Last December, with just four games remaining on the schedule, the Dallas Cowboys signed fullback Tyler Clutts. