Dallas Cowboys running backs coach Gary Brown is of the opinion that the team should use a fullback in 2014.
The last time Dallas had a fullback throughout an entire season was two years ago, when Lawrence Vickers filled that role. They went 13 weeks without a true fullback a year ago--using backup center Phil Costa and linebacker Kyle Bosworth at the spot when necessity called--before bringing in Tyler Clutts for the final four games.
Brown hopes this late-season change carries over into this upcoming season.
“I think you do,” he told the team’s official website. “If you look at the teams who are winning it--Seattle, Baltimore--they all have a running game and they have that fullback in there for that presence, that physical toughness you have to have when you want to close games out.”
Aside from Clutts, the Cowboys added J.C. Copeland, an undrafted fullback out of LSU, in May. While Brown likes what he’s seen from Copeland in OTAs, the fullback position being what it is, he won’t get a great read on him until the pads come on.
“He’s another guy we’re not going to see what his full potential is until he puts the pads on,” Brown said of Copeland. “His reputation is as a huge blocker. When he gets those pads on, we’ll see what he can really do.”
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