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Denver Broncos Roster2019 Broncos roster review: Tight end Noah FantNew Dre’Mont Jones Jersey 2019 ,60commentsThe rookie should be an instant impact weapon for the Denver Broncos offense. MDTThe Denver Broncos traded back from their 10th overall selection in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft to the 20th overall selection with the Pittsburgh Steelers (who selected Michigan linebacker Devin Bush). With that 20th overall selection, the Broncos selected former Iowa tight end, Noah Fant. A few weeks later, the Broncos signed their first-round pick by giving him a four-year, $12,590,721 deal that includes a $7,176,888 signing bonus, $9,883,805 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $3,147,680 during his deal. Naturally, since Fant is a first-round pick, he will get a fifth-year option in his contract that the Broncos will have to choose to exercise down the road. Noah Fant ProfileTight End | Junior | IowaHeight: 6’4” | Weight: 249lbs | 40-time: 4.5 secondsArm length: 33 1/2” | Hands: 9 3/4”Bench press: 20 reps | Vertical Jump: 39.5 inches | Broad Jump: 127.0 inches3-Cone Drill: 6.81 seconds | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.22 seconds | 60-Yard Shuttle: 11.49 secondsNoah Fant played a total of three seasons at Iowa and was a productive tight end during that time. During his three-year career at Iowa, Fant totaled 78 receptions for 1,083 yards, and 19 touchdowns. This past year, he totaled 39 receptions for 519 yards, and 7 touchdowns. Here are Noah Fant’s 2018 accolades via Hawkeyesports.com.First-team All-Big Ten by league coaches and second team by league mediaSecond-team All-Big Ten by Phil SteeleThird-team All-America by The Associated PressSecond-team All-Big Ten by Associated PressOne of eight semifinalists for the John Mackey AwardNamed John Mackey Award Co-Player of the Week (with Iowa teammate T.J. Hockenson) for his play at IndianaJohn Mackey Award Preseason Watch ListPreseason first-team All-America by NFLDraftScouts.com, Athlon Sports and Sporting NewsPreseason first-team All-Big Ten by Athlon SportsIt is easy to see above why Fant went in the first round of April’s 2019 NFL Draft. He combines elite athleticism with game-changing ability in the receiving game. He should turn into an exciting player for the Broncos in the not so distant future.Here is what Head Coach Vic Fangio had to say about Fant when he was asked about how excited he was about Fant when watching his film and how he fits into the offensive scheme.As we know, the Broncos tight end room prior to the selection of Fant didn’t excite many. Jeff Heuerman has flashed some, but has dealt with the injury bug multiple times throughout his career. Jake Butt is/was talented Cheap Dre’Mont Jones Jersey , but now is coming off his third ACL injury so it is tough to trust him moving forward. Finally, you have 2018 draftee Troy Fumagalli who missed his entire rookie year due to injury so his impact remains a bit of an unknown as well. So while the Broncos say they were “comfortable” with their tight end group prior to the selection of Fant, they likely feel much better about it now with him in the fold.Let us hope that Fant can live up to his lofty expectations and become an instant impact weapon for the Broncos this upcoming season. The goodTo put simply, Noah Fant is a freak. He’s a 6’4”, nearly 250 pound man who can run a 4.5 40-time. That is faster than some running back’s and wide receivers who have 50 or so less pounds on their body. So I can’t stress enough of how freaky of an athlete that Noah Fant is. He also fits in perfectly in newly hired Offensive Coordinator Rich Scangarello’s offensive scheme. Obviously, he learned under Kyle Shanahan who learned from his father and former Broncos great Gary Kubiak. One of the many things all three off these men have in common is their use of the tight end in the passing game. In some cases, the tight end is basically your top wide receiver and at the very least, someone who will be utilized in the passing game very often. Scangarello saw tight end George Kittle who is a former teammate of Noah Fant at Iowa up close and personal this past season and was asked about how the two compare to each other. Finally we have Joe Flacco’s track record with tight end’s throughout his NFL career with the Ravens. This is a trend that has continued for years and throughout multiple offensive schemes.This obviously bodes well for rookie tight end Noah Fant who should see a fair share of targets coming his way from Flacco this upcoming season. Fant was asked about Flacco’s history with tight end’s and it is something he told reporters is excited about.If all goes well, this should be a productive rookie year for Noah Fant and hopefully one that propels him into