Andy Janovich

Broncos FB Andy Janovich Out 6-8 Weeks

Bad news for the Broncos, as it turns out they suffered a second significant injury in their preseason game last night. Starting fullback Andy Janovich has a pec injury that will sideline him six-to-eight weeks, sources told Mike Klis of Denver 9 News

We had heard earlier this morning that rookie tight end Austin Fort tore his ACL and would miss the entire year. Even though Janovich will miss some regular season time, the Broncos are breathing a sigh of relief. According to Klis, the team initially thought Janovich was going to be done for the season, and the team says news of the pec strain is “better than we expected.”

The only other fullback on the roster is George Aston, an undrafted rookie from Pittsburgh, and Klis seems to think the team will do something to address the position before Janovich gets back. Janovich has become a fan favorite in Denver the past few seasons, and he’s been playing a big role. Last season he played just over 22 percent of the offensive snaps, and over 61 percent of the special teams snaps.

As for Fort, Klis writes that he “had been among the Broncos’ most pleasant offseason surprises,” so it’s an especially tough blow. The Broncos played in the Hall of Fame Game last week and also suffered two serious injuries, as defensive lineman Billy Winn was lost with a season ending triceps injury and special teams standout linebacker Joe Jones will miss six-to-eight weeks with a triceps injury of his own.

 

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Broncos FB Andy Janovich Placed On IR

Broncos fullback Andy Janovich had ankle surgery and will be placed on IR, as Cameron Wolfe of The Denver Post tweets.

Janovich was taken in the sixth round of this year’s draft. Not only did Janovich make the 53-man roster this year, but he has appeared in all eleven games for Denver this season.

Used primarily for blocking purposes, the youngster has excelled. He is ranked as Pro Football Focus’ No. 4 fullback in the entire NFL with roughly even marks for his run blocking and pass blocking. He was on the field for 235 total snaps, the second-highest number of any fullback to date. Only Kyle Juszczyk of the Ravens (331 snaps) has seen more burn. The fullback position has been marginalized by many teams around the league, but the Broncos have leaned heavily on Janovich’s blocking.

As the 176th overall pick, Janovich is playing on a four-year deal worth $2.504MM, with a signing bonus of about $164K.

Draft Pick Signings: Jets, Bucs, Bills, Broncos

The latest round of draft pick signings from around the NFL features a pair of second-round selections, including a New York quarterback who could get a chance to see the field in 2016, depending on how the rest of the offseason and training camp plays out. Let’s round up the latest signings…

  • Second-round quarterback Christian Hackenberg and seventh-round receiver Charone Peake have signed their rookie contracts with the Jets, per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News (via Twitter). Gang Green has now secured five of its seven draftees, including Hackenberg, who may get an opportunity to vie with Geno Smith and Bryce Petty for the starting QB job if the team doesn’t bring back Ryan Fitzpatrick.
  • The Buccaneers announced that they’ve signed second-round defensive end Noah Spence, as Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times tweets. The only Tampa Bay pick that has yet to sign his rookie deal is perhaps the most controversial pick of the draft — second-round kicker Roberto Aguayo.
  • Bills sixth-round wide receiver Kolby Listenbee tweeted out a picture of him signing his contract. Listenbee posted the second-fastest 40-yard dash time of any wide receiver at this year’s scouting combine when he clocked in at 4.39 seconds.
  • The Broncos have signed sixth-round fullback Andy Janovich and sixth-round safety William Parks, Troy Renck of The Denver Post tweets. As the 176th overall pick, Janovich will be in line for a four-year deal worth $2.504MM, with a signing bonus of about $164K. Parks, selected nearly an entire round later at No. 219, will get a bonus of about $100K.

Luke Adams contributed to this post.