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Broncos roster 2016: Rookie fullback Andy Janovich

Breaking down the Denver Broncos 2016 90-man roster, one player, one post, one day at a time. Today we keep the football rolling looking at rookie fullback, Andy Janovich

Broncos fullback Andy Janovich
Broncos fullback Andy Janovich
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It's that time of the year again. Mile High Report begins our annual 90 players in 90 days roster breakdown. Last year went fairly well, but starting today and through August 27th, we'll break down every player on the Denver Broncos roster.

Name: Andy Janovich
Position: Fullback
Height: 6'1"   Weight: 238
Age: 23   Experience: R
College: Nebraska

The Denver Broncos drafted former Nebraska fullback Andy Janovich in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

With Peyton Manning retired, the Denver Broncos offense will look like Gary Kubiak's offense and not a hybrid between his and Manning's offense like we saw last season. This means the Broncos will be using a fullback more this season, and that figures to be fullback Andy Janovich.

During Janovich's four-year career at Nebraska, he rushed for 271 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 5 receptions for 87 yards. He also added 13 total tackles on special teams. This past season he rushed the ball 42 times for 265 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also added 2 receptions for 58 yards, and 13 total tackles on special teams.

Now Janovich just started his first career NFL Training Camp and is fighting for a roster spot and even a starting job at the fullback position.

Denver Broncos Head Coach Gary Kubiak said after the NFL Draft that they were "fortunate" to be able to draft the physical and versatile Janovich.

"We have some two-back in what we do offensively. Obviously with TE/FB James Casey last year, he had some injuries and some things didn’t work out. I feel very fortunate to get this young man. He did a great job in Nebraska. He catches the ball well. He’s very physical and our special teams got so much better today. I could talk about the whole draft from that standpoint, but this year we’re bringing a lot to our special teams. It’s a direction we’d like to head a little more in and he’ll help us do that."

As Kubiak said, he will contribute on offense and on Special Teams. He can run the ball, catch the ball, block for the running back, and make big hits on opposing team's returners.

(Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

Janovich has quickly become a fan favorite and i think the legend will only continue to grow after he takes the field for the Broncos during the Preseason.

The good:

He is a versatile fullback who can do it. He can run, catch, block, tackle, and play Special Teams. This is what made Janovich's draft stock rise despite the position being a dying breed.

"I think that’s a really, really big part of it. It showed that I’m a little more versatile, that I’m not just going out there and blocking people, but I can run the ball too and I can do multiple things. I think that’s a really big part of it."

He's also a weight room warrior and will always be in shape and one of the most physical players on the field.

One final positive is the fact that he was even drafted. Only a handful of fullbacks are drafted these days and if a team spent a draft pick on you, you're likely to make the team and be a contributor.


The bad:

I don't have a ton of bad on him.

He's obviously strong but lacks the girth you see other lead blocking fullbacks have. So I'm interested to see how he does against bigger, stronger and faster NFL players.

The Broncos are having Juwan Thompson take some reps at fullback, so he could take some snaps away from Janovich if he makes the roster.

Quotable:

Andy Janovich on what he brings to the Special Teams unit

"I’m going to go out there and give it my all. I would like to be a core special-teams player and get out there and be on all of them. You have to take the field every day with the mentality that you’re going to beat the guy in front of you."

Roster Status:

Janovich is basically a lock to make the team in 2016.

How often he plays on offense will be the question. I think we will see him get some short yardage/goal line carries and be a receiving option for the quarterback on bootleg plays.

His biggest role will be on Special Teams.