Denver Broncos: 7 takeaways from tough loss to Titans

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Denver Broncos, Noah Fant
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4. Noah Fant’s tale of two halves

In the first half against the Titans, the Denver Broncos and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur incorporated tight end Noah Fant into the passing game beautifully.

Without Courtland Sutton, Fant became the top target in the passing game early on, catching eight passes for 81 yards and a touchdown, all in just the first half.

Fant was doing what we had seen him do a lot of last season — making big runs after the catch and using his athleticism and speed in the open field as a tremendous weapon for the offense.

We also saw Fant do something that he hadn’t done a ton of in his rookie season, and that was use his body to make a really tough catch in the red zone, notching his first touchdown of the season.

Fant’s first half was amazing, but the Broncos ‘went a different direction’ in the second half and he was targeted just one time with no catches.

What in the world happened?

Of all the things to go away from, why go away from Fant in the second half?

The Broncos tried to open up the passing game a little bit which was fine, but to go away from the high percentage throws to Fant was a really poor decision after he proved himself to be unstoppable in the first half.