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Mason's Mailbag: Andy Janovich paving the way

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Moving Demaryius Thomas to tight end would create so many mismatches. I think would open up the offense tremendously and get all your studs on the field at once just like Kansas City's doing.

-- Eric Plummer

You're not the only person to suggest this, but this is not realistic. Let's start with the size factor; Thomas is 229 pounds. Denver's four tight ends -- including Jake Butt, who was placed on injured reserve Saturday -- have an average weight of 256 pounds, with none lighter than 250 pounds. There are tight ends whose weight is near that of Thomas; the 240-pound Evan Engram of the New York Giants is a good example. But he is essentially a wide receiver by a different position name, capable of running routes from the X, Y and Z receiver spots.

Converting Thomas to a more traditional tight end role during a regular season is a stretch. This isn't Madden, where you can conceivably plug and play players all over the field.

Where do you think the Broncos will turn to now that Jake Butt is out for the season? Practice squad or a free agent?

-- Dan Staub

They'll fill the roster spot with Brian Parker, who was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster Saturday. But the player who is likely to see the biggest bump in playing time and targets is Matt LaCosse, who had two touchdown receptions in the preseason and could be used in a similar manner as Heuerman.

There isn't a viable solution on the free-agent market, especially since Julius Thomas and Brent Celek announced their retirements in recent weeks.

Andrew, no question -- just a comment on the great blocking that Andy Janovich is providing for the running backs. They're getting great holes and the additional great blocks by AJ are making the running game exciting again. Credit also to the running backs for hitting the holes quickly with no hesitation.

-- Kevin O'Leary

This is why any mention of Janovich on "First and Ten at Ten" is quickly followed by one of us quoting former Broncos Special Teams Coordinator Brock Olivo saying, "Love Jano." How can you not love a player who is a) a team captain, b) a core special teamer and c) seemingly always making a key block anytime he's in the game on offense?

The Broncos are averaging 6.2 yards per carry with Janovich on the field and 4.8 yards per rushing attempt without him. Both are impressive paces. But when you consider Janovich’s key role in two long gallops – Phillip Lindsay’s 53-yard run in Week 2 and Emmanuel Sanders’ 34-yard end-around last week – he has certainly earned continued work.

Are there any chances for the Broncos to sign a WR like Corey Coleman, for example?

-- Scott Thielemier 

Why? Wide receiver is a position of ample depth, and is not a need. Coleman, at this point, is not better than any of the five wide receivers on the 53-man roster. Nor is he better than Jordan Taylor, who is on the physically-unable-to-perform list and could be activated if needed after Week 6.

@CAnderson1983

I'm trying to find some info on the Broncos when we wear our all-navy alternative uniforms. It feels like we play really well when wearing them but I'm having trouble finding solid stats, win-loss records and such. You got anything? #AskMase

They are 13-10 all-time in blue-on-blue. Most of those games came in a six-season stretch from 2006-11, when they went 10-8 in the all-blues. During that run, the Broncos had four years in which they wore them at least three times. In 2007, they went all-blue for a franchise-high five of eight home games -- against the Steelers, Packers, Titans, Chiefs and Vikings. The Broncos won four of those contests.

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