Name: Andy Janovich
Experience: 3 years
Janovich had 235 offensive snaps in 2016 (21.9%) in 11 games, but only 164 offensive snaps (14.6%) in 2017 despite appearing in all 16 games. He did increase his special teams snaps from 39.7% in 2016 to 67.8% in 2017. He was a special teams monster in college.
Andy Janovich was the fullback that was supposed to make the running game work and when we had offensive coaches who chose to use him, he did make the running game better. Janovich is also a very good target out of the backfield catching 9 of 13 balls thrown in his direction during his two years in the league (even making on catch with one hand while the other was in a cast). Jano has been decently effective on short yardage and goal-line carries with 5 of his 10 career caries going for a first down or a touchdown.
I don’t know how much room there is for a fullback on the roster anymore. I also don’t know how much Bill Musgrave has historically used a fullback (or a larger RB who could block), but I’ll discuss that more later in the status section. Janovich’s two biggest supporters (Gary Kubiak and Brock Olivo either have diminished roles or are no longer with the team).
Janovich was asked a couple of questions after OTAs and his answers are informative:
“We got [Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Loren] Landow in there. He ’s going to be awesome. I feel like I ’m getting really strong again. He ’s got us kind of like old Nebraska work out sessions. We ’re lifting heavy weights again and he ’s got us doing a lot of running and all of this different type of stuff for speed. It ’s just like being in Nebraska . I’m excited. ” On if switching coaches and coordinators has an effect on him as a fullback “Yeah, you never know with my position. There are only 20 -21 of us or something like that. So, you just never know what ’s going to happen. It ’s a tough position to play. Not everybody uses them, but the teams that do use them tend to use them [a lot] . I feel like I’m getting used this year. You just never know. I hope so. ”
So after doing some research I have found the Musgrave likes to use fullbacks in his offensive game plan. Here are the fullbacks that the he has had when he has been the OC and how much they have been used. Note that the Minnesota Vikings had 245 pound Toby Gerhardt as their backup running back during the three years that Musgrave was the OC, hence the zero carries by fullbacks.
|2000||CAR||Chris Hetherington and William Floyd||39||37|
|2004||JAX||Edwards, Greg Jones and Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala||82||14|
|2012||MIN||Rhett Elison and Jerome Felton||0||10|
|2013||MIN||Jerome Felton, Rhett Ellison and Zach Line||0||12|
|2015||OAK||Jamize Olawale and Marcel Reece||34||39|
|2016||OAK||Jamize Olawale and Marcel Reece||17||12|
Given that Musgrave has generally used at least one fullback in his offense I would be really surprised to see Janovich getting cut.
Does Andy Janovich make the roster this year?
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