Denver Broncos: Who played well in the loss to the Chiefs?
Andy Janovich, FB
The third member of the Denver Broncos’ backfield to make this list is Andy Janovich, whose exceptional performance in this game against the Chiefs was perhaps the best he has had as a professional.
Though Janovich has not played as many snaps as some of the other top fullbacks in the NFL (Kyle Juszczyk, 49ers; James Develin, Patriots; Patrick Ricard, Ravens), he has been the most effective run blocker according to Pro Football Focus’ run blocking metrics.
If standout, highlight reel caliber blocks were recorded as an official stat, Janovich might lead the league in that particular category.
Against the Chiefs, he was a wrecking ball and made plays as a run blocker, pass protector, and even as a receiver.
Janovich is also a heck of a special teams player.
As was mentioned with Royce Freeman, Janovich should have been on the field for the drive in the fourth quarter where the Broncos ultimately went three-and-out. Everyone would have slept better that night if Janovich and Freeman had the chance to be the ones to close that game out, but that wasn’t the case.
Hopefully we’ll see more of Janovich going forward, not just as a blocker but as a receiver. We know from the very first play of his career that he is capable of taking the ball to the house as a runner, too.