4 sneaky threats the Panthers should watch vs. Broncos

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Noah Fant – TE

There were plenty of expectations on the shoulders of Noah Fant heading into the 2020 season. The tight end was tipped for a breakout year after showing enormous promise last time out as a rookie and although he might not have hit the heights many expected, he is still a productive performer that should be monitored closely.

The Carolina Panthers aren’t getting much in the way of production from their own tight ends after Greg Olsen left in free agency. So they would jump at the change to have someone like Fant on their roster.

Fant has started ten games this season and has notched 44 receptions, 492 receiving yards, and two touchdowns during this period. There is an argument to be made that his numbers would look even better with a more consistent distribution from Drew Lock under center. And the Broncos were without any quarterbacks at all for one game against the New Orleans Saints thanks to COVID-19.

Although the Panthers are improving at the second level since the coaching staff finally benched free-agent signing Tahir Whitehead, they do tend to struggle in coverage.

This is something that won’t have gone unnoticed by Fant or the Broncos. So expect Denver to utilize him early and often in Week 14.