Before the Denver Broncos faced the Las Vegas Raiders in their season finale last month, coach Vic Fangio was asked if Noah Fant could reach the level of AFC West tight ends Travis Kelce and Darren Waller.
“I think he’s close,” Fangio said on Dec. 30. “We like Noah. Noah is a very talented player. I think he’s improved this year from last year in many areas. He’s caught the ball well, he runs good with it after the catch, and he’s a competitive blocker. I think he’s got a chance to be in the top 10 of tight ends around the league.”
Fant was available for 15 games last season and caught 62 passes for 673 yards and three touchdowns. Broncos quarterback Drew Lock believes Fant will only continue to improve.
“He’s grown a lot,” Lock said on Dec. 30. “It’s all plays that we knew he could make. It was about getting him in those positions and me giving him a chance with the ball to make those plays. He’s come a long way from the beginning of last year to now. I don’t think there is any chance of him slowing down in his progression.”
Through two seasons, Fant has hauled in 102 receptions for 1,235 receiving yards and six touchdowns, averaging 12.1 yards per catch.