Denver Broncos: Noah Fant returns from COVID-19 list

Denver Broncos tight end Noah Fant. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Denver Broncos tight end Noah Fant. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /

The Denver Broncos will get tight end Noah Fant back this week against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Good news for the Denver Broncos for their upcoming game against the Philadelphia Eagles: tight end Noah Fant will be back after spending some time away due to testing positive for COVID-19. As the team’s website clarifies, vaccinated players are to be placed on the COVID-19 list only if they tested positive, not if they were considered a close contact with someone else.

Now, the Denver Broncos will be able to try and get things going in their tight end passing game, as the Eagles have given up the most receptions (67), 2nd most yards (697), and most touchdowns (8) to tight ends.

Fant has 37 receptions for 320 yards and three touchdowns this season. He missed last week’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, but the team beat the NFC East team 30-16 despite his absence.

The Eagles have gone several games allowing opposing tight ends to be the other team’s top pass catcher against them. At the end of the day, it’s going to be up to Pat Shurmur to draw up effective plays, Teddy Bridgewater to get him the football, and Fant to make the plays.

We have seen some poor play designs by Shurmur where completions have gone for no yards. That cannot continue to happen. In 2019 as a rookie, Fant averaged 14.1 yards per reception. Last year, he averaged 10.9. In 2021, he’s averaged just 8.6 yards per reception in eight games.

Something would be really wrong if Fant isn’t utilized to the best of his abilities against the worst team vs tight ends in the league.

The Broncos are looking to carry over a positive experience from their game against the Dallas Cowboys to another NFC East opponent in Philadelphia.

The Denver Broncos are not out of it in the AFC West right now. While they are technically in last place, they are still in a good position based on their 5-4 record.  If things go as planned, they could be climbing the division rankings.