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On Sunday, the 6-foot, 4-inch tall, 291-pound Mitch Unrein proved that he can do more than merely play on the defensive line.
In the second quarter, Unrein lined up at fullback in Denver’s goal line formation and caught a one-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Peyton Manning.
Seeing Unrein in the backfield was not surprising, he has provided the Broncos with a beefy fullback option on short-yardage situations several times this season. Seeing him catch a pass undoubtedly caught Tampa Bay off guard.
“Yeah, he [caught] a couple of deep balls today,” a laughing John Fox said on Monday afternoon at Dove Valley. Although sarcastic about catching running deep routes, Fox did hint that we could see more of Unrein on offense this season.
“He has good hands, so that helps,” Said Fox. “He can be a dual-threat, a blocker, you never know he might be able to run it a little bit.”
How about a fullback pass?
“I haven’t had much success with that. (Kicker) Matt Prater is 0-for-1.”
So we probably won’t see Unrein slinging the ball around anytime soon. But we could see him carry the rock. Stay tuned…