Denver Broncos fullback Andy Janovich

Cleveland Browns trade for Denver Broncos’ fullback Andy Janovich

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By Jereme Jones March 17, 2020 0 Comment
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The fullback position is back in Cleveland. And Tuesday, the Browns’ found their fullback after making a trade with the Broncos for Andy Janovich.

The Cleveland Browns made their first trade of the 2020 off-season on Tuesday, picking up fullback Andy Janovich from the Denver Broncos for a 2021 7th round pick. Janovich is a prototypical fullback known for his toughness, physicality and work ethic. His best attribute is his blocking, especially his run blocking. He has also been a core special teams player for the Broncos. In his four seasons in Denver, Janovich has run the ball 13 times for 51 yards and three touchdowns. He has shown ability as a receiver, with 22 receptions for 223 yards and one touchdown.

Janovich was originally a 6th round pick by the Broncos in 2016 out of Nebraska. In 2018, he was named a special teams captain in Denver by his teammates. Last season, he signed a 3-year contract extension for $5.7 million. At the time, it made him the third highest-paid fullback in the NFL, behind only Kyle Juszyk and Patrick DeMarco. Janovich did have some injury issues last season. In the preseason, he had a pectoral injury that cost him three games. His season then ended in week 11 after he dislocated his elbow in a game against Minnesota.

Janovich became expendable in Denver not due to his talent, but because of a change in offensive schemes. The Broncos hired former Browns head coach Pat Shurmur to be the offensive coordinator this off-season. Shurmur’s system does not place much importance on the fullback position. With Janovich’s salary of $1,180,750 this season, the Broncos had no choice but to move him.

Janovich becomes a perfect fit in Cleveland with new head coach Kevin Stefanski. Earlier this off-season, Stefanski talked about his “healthy respect for the fullback position” and the importance of physicality on a football team. Janovich brings physicality to Cleveland and has the exact skill set to thrive as a fullback in Stefanski’s offense. He will have some competition in training camp. His former Nebraska teammate Johnny Stanton signed a futures contract with Cleveland this off-season. Stanton was a quarterback at Nebraska and, later, UNLV. He made the switch to fullback after signing with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2018.

Despite the familiarity Stanton has with Stefanski, Janovich has the experience and talent advantage. Expect Janovich to be the starting fullback in Cleveland in 2020. And, with his work ethic and style of play, expect him to quickly become a fan favorite with Browns’ fans as well.

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