Everyone in Broncos country loves Andy Janovich, and for good reason. If Jon Gruden got his hands on an Xbox controller and had free reign on the Madden create-a-player mode, Janovich would more or less be the end result. He's country strong, a more-than-willing blocker, and good things happen just about any time the Denver Broncos get the ball in his hands.
But he was drafted by a different coaching regime with a very particular offensive identity that required the use of a competent fullback, a position that has slowly become endangered in the NFL over the past decade or so given the rise of the spread offense.
So with Mike McCoy back in Denver as offensive coordinator, is Janovich worried about his role on offense? Doesn't sound like it.
"It's looking good for the offense," Janovich said after practice Thursday. "We're passing a lot more, but there is still room for the fullback.”
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1681565-5-reasons-you-should-go-p... Indeed, McCoy did deploy the fullback fairly regularly last season in San Diego. In the McCoy offense, known for its quick-rhythm passes and tight-end production, fullback Derek Watt suited up for all 16 games and touched the ball six times for a total of 87 yards, including a 53-yard reception in their second match-up against the Broncos.
In five fewer games, Janovich carried the ball four times for 33 yards and a touchdown to go with 44 yards on five grabs. And, of course, no one will forget his first NFL carry that turned into a 28-yard touchdown run against the Carolina Panthers in Week 1.
In the Kubiak offense where the quarterback spends the majority of his snaps from under center, the fullback was a mainstay. But in a shotgun heavy offense, what's Janovich's role this upcoming season?
“I think it's pretty similar," Janovich said "There is not much crazy change. Like I said before, there is just a little bit more of a passing game added.”
The fullback position has certainly been phased out to some extent in the pro game, but they can sure come in handy on a short-yardage play or play-action pass. So as long as he continues to prove he can catch the ball, tote the rock, open up running lanes, and play some special teams, expect Janovich to be safe come roster cuts.