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Denver brass not concerned about Noah Fant’s slow start

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Noah Fant hasn’t exactly lived up to the expectations placed on him by Denver Broncos fans through the first three games of his career. As offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello sees it, though, the Broncos’ first-round pick is right on schedule in his development despite a lack major of box score production.

Scangarello, in fact, compared Fant’s relative rookie labors to those experienced by All-Pro tight end George Kittle when he was with the San Francisco 49ers.

“Honestly, he’s probably performed exactly about the way I would have expected,” he said of Fant, per Jon Heath of Broncos Wire. “Flashes of greatness, flashes of good and flashes of bad. I’ve said this a few times: I don’t want to make it sound like they’re same player but it reminds me of Kittle. George’s first year in the league, I think he led the NFL in drops. He was a liability in the run game at times. He would break the huddle and be unsure.”

Fant has nine catches for 99 yards on 11 targets as the disappointing Broncos have gotten out to a winless start. While those numbers are hardly indicative of future stardom, Scangarello has seen flashes of the elite physical traits that make Fant one of Denver’s most intriguing young players.

“He’s dynamic, he’s got speed, you saw it on the couple of catches [he has had],” Scangarello said. “He caught one little seam, it was a great play. He’s a physical run blocker, so yeah that’s why he’s here. He’s got those traits and the more he plays, the better he will get, but it is a balancing act.”

Fant and the Broncos take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 4.