The Denver Broncos opened their rookie minicamp and first-round pick Noah Fant thought his first experience with the team was ‘amazing’.
There are typically some nerves on your first day at a new job, but those first day jitters didn’t get to Denver Broncos rookie tight end Noah Fant.
Fant characterized his first day at Denver Broncos rookie camp as ‘amazing’ and said that it felt good to be out there ‘practicing and playing football.’
Here’s your first look at Fant on the practice field with the Broncos.
Although the media’s ability to cover the practice was limited, it’s easy to see why Fant is such an exciting prospect.
He’s too big for defensive backs. He’s too strong for safeties. He’s too fast for linebackers.
The Broncos saw firsthand last year what an Iowa product is capable of doing at the tight end position to a defense that simply doesn’t have an answer, so they brought in part of the coaching staff from that 49ers team and brought in a freakishly athletic Iowa tight end of their own.
George Kittle was unbelievable for the 49ers in 2018. He went into every single game as the unquestioned top threat on the offense to make a big play, and he was targeted 136 times throughout the season and still managed to catch 88 passes for 1,377 yards and five touchdowns.
He couldn’t fathom that amount of targets at Iowa.
Fant couldn’t either, if we’re being honest, as Iowa just simply doesn’t throw the ball that often. He won’t see 136 targets this year with the Broncos in all likelihood, but he should play a critical role. He said from his time with the Hawkeyes he’s experienced at the ‘Y’ which is often the in-line tight end role as well as the ‘F’ which is where he would be split out as a big slot, h-back, or receiver.
The Broncos are going to need every single one of those skills to maximize their offensive personnel this season. The options with Fant on the field are endless.
Imagine having Phillip Lindsay in the backfield with Courtland Sutton and Emmanuel Sanders on the outside and Jake Butt playing in-line while Fant is lined up in the slot.
Or imagine Royce Freeman in the backfield with the Broncos in ’12’ personnel with Fant and Butt or Heuerman or even Fumagalli lined up at tight end and your choice of two receivers on the outside.
The options for the Broncos this season are going to be endlessly fun with Fant in the fold. He’s such a dynamic playmaker at the tight end position. As Vic Fangio said before the draft when he’s scouting offensive players, he wants guys he would hate to have to go against.
Fant would certainly fit the bill, and the Broncos’ offense will be better for it.