Before a nasty injury last year, Denver Broncos fullback Andy Janovich was in the middle of another excellent season in which he competed to be recognized as the best fullback in the AFC. In need of a fullback to complete his offense, Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski traded a seventh-round pick in 2021 to Denver in exchange for the former Nebraska star. Browns fans will love Janovich for what he brings to a fullback-heavy offense on the football field.
3. He's One of the Best Blocking Fullbacks in the League
Janovich was a big reason why the two-headed monster of Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman in the Denver backfield was so successful. He has the strength to deal with oncoming rushers, and the speed to get to the second level and make blocks. After Nick Chubb narrowly missed a rushing title last season, he should be the favorite to take it home this year with Janovich leading the way.
2. He Can Run and Receive
Janovich was used as both a runner and pass catcher during his four years as a Bronco, as he has three rushing touchdowns to his name as well as 233 receiving yards with an added receiving touchdown. With Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry on the field, he isn't going to get a TON of opportunities, but Cleveland should feel more than comfortable leaning on him should the need arise.
1. His Style of Play is Perfect for Kevin Stefanski
Gary Kubiak, Stefanski's mentor, gave Janovich his start in the NFL in 2016. Both Kubiak and Stefanski's offenses use a fullback as an active participant in the running and passing game, as evidenced by the success of CJ Ham in Minnesota. Stefanski is also fond of lining the fullback up in different spots, including using him as an H-back, to confuse the defense. Janovich has the versatility to move around the backfield, which could allow Stefnaski to get creative drawing up plays.