The 2019 season was a transition period for the Denver Broncos as they ended with just a 7-9 record. With that came an opportunity for the team’s prospects like Noah Fant. He showed real potential and solidified himself as a starting tight end.
There was a real lack of reliable receiving threats within the Broncos’ offense outside of Courtland Sutton in the No. 1 receiver role. The problem was only exacerbated by the mid-season trade sending Emmanuel Sanders to the San Francisco 49ers.
That prompted the Broncos to use their initial two selections in the 2020 NFL Draft to take a pair of wide receiver prospects–Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler. They followed those draft choices up with a tight end selection–Drew Lock‘s former teammate at Missouri, Albert Okwuegbuna.
The wide receiver position left a lot to be desired and that placed a greater emphasis on Fant in the passing game. He ended up trailing only Sutton in every major receiving category last season.
During the 2019 season, Fant managed to appear in all 16 of the Broncos’ games and made 11 starts. He caught 40 of the 66 targets thrown his way, resulting in 562 yards and three touchdowns. Let’s not forget, his average for yards after the catch per reception (8.3) was no easy feat either.
With that being said, et’s take a look at what to expect from Broncos TE Noah Fant in 2020.