Grading the pro potential: Fullbacks
"My kingdom for a great lead blocker" could be the war cry for lots of National Football League tailbacks hoping to break the rapidly rising trend of a "running back by committee" used by quite a few teams in recent years. With more and more emphasis on the passing game, having a featured ball-carrier is a rarity. Most teams cite the high injury factor for the committee approach in the backfield, claiming they want to keep fresh legs available at all times, but with multiple-receiver sets, double-tight-end formations and the use of an H-back, the role of the classic lead-blocking fullback has become a thing of the past. Yes, fullbacks have become a dying breed. Super Bowl champion fullback Michael Robinson is contemplating retirement, as he's received nary a nibble from other teams as he seeks employment. Such standout blockers like Le'Ron McClain (San Diego) and Vonta Leach (Baltimore) have joined Robinson in trying to wrest a roster spot for the 2014 season. It is not only the...
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