The Broncos have been exceedingly happy with how Noah Fant has fared as a blocker in the season's first half, and OC Rich Scangarello and quarterback Joe Flacco kept promising that the impact would come in the passing game. That day arrived Sunday, as the Broncos continued to search for a player or two to replace the production lost when receiver Emmanuel Sanders was traded to the San Francisco 49ers two weeks ago.
"Noah's a guy, you know, who's been up and down, but he's a young guy with talent," Broncos coach Vic Fangio said. "It's our job as coaches to develop talent ... nice to see him have a good day."
Fant has a franchise-record 23 receptions on the season and that should only go up from here after last week. On his 75-yard TD, he showed good precision on the route and ran through three tackles while showing the 4.5 40-yard speed that made him a first-round pick.
DEN QB Joe Flacco - Week 8 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 8 at Indianapolis Colts
In the embarrassing home loss to the Chiefs last Thursday, Joe Flacco was sacked a career-high eight times. The Kansas City defense stuffed the line, forcing the Denver QB to beat them, and it worked. Flacco threw for just 213 yards, with no TDs – the third time this season he’s failed to toss for a score. In the past three weeks, he’s averaging only 191 yards through the air and is now without Emmanuel Sanders. The Broncos will be at Indy on Sunday against the No. 20 pass defense, so Flacco remains a low QB2 option.