If you don’t love Andy Janovich, you don’t love football. He’s gritty, grimy, and can block Charlie Brown so hard that he’d actually have a blockhead. The problem with Janovich is that head coach Kevin Stefanski loves his players to be versatile. Now, that’s not to say that if given the opportunity that Janovich couldn’t go Mike Alstott on someone, after all, he’s bigger than most linebackers. What he can’t do is something Johnny Stanton can do, which is play quarterback in a pinch.
Now, Stanton is lucky to be on an NFL team at all, so the idea of him playing quarterback for the Browns and showing any real aptitude isn’t likely to happen. Yet, if Baker Mayfield and Case Keenum both get hurt, who are you going to call on to replace them?
Now, Stanton isn’t the better player than Janovich as far as fullbacks are concerned. Yet, he is far more versatile and could be anything the team needs whenever they need it. That’s something Janovich isn’t known to be able to do. Maybe he could, who knows? We’re simply basing all this on prior history.
We can’t assume something we’ve never seen before. Ideally the move would be to trade David Njoku, keep Stephen Carlson, and promote Stanton to an H-Back role as both the fourth tight end and fifth running back (second fullback).