Houston Texans are picking up a solid fullback in Andy Janovich

Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
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The Houston Texans are taking steps to improve their rushing attack.

When the season finished last year, the Houston Texans ranked 32nd in the league in rushing yards. It was a very frustrating and painful phase of the offense to watch, as it made the Houston Texans one-dimensional. It was something that Tim Kelly either refused to go to or simply could not use in his game plans.

With Kelly now long gone, and Pep Hamilton taking over the reins, hopefully, there is some improvement in the rushing production from the Texans. And that’s where Andy Janovich comes in to help the team. Janovich was originally drafted in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.

The Houston Texans agreed to a one-year deal with Janovich on Wednesday.

Houston Texans sign Andy Janovich to help rushing attack

In his time of being in the league, He has blocked for running backs such as Melvin Gordon, Kareem Hunt, and Nick Chubb. Janovich has been important to their success as individuals.

Fullbacks are hardly used offense anymore, so it’s hard for them actually to contribute anything on the offensive side of the ball. Instead, fullbacks are used for blocking more than anything else, and Janovich has limited numbers as a result.

I asked DawgPoundDaily’s site expert, Randy Gurzi, about his thoughts on Janovich in his time with the Browns:

"(Janovich) He really didn’t do a lot in Cleveland. I had really high hopes for him but at times, it was easy to forget he was there. [It] probably goes with the territory at the position though."

As for who was more responsible for Hunt and Chubb’s success:

"I could be oversimplifying it for sure but I felt like Joel Bitonio and Wyatt Teller were the real road graders. Janovich will do his job though, he’s not a bad player by any means."

For Houston, a true fullback will open up lanes for the rushing attack. Janovich can also help out on kick-out blocks and can take on rushers in pass protection. Let’s hope that Janovich can make a difference and make life easier for whoever is toting the rock behind him.

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