Sean Payton has stated recently that incumbent starter Lloyd Cushenberry was his starting center. The depth must have not been to his liking as they signed career backup center Kyle Fuller.Embed from Getty Images
Denver Broncos fans are familiar with the name Kyle Fuller with a position designation starting with a C. Only the last time he was a 5’11 190 lbs former All-Pro cornerback. This time he is a 6’5″ 320 lbs backup center.
This Kyle Fuller was drafted in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL draft by the Houston Texans. He spent his rookie season on the practice squad and has been a backup center for most of his career. In 2021, he started the final nine games for the Seattle Seahawks after the starter was injured. This gives him a familiarity with current Broncos and former Seahawks QB Russell Wilson. He was however, unable to hold on to that job with zero starts in 2022 despite appearing in all 17 regular season games for the Seahawks.Embed from Getty Images
Fuller’s signing is a depth move for the Broncos, but he does bring some versatility to the offensive line. His ability to play both guard and center could prove valuable for a team that has had its fair share of injuries on the offensive line in recent years to put it kindly.
While Fuller may not be a flashy signing, he adds depth and competition to the interior offensive line. Training camp and the preseason will give him the opportunity to prove himself and potentially earn a spot on the 53-man roster.
Like the other depths signing such as Tony Jones Jr. Fuller has a relatively low RAS score of 5.18 out of a possible 10. This is inline with the day one signings of OT Mike McGlinchey and OG Ben Powers who each had a RAS around 5. Turns out you don’t need to be the most athletic freak on the field to push people around when you are really big and strong.
You can see Kyle Fullers full RAS score card below courtesy of @Mathbomb:
Broncos fans should be interested to see how Fuller performs in his new role and if he can leave a bigger impact than the last Kyle Fuller, this time as a center.
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