Broncos will bring back the fullback for 2015

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New Broncos coach Gary Kubiak insists he won’t force his offense onto quarterback Peyton Manning.  Regardless of whether the team continues to do the things Peyton likes to do, the Broncos under Kubiak will be dusting off a position that had gone the way in Denver of the Dodo Bird.

As explained by Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post, the Broncos are bringing back the fullback, with the goal being the incorporation of a bruising running back into a power running game, with the fullback also getting some opportunities to carry the ball.

“My thing is that to be really effective in the running game, you have to run the fullback.  We will have people in the fullback position,” Broncos G.M. John Elway said, via Renck.  “I think to be really effective, you have to have another package.”

As the Broncos skewed more toward the run in 2014, however, Manning became less effective as a quarterback.  Using a fullback means more running.  Still, Kubiak says he’s committed to keeping Peyton comfortable.

“I’m the one who has to adjust and find out how I’m going to mesh everything together,” Kubiak said.  “That’s what we’ve been doing, and I told Peyton that from the start.  We are going to run his offense and do what he does best, but it’s going to be the Broncos’ offense.”

Juwan Thompson and Joe Don Duncan seem to be the most likely to fill a role on the roster that the Broncos haven’t had since Chris Gronkowski in 2012.  Per Renck, the Broncos haven’t had a fullback who actually ran the ball on a regular basis since Spencer Larsen, seven years ago.