(Updates.) By PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writer A tad bit taller and Chris Gronkowski might have been a tight end like his brothers.
Instead, he's the rare fullback lining up in a Peyton Manning backfield.
Typically, Manning doesn't operate out of a two-back system. But the Denver Broncos are adding all sorts of wrinkles to the offensive scheme this season, even pairing tailback Willis McGahee with Gronkowski on occasion.
It could be a gainful duo, especially in short-yardage situations.
And then there's always this: Gronkowski can catch the ball, too. He does come from a family of pass catchers led by his younger brother, Rob, who set an NFL single-season record for tight ends last year with 17 TD receptions for New England. His older brother, Dan, also is a tight end, for Cleveland.
''I didn't get the height they got,'' said the 6-foot-2 Chris Gronkowski, who's four inches shorter than Rob. ''I had no other choice.''
That's perfectly fine by the Broncos (No. 10 in the AP Pro32), w...