came back negative, and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Monday that the rookie tight end's foot injury is minor. With a hip issue also in tow, Fant's practice reps could be impacted once the Broncos get back on the field for Week 15 prep, starting Wednesday.
The foot injury Fant sustained in Sunday's 38-24 win over the Texans is considered minor and isn't expected to cost him any additional game action, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The rookie tight end cleared the century mark in yardage for the second time this season in Sunday's victory, finishing with four grabs for 113 yards and a touchdown on four targets. His foot was stepped on during the contest and resulted in him getting carted off the field, but initial X-rays returned negative. No reports have surfaced suggesting Fant will require an MRI as a result of the injury, so he tentatively looks in line to maintain his usual starting role Week 15 in Kansas City. Another update on Fant's status should come when the Broncos release their first injury report of the week Wednesday.
Fant exited Sunday's 38-24 win over the Texans after his foot was stepped on, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
On the plus side, the tight end's X-rays came up negative, which suggests that Fant has a chance to play next weekend against the Chiefs. Prior to his exit from Sunday's game, he caught all four of his targets for 113 yards and a TD.
Fant left Sunday's game against the Texans after suffering a foot injury, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
Prior to being carted off the field Sunday, Fant made his mark in the Broncos' strong effort against Houston, hauling in all four of his targets for 113 yards and a TD.
Fant caught one of three targets for five yards during Sunday's 23-20 win over the Chargers.
In fellow rookie Drew Lock's first career start, fans were right to be eager to see a glimpse of what the future could hold for Lock and Fant as a tandem. They'll have to keep waiting. The quarterback missed connecting with his tight end on a pair of big plays Sunday -- first, Fant did not fight back to the ball in the end zone and had a would-be touchdown knocked away in the first quarter. Later, he lost track of a deep shot down the sideline in the third quarter. It's fair to wonder, given Lock's preseason injury and Fant's first-team status, how much the two rookies have actually worked together, so their chemistry should improve as Lock's practice reps increase. Sunday offers a nice matchup against Houston's 28th-ranked pass defense.
Fant caught three of five targets for 14 yards during Sunday's 20-3 loss in Buffalo.
Fant caught a quick 16-yard pass following a Justin Simmons interception to push the Broncos in the Bills territory. Brandon Allen sailed a pass six plays later to cough the ball back up. The Broncos weren't much of a threat for the remainder of the game. The luster of Week 9's win over the Browns has all but worn off by now and, though Fant has been targeted at least five times in four of his last five games and has made some big plays, his value is limited by the Broncos' quarterback situation. Next up is a Chargers defense that has been burned at times downfield this season.
Fant caught four of 11 targets for 60 yards during Sunday's 27-23 loss in Minnesota. He lost seven yards on two carries.
Fant and Brandon Allen had some nice moments Sunday, with a 31-yard shot downfield on the opening possession and a clutch 11-yard completion over the middle to convert a fourth down on Denver's final drive. The issues came in the red zone, as Allen threw behind Fant for a red-zone interception just before halftime and the two were unable to link up on either of Allen's end-zone attempts to Fant on the team's final drive. Despite the misses, Fant appears to be trending upward, even with Tim Patrick offering some more stability at WR2. The rookie is averaging 7.3 targets per game over his last four contests, and, given his ability to get create mismatches, he's always in play for some downfield shots each week. Next up in Week 12 is a Bills defense that has been particularly adept this season at keeping opposing receivers in front of them.
Fant caught three of four targets for 115 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-19 win over the Browns.
The rookie tight end looked like the second coming of Rob Gronkowski on his 75-yard TD reception in the second quarter, catching a pass from Brandon Allen as he came across the middle and then steamrolling multiple Cleveland defenders before racing down the sideline to the end zone. Fant hadn't topped 37 yards in a game prior to Sunday's breakout, so don't assume he's emerged as a sure thing; however, he's seen 17 targets over the last three games and will have a much brighter fantasy outlook coming out of the Broncos' Week 10 bye.
Fant caught five of eight targets for 26 yards during Sunday's 15-13 loss in Indianapolis.
A question heading into Sunday was which Bronco would benefit from Emmanuel Sanders' trade to San Francisco. The early indications are positive for Fant, who set season highs in catches and targets, albeit with measly yardage. Despite his unique size-speed combination, Fant is only averaging 9.8 yards per reception and has been a relative non-factor in the red zone with his only touchdown of the season coming on a 25-yard screen play in Week 4. The results may not improve much, but expect Fant to get WR2-level targets down the stretch on a Denver team without many options at receiver.
Though Fant (foot) didn't practice Friday, he doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Colts, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
Stevens relays that the rookie tight end cut his foot after Thursday's practice when cutting the tape off his ankle, which led to Fant sitting out Friday's session. Fant downplayed the issue, noting that it's "1,000 percent" he'll play this weekend. "It's completely fine." Per Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic, the No. 20 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft had three drops in Week 7's 30-6 loss to the Chiefs en route to being held to one catch on five targets. That's an issue Fant hopes to bounce back from this weekend, but until he gets back on track after three straight quiet games, he'll remain a speculative fantasy lineup option.
Fant registered a seven-yard reception on five targets in Thursday's 30-6 loss to the Chiefs.
Fant continues to garner starter reps with 48 of 72 possible offensive snaps, but his production failed to impress once again. Many chalk up Fant's lack of production to Joe Flacco's tight-end-averse history, although the Broncos' brass continues to compliment Fant on his play. There could be an opportunity for the rookie tight end going forward after Emmanuel Sanders was traded to the 49ers on Tuesday, as he leaves behind five targets per game, including 1.8 in the red zone.
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.
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