Seahawks tight end Noah Fant
There were two hopes for Noah Fant entering the 2022 season. One is he could catch well and two is that once he did catch the ball he could potentially make an explosive play out of it. Well, he has caught 5 of his 6 targets this year. I guess that is good. But he also turned those catches into just 27 yards.
Fant leads the Seahawks in targets per tight ends but is third among tight ends in receiving yards. His teammates Wil Dissly and Colby Parkinson also have touchdown receptions in 2022. Fant has zero. Sure, Fant hasn’t really been thrown to in open space but a player like Fant is supposed to be special enough where he can create yards that aren’t there. He can’t block well so he must be transformative when he receives the ball.
Before Fant came to Seattle as part of the trade that saw Russell Wilson go to the Broncos, he seemed limited by the Broncos offense. He caught 170 passes in three seasons for 1,932 yards and 10 touchdowns. Not horrible but not fantastic either. But in 2020 and 2021 combined, Fant has caught 130 passes for 1,343 yards which is an average of only 10.3.
But was the Broncos offense the issue with Fant’s lack of high-end production? In two games with the Seahawks, Fant is averaging just 5.4 yards a reception. His long is 13 yards. Again, Seattle’s offense has played it close to the vest but a player of Fant’s skill set seems to make the team better and not simply try to fit into the scheme. Fant needs to show beginning in Week 3 that he can help the offense for several more seasons.