Vic Fangio on Noah Fant: Having tools doesn’t mean you’re a carpenter

AP

The Broncos selected tight end Noah Fant after trading down in the first round of the draft as his mix of size and speed made him an appealing prospect for a team looking to bump up their offensive production in 2019.

Fant’s early practice work has drawn some good reviews for how those tools have translated to the field. Broncos head coach Vic Fangio offered a reminder that early buzz should be tempered by how much has to change from the college ranks to the professional one.

“Yeah, he can run. We all knew that,” Fangio said, via Nicki Jhabvala of TheAthletic.com. “That was easy, but now he has to learn how to be a tight end in the NFL. He’s got tools, but you know I can go into Home Depot and walk out with a bunch of nice tools and I’m not a carpenter. We have to teach him how to be a tight end in the NFL, and he’s working great at it.”

Tight ends can take some time to develop and only 11 rookie tight ends have gained at least 500 yards since the turn of the century. One of those was George Kittle of the 49ers, who was once Fant’s teammate on Iowa and caught 43 passes for 515 yards as a rookie in 2017.

Kittle broke out with 1,377 receiving yards last year with Broncos offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello on the 49ers staff and the Broncos probably wouldn’t mind seeing their former Hawkeye follow a similar trajectory.

7 responses to “Vic Fangio on Noah Fant: Having tools doesn’t mean you’re a carpenter

  1. Damnit, I always wondered why my Matco Tools that the salesman made me spend a fortune on over several years never made me be able to not take my cars and trucks in to actual auto technicians.

    I was never high on Fant. I am glad we have Sternberger. Also glad that Jace will have a year to play with and learn from a experienced vet like Jimmy Graham. Jace’s route running and speed reminds me of a young Jordy Nelson. I think a TE with those skills has great potential in the league.

    #GoPackGo!🧀

  2. Poor Fangio, he should have stayed with the Bears. Denver has no offense or QB. He’s not a HC fit and Horse teeth over there is going to get in the way.

  3. Translation: we gotta say stuff to keep this rookie grounded and misdirect, cuz he is gonna be a BIG part of our attack this season

  4. They’re looking for their Travis Kelce. This guy ain’t it, or even close.

  5. Just like the chiefs were looking for Shannon Sharp in Kelce.
    He ain’t it, or even close.

  6. freefromwhatyouare says:
    May 27, 2019 at 12:01 pm
    Damnit, I always wondered why my Matco Tools that the salesman made me spend a fortune on over several years never made me be able to not take my cars and trucks in to actual auto technicians.
    I was never high on Fant. I am glad we have Sternberger. Also glad that Jace will have a year to play with and learn from a experienced vet like Jimmy Graham. Jace’s route running and speed reminds me of a young Jordy Nelson. I think a TE with those skills has great potential in the league.
    #GoPackGo!🧀
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    This is about Noah Fant and Denver, not 3rd-round pick Jace Sternberger learning from washed-up vet Jimmy Graham, whose primary abilities (quickness and speed) can’t be taught, and appear to be a thing of the past. I’m sure that you weren’t too high on Fant, since you probably saw very little of his play.

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