5. Cleveland Browns FB Johnny Stanton
The Browns may have a full-back competition as Johnny Stanton was one of the starts of the preseason victory.
Now, Stanton is far from the first Browns preseason star the fan base was ready to enshrine in Canton, but a recent article from Cleveland.com dug into how Kevin Stefanski backed off from using fullbacks.
He utilized them a lot while the offensive coordinator in Minnesota, but their usage significantly dropped off when he was calling plays for the Browns in 2020.
Stanton will earn $660,000 this season, according to Sportrac. Janovich carries a cap hit of $1.43 million this season. His contract carries no dead money and the Browns would be able to roll that sum over into next year’s cap.
No, it’s not a fortune, but every cent count when it comes to all the contracts coming due for Andrew Berry and Paul DePodesta to sort out. One would think the analytics would favor saving money on a position not utilized.
For example, Janovich played 14 games last season and was on the field for 16 percent of the snaps. He played in at lest 30 percent of the team’s snaps twice. Stanton did get on the field last season, logging 18 percent of the snaps in Week 11, after Janovich was sideline by COVID.