Andy Janovich provides Broncos rare fullback versatility (Kyle Fredrickson, Denver Post)
Janovich, a 6-foot-1, 238-pound, special teams captain in his third season out of Nebraska, enjoys few things more than laying out an opponent with a clean block: "I really take pride in it." But that's not all.
The Broncos are one of 18 NFL teams, just over half of the league, to utilize a fullback entering Week 8 at Kansas City. Janovich ranks inside the top-five for offensive usage by accounting for 21 percent of Denver's total offensive snaps (101-470). What makes Janovich more unique, though, is how offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave has employed him through multiple formations — traditionally in the backfield, pulling as a lead blocker for receiver Emmanuel Sanders' end-around runs, interchangeably with tight ends and even motioning out wide at receiver to set the edge for bubble screens.
"Where a lot of teams will use a third tight end, we'll use a fullback," tight end Brian Parker said. "It's pretty cool to have such a versatile guy."
David Ramsey: Here's how Broncos can upset Patrick Mahomes and mighty Chiefs (David Ramsey, Colorado Springs Gazette)
I've watched Keenum for a decade, dating back to his three college battles against Air Force. He's tough. He's an overachiever. He's easy to root for.
Ten months ago, I talked to Air Force defenders who played against Keenum. To a man, they are fans.
There are strong reasons to believe — or maybe hope — Keenum will find his balance and return to the 2017 quarterback who looked worthy of a two-season, $36 million contract, with $25 million guaranteed. Sunday is the ideal time for Keenum to silence his skeptics.
How Garrett Grayson became Broncos' newest practice squad quarterback (Kyle Fredrickson, Denver Post)
The Saints selected Grayson in the third round of the 2015 NFL draft and he spent two seasons on New Orleans' active roster but did not appear in a regular-season game and Grayson was eventually cut. He landed on the Falcons' practice squad mid-season last year and competed in training camp this fall before being waived again. Grayson lived in Nashville with a former CSU teammate, wide receiver Thomas Coffman, and did his best to stay in football shape.
"We threw as much as we could," Grayson said, "studied film as much as we could and tried to relive the glory days, I guess, if you want to say that."
"He's a guy that we've been tracking here for a couple years," coach Vance Joseph said. "He fits the skillset that our quarterbacks have. He can move, he has a good arm and he's a very smart guy."
Broncos' Von Miller slips up, then steps up with plan (Troy Renck, KMGH)
The more salient question: Can Von continue the party against the nitromethane-fueled Chiefs? Miller promised a win last Thursday against Arizona, saying defiantly, "We are going to beat their ass." He told me later, it applied pressure and produced a desired impact. His teammates had his back and put Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen on his back. Miller netted 1.5 sacks, leaving him with 7.5 for the season, third best in the NFL.
Von remains confident. But he is not reckless. There were no guarantees Thursday.
"We have to remember it's a fight," Miller said. "We have to have that fight mentality. If we can do that I have all the faith in the world in the Broncos. I definitely think the sky's the limit for Patrick Mahomes, but we have to find a way to make the sky fall this week.