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Kingmagyar
05-12-2012, 08:30 AM
Jonathan Dwyer was interviewed recently on the Terrible Podcast and when pressed about Fullbacks he stated we have two guys working with the Running Backs right now who are strong and capable fullbacks who can block and catch. When asked to identify them he stated David Johnson and Will Johnson.

Now I don't believe they are traditional FBs and are really still H-backs but this gives us a little jump on knowing that 7th round pick David Paulson is being considered more of a TE and the battle for H-back (fullback) is between the two Johnsons.

Paulson at almost 6'4" seems a more modern day TE and would lack the ideal strength at least early to be an effective H-back and is more a pass catching TE at this point. (a very good one) So looks like camp depth will be:

H-back
David Johnson
Will Johnson (my personal choice)

TE
Heath Miller
Leonard Pope
Weslye Saunders
David Paulson
Wes Lyons
Jamie McCoy (6'3" size could have him competing as a TE only)

This could be the year the Steelers have 3 TEs and 1 HB/FB on the roster. Saunders size and skill set I believe will have the Steelers adding him to the roster when his suspension is over, leaving someone to be cut. Will it be a TE? And who? Pope would have a guaranteed salary if he makes opening day and Paulson could be signed by someone else if released. This situation is sure to get a little hairy before it's all over.

Whodis
05-12-2012, 08:36 AM
David Johnson is as good at FB as Hampton could be at corner! He's lazy and isn't to eager for contact (see San Fran game).

Kingmagyar
05-12-2012, 08:39 AM
David Johnson is as good at FB as Hampton could be at corner! He's lazy and isn't to eager for contact (see San Fran game).

That's why I believe it will be Will Johnson who makes this team as the H-back/fullback. But there is no doubt from Dwyer's statement both are working in the running back meetings.

El-Gonzo Jackson
05-12-2012, 11:58 AM
I thought that Leonard Pope might fit in at H back at some point, but maybe not.

FrancoLambert
05-12-2012, 02:45 PM
David Johnson is as good at FB as Hampton could be at corner! He's lazy and isn't to eager for contact (see San Fran game).
:applaudit:

Mention this piece of sh**t (David "Biggest Waste of a Roster Space" Johnson) and I'm a hungry shark in the water. It's time for him to go......finally. There has to be someone (or two, or three) better than him. Mention his name and "dropped passes in big spots" and "whiffing completely on blocks" quickly comes to mind. That's the sum of his living and breathing game tape resume.

tburhans
05-12-2012, 02:54 PM
David Johnson may have cost us the Super Bowl against Green Bay. He completely missed his block on Clay Matthews who then ended up making Rashard fumble costing us atleast a field goal. A complete game changing play. That along with the other thousand of blocks he missed and catches he didnt make. So yeah he should of been gone before he got started. As for the tight ends I think the opening day tight ends will be Heath,Pope and Paulson. Once Saunders suspension is over he'll be brought back to the active roster and Paulson to the practice squad unless he tears it up but i doubt he sees the field much if at all

Steelersfan87
05-12-2012, 05:06 PM
I wouldn't put too much stock on what a 3rd string running back says in a podcast in May about a new offensive scheme.

wyn50
05-12-2012, 07:28 PM
If Johnson is that bad, how come steelers keep him on the roster? Must have better players out there for that position.

Fire Arians
05-12-2012, 09:51 PM
If Johnson is that bad, how come steelers keep him on the roster? Must have better players out there for that position.

cause right now we don't have anyone better. with that said I'm all for keeping the single back formation i it means DJ isn't on the field. with our o-line upgraded we might not even need the fullback to punch holes for the running game, unless it's legursky on the goal line

Kingmagyar
05-13-2012, 01:09 AM
If Johnson is that bad, how come steelers keep him on the roster? Must have better players out there for that position.

For the Steelers it's not he's that bad, it was he's that cheap. Until this year that is, when they had to tender him 1.2 million as a restricted free agent. Now he's in the same boat as many who have lost their jobs to a guy their equal and cheaper. But still all hope lies in Will Johnson or maybe Jamie McCoy who I don't even think is being considered an H-back this year. So Will Johnson don't get hurt!

Kingmagyar
05-13-2012, 01:18 AM
I wouldn't put too much stock on what a 3rd string running back says in a podcast in May about a new offensive scheme.

Not putting too much stock in a podcast but using as Sherlock Holmes use to say "Elementary." I can make the same conclusion.

Obviously David Johnson, and Will Johnson are the leading candidates for that role on the team and neither is going to be a Heath Miller type of TE. You have the guys who are 6'1" to 6'2" as full back/ H-backs and the guys taller as on the line TEs. McCoy is somewhere in the middle and Paulson is 6'4" and at this stage is a pure pass catcher. I didn't need a podcast to figure out who would be playing where, but it's nice to have a little confirmation of that fact. What other scenario would there be to differ Dwyer's statement? The Johnsons are in RB meetings because....

And let's clear this Fullback - H-back thing up. The H-back is the modern day Fullback. Moose Johnson might be called an H-back today if he played. The hatred of an H-back around here has more to do with who's been playing it (David Johnson) then the actual benefits of the position. We just need a really good one.

Steelersfan87
05-13-2012, 01:25 AM
Who knows? The team hasn't even had OTAs yet. They could convert a DE to an H-back for all we know right now.