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Andy Janovich graded as the preseason’s top rookie fullback

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Pro Football Focus also graded Sadat Sulleyman as the top-graded outside 3-4 linebacker in the preseason.

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Good morning, Broncos Country!

Life is good for Andy Janovich.

He has yet to play a regular season game for the Denver Broncos, yet the rookie fullback is already one of the most popular players on the roster.

You got the sense this would happen when John Elway drafted Janovich in the sixth round out of Nebraska. All Broncos Country had to see was that a fullback was returning to the offense. Call it nostalgia, but some of Denver’s brightest days have come with a fullback. See: Howard Griffith.

Then fans started to hear and see what Janovich is all about. A young man who will do whatever is asked of him and do it to the best of his abilities. Fans started to notice how much he hungers for success. How badly Janovich wants to get better. That he doesn’t and won’t settle.

The results over the course of training camp and preseason validate that fans are right to feel that excitement. Same goes for Elway, Gary Kubiak and the organization.

The eye test was enough, but Pro Football Focus gave even more validation to that when it announced its top-graded rookies by position on Monday. The top rookie fullback this preseason is Janovich.

Sadat Sulleyman is the other Broncos rookie to make the list. Sulleyman cracked the list as a 3-4 outside linebacker.

For Denver to have success this season, it must run the football. Janovich will play a big role in that. He’s a crucial piece to help open the running lanes for C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker. To help both get to the next level.

If the Broncos can consistently and effectively run the football, the likelihood for success increases. That also means the Denver defense stays on the sidelines.

As popular as Janovich is right now, if he helps revitalize the Broncos running game and it leads to wins, watch out.

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