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Old 04-30-2012, 05:20 PM   #1
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Default Where is the FB?

I thought with the new system we were suppose to have a true FB. Do we have one and I just missed it?
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Old 04-30-2012, 05:26 PM   #2
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Default Re: Where is the FB?

fans just assumed that arians was fired for not having a FB and automatically figured any new coordinator replacing him would bring one along. there currently is no FB on the roster, unless you count our new 7th round TE.
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:35 PM   #3
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Hard times for fullbacks

Of the 30 running backs in attendance for the combine workouts in Indianapolis last month, only two -- Southern Cal's Rhett Ellison and Bradie Ewing of Wisconsin -- were branded as fullbacks. Two other "draftable" players were among the tight end invitees as H-backs.
The 2011 draft produced just five players at the position, none selected above the fourth round. Arguably the top rookie fullback in the NFL last season, Henry Hynoski of the New York Giants, was an undrafted free agent.
A former University of Pittsburgh standout, and onetime record-breaking prep running back, Hynoski, who pocketed a Super Bowl ring in his debut season in the NFL, had a nugget of advice for this year's fullback candidates.
Don't take it personally.
For the most part, the fullback prospects in 2012 have heeded the advice.
"It's a position that, in the minds of some people, is barely on the radar screen," said Ellison, a former tight end whose resume with the Trojans included one rushing attempt. "There are teams that don't have a fullback on the roster, and coaches who have [vowed] not to have one. But you can't let that get in your way. If you're a good football player, no matter the system, they'll find a place for you. I mean, you can't let it get to you. If you get a chance, make the most of it."
Maybe. But the fullback position in the NFL, while not quite extinct, is heading for dodo bird status.
Once a prominent position, fullback is an afterthought now, and a few general managers acknowledged to The Sports Xchange that they don't have a fullback candidate rated above the fifth round in the early "stacking" of their draft boards.
Some even suggested there might not be a fullback chosen in the lottery in two months. The success of Hynoski and others is both a blessing and a curse: An example to players that undrafted players can still make an impact, but also to talent evaluators that they can fill the fullback spot with low-round or undrafted players.
Or sometimes with players from other positions.
General managers used to suggest that some of the best tight end prospects were playing power forward in basketball. Well, some of the guys who will end up at fullback or H-back in the NFL were college tight ends.
"I'm probably being evaluated as much as a fullback, maybe even more so, than as a tight end," Alabama tight end Brad Smelley said. "Anymore, fullbacks come from some other position, so it's no big deal to me. If that's where scouts feel that I can most help some team, then fine."
Not only do fullback candidates sometimes come from other positions, but also from schools that typically aren't considered powerhouse programs. The top-rated fullback by NFLDraftScout's Rob Rang is Evan Rodriguez of Temple. The No. 2 prospect is UMass' Emil Igwenagu. Rang rates perhaps a handful of players as likely to be drafted at fullback. As usual, clubs will attempt to add some as free agents.
The position is not only about developing projects but also about being right in a projection for a player.
"I think they're looking for pretty [selfless] guys, players who want to win, but don't worry about getting all the credit," said Rodriquez, a former tight end. "It's what you think of when you consider the [fullback] position now."
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Some TE's seem to be headed for FB hybrid position.
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won't be long before we'll be seeing RB/WR hybrids. more marshal faulk , brian westbrook type of guys.
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won't be long before we'll be seeing RB/WR hybrids. more marshal faulk , brian westbrook type of guys.
the way the league is headed, in a few years, a rushing play will be as rare as the forward pass was in the early 1900s.
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And then defenses will get smaller and faster to adjust, then some team will find a back in the style of Adrian Peterson and the like, and the smaller defense designed to stop the pass will give up more rushing yards, and the league will shift back again.
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won't be long before we'll be seeing RB/WR hybrids. more marshal faulk , brian westbrook type of guys.
Which is exactly the type of player the Steelers drafted when they took Chris Rainey.
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David Johnson IS our fullback. It doesn't matter much what his number is, or that the media guide says he is a tight end.. If a guy spends 99.9 % of the time blocking in, or as a lead blocker out of the backfield.... he's a fullback. A fairly tall one, but still, functions as our fullback none the less.
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