becoming a star player for the Broncos moving forward.The badWell, tight end’s historically do not produce much their rookie years so this will be one of the many hurdles that Fant will have to past during his rookie year. He figures to be your likely starter and key member to the offense, so this could be a moot point. Fant’s blocking is something that is commonly listed as a weakness for him. Now while he holds his own in most cases, he isn’t known for his blocking ability and may even struggle with at times during his rookie year. However, this is not why you drafted a tight end like Noah Fant. You drafted him to be a mismatch in the passing game. Anything he gives you in the blocking department should be considered a plus. It is something he has to work on and his technique will definitely get worked on as well, but this isn’t a big area of concern for me. Finally, we have a quote from Head Coach Vic Fangio that hits the nail on the head.Noah Fant obviously has all the tools but as Fangio cryptically told reporters, he has to put it all together to reach his potential in the NFL. You see plenty of athletically gifted tight ends struggle to ever reach their potential in the NFL. Some names that come to mind are Eric Ebron(pre-Luck) and Jared Cook. Obviously, the Broncos hope so and probably believe he can otherwise they wouldn’t have selected him in the first round, but Fangio makes a great point here.QuotablesNoah Fant on what makes him a mismatch in the passing game.“I think I do a good job with my speed and keeping the defender off me. I think that is a big part in stretching the seam and stretching vertically, and I feel like I can do that very well. I am able to use my athleticism in that also. So, I’m not trying to be too ‘braggy’, but obviously, I was able to put on some good numbers at the combine, so yeah.”Noah Fant On his emotions when he received the phone call from Elway.“I was very emotional. For me, it was like the stars were aligning because going into the Draft the Broncos was one of my favorites. That doesn’t happen very often because you can’t control where you go in the draft. For that to happen for me, to be at an organization like this Dre’Mont Jones Denver Broncos Jersey , to be with coaches like this and in a situation like this, it’s something that is very special. I had a very emotional moment with my parents and my family there. They were all very super happy for me.”Noah Fant HighlightsNoah Fant’s roster status with the BroncosObviously, Fant is a lock to make the team but will he be your week one starter? That’s really the biggest question surrounding Fant heading into Training Camp.I would imagine that Scangarello will have packages(red zone) for Fant regardless but will Heuerman get the nod as the starter in the early portions of the season? My guess is probably since teams often lean on the veteran at the position while easing the rookie in, but Fant clearly has the talent to surpass him. Also, potential injuries to Heuerman and others could play a role in this as well, but right now, I’m leaning on them easing him into action early on. Outside of that, I am just anxious to see Fant on the field in a Broncos uniform this upcoming season. These are the three big things I’m looking for during the Denver Broncos home preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers." Denver Broncos Preseason3 things to watch during the Broncos-49ers preseason gameNew,161commentsThese are the three big things I’m looking for during the Denver Broncos home preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers. MDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:3 things to watch during the Broncos-49ers preseason gameTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailA little over a week ago, Coach Vic Fangio has said that outside of 40 or so locked in guys, the other roster spots are up for grabs. We’ve reached that point in the preseason where a little clarity has come to some position battles. I wrote about how the Broncos’ stocks are trending last week and while there’s still enough time to halt the ax, this game is huge for the future of guys on the back end of the roster.If you read my questions prior to the Broncos game with the Falcons or Seahawks, you’ll know that some questions remain.You may notice for this week’s projection how I reordered the position battles. This is where I expect players currently stand based on snaps, tape, and reports out of camp. Guys marked yellow are players who’ve intrigue me going into this game, while red guys are players I’d bet are headed towards the practice squad or the street.Where things stand as of August, 18th. These are the three things I’m really keyed in on tonight:1. Can a backup lineman (or two) earn Munchak’s trust?I’ve probably watched the first two preseason games more than any sane person would recommend. One of the biggest concerns I have coming out of game two with the Seahawks is porous second and third lines. Before you panic, this is pretty standard across the NFL. If you’ve read my work for long, you know I’m an ardent believer in Bill Parcell’s planet theory, the idea that there’s simply a short supply of big people who are also athletic enough to thrive in the NFL. It’s why guys like Chris Lindstrom go in the top half of the 2019 NFL Draft despite playing guard: he’s an incredible athlete.What’s most concerning about the Broncos’ shaky depth along the offensive line is when you add in the starting right side’s troubling injury history. Ronald Leary’s health concerns are long past well documented at this point, but Ja’Wuan James has played in 62 of a possible 80 career games and started every game just once since his rookie year in 2014.It wouldn’t surprise me if Elijah Wilkinson’s currently seen as the primary backup behind four of the five spots. Down the 2018 stretch, he started 7 games for the Broncos at right guard and has worked at both tackle spots under Munchak.Behind him, Don Barclay looks like the primary depth inside after playing in place of Ron Leary for the majority of camp. Since coming into the league as an undrafted free agent in 2012, Barclay has worn Packers, Lions Dre’Mont Jones Denver Broncos Jersey , and Saints uniforms in addition to his current orange and blue. So far this preseason he’s had a couple promising moments which have helped to keep most in the media at bay. 15 things I think I think after the Denver Broncos Hall of Fame game - Mile High ReportMake no mistake, his position as OL7 is a bit of an indictment for the younger competition for spots. It would be huge if any of them can show out in week 3.2. Can any of the linebackers push Alexander Johnson?The 27-year old second year pro has quietly been one of the best stories of camp so far. With Todd Davis, Josey Jewell, and Joe Jones all going through various ailments Johnson has locked down a roster spot and impressed with his play on defense.Watching him play, Johnson reminds me of both Davis and Jewell in that he’s more adequate than solid in space, but brings it against the run. Fangio’s scheme and the superstar duo of Bradley Chubb and Von Miller should work to hide the stack linebacker’s athletic limitations in 2019, but I’m curious if any of the younger guys can push Johnson.Justin Hollins looks most likely to. The 2019 5th-round pick has been working at both edge and stack linebacker and shows a ton of promise. Here’s hoping he can get to where Fangio uses him in sub packages. He offers an enticing blend of athleticism, length, and comfort in space to potentially thrive as a chess piece in nickel personnel.However, as exciting as he’s been, it’s important to remember he’s a rookie learning two positions, as Fangio said last Friday:3. Can the young Quarterbacks make a jump?After the first preseason game, there was a bit of pessimism in the air about Drew Lock mixed with his ardent believers arguing it was just one game. After the second preseason game, there was a lot of optimism in the air about Drew Lock with the realists arguing it was just one game.You probably see where I’m going with this. I’ve made a point to study Lock’s first two games so far this preseason and can see many of the promising things that had me rank him as my Broncos’ QB2 last April, as well as many of the reasons he scared me to death.Brian Baldinger highlighted Lock’s 10 great throws, which led to even more rampant speculation that the 2nd rounder is well on his way to Canton. It was easy to dismiss Lock’s safety, interception, and his throws into the dirt because of the struggles of the offensive line.This is on Lock as much as anyone. One big reason I’ve held off on any sort of definitive, sweeping statements about Lock thus far is the fact that it’s still so early in the process. He’s still working out how to get the verbiage out in the huddle, for goodness sake. John Elway hit the nail on the head when asked about it Saturday:So going into Monday night with the 49ers, my hope is to see Lock make another jump in his performance as he did from the Hall of Fame game to Seattle.My hope for Rypien is even more simple: I hope to see him. Many of his most ardent fans continue to believe that Hogan’s struggles make Rypien’s chances at the roster far more likely. This simply ignores the reality that Rypien played 0 snaps last Thursday.I continue to believe the Broncos are looking to stash Rypien on the practice squad this year while they carry Hogan or even just two quarterbacks, but the former Boise State Bronco could make that impossible for them if he can string together a few plays like this.
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