More Myths to Debunk
I saw this tweet before the 2019 Draft and rolled my eyes so hard I wasn’t sure they would come back down.
This is straight up slander of a player I’ve watched every game of the past two years. I want to address the statistic he posted in the second tweet, and I won’t even pay any attention to the straight up disrespect in the first tweet.
Noah Fant had 78 receptions at Iowa. So the idea that he had 91 catchable targets and all 13 of those passes he didn’t catch were straight up drops doesn’t make sense to me. Not to mention, I never — and I’m not trying to fluff this guy up at all — I never remember yelling out at the TV during Iowa games, “WELLP. Noah Fant just dropped another!”
I don’t recall him ever having an issue with drops. Dropping 13 passes over the course of three seasons (two as a starter) is also not that big of a deal even if it is true.
Why is it not that big of a deal?
Well, first of all, Fant had more touchdowns in college (19) than he did drops if indeed he did have 13. Second, it was never a pattern or a bad habit. It might have happened on occasion, but if Fant had 13 drops on 91 catchable targets, they were spread out far between his big plays.
This is such a trash take I can’t even handle it.
And to address his contested catch ability — this is another point that makes me irate.
Fant didn’t have many contested catches at Iowa because there was rarely a contest. As we mentioned in a previous slide, Fant blew by most defenders who tried to square him up. He did such a great job of creating separation with route running abilities and speed that he was often running wild and free in the open field.
In essence, please get these takes and myths out of my line of sight.