Denver Broncos: Roster prediction following final preseason game
TE: Noah Fant, Albert Okwuegbunam, Eric Saubert, Andrew Beck (4)
Cut: Austin Fort, Shaun Beyer
The real competition here is the third tight end spot. Noah Fant is the obvious starter with Albert Okwuegbunam as a guy who will for sure be on the field at the same time as the No. 1 at certain times.
A couple of weeks ago, I said that I felt Okwuegbunam may be in line for a sophomore leap. With Nick Vannett out, Okwuegbunam becomes the No. 2 tight end. In time, Fant could become a top-10 tight end in the entire league but that will be heavily dependent on two things: How the tight end position is utilized with Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback and the return of Pat Shurmur as offensive coordinator.
In May, the Broncos signed former Jaguars tight end Eric Saubert.
“Eric is tough. It’s hard to find a tight end that can run like him, and he is as physical as a linebacker. He can shed, and he does every single thing you ask him to do. He’s mean, and that’s what you need.” That was a quote from Broncos special teams coach Tom McMahon on Friday when meeting with the media.
Austin Fort and Shaun Beyer are the last players on the depth chart and may not have done enough to secure their spot on the roster.