Andrew Beck has carved out an important role in the Broncos’ offense

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When Denver Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett said in March that Andrew Beck had a “great chance” to win the team’s fullback role, some fans and pundits brushed it off as coach speak. As preseason drew to a close last month, Beck wasn’t even a consensus pick in 53-man roster predictions.

Beck did make the team, though, and he served a key role on offense in the team’s season opener against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1. The tight end/fullback hybrid caught two passes for 52 yards and delivered key blocks on multiple run plays.

Beck also had a would-be touchdown catch negated by a penalty.

“He’s a guy that when we evaluated him when he came in here, we thought that he was definitely going to be able to contribute to this football team with that personnel package,” Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett said Wednesday.

“I think that as he continually grows — now watching and being able to catch the ball and do things with it in his hands and split him out and bring him in — it gives you a lot of options when he’s out on the field.”

Beck might not have a huge role on offense every week, but he demonstrated in the team’s season opener that he’s more than capable of stepping up when called upon.

Playing a Swiss Army Knife position, Beck could end up being an unsung hero on offense for the Broncos this season.

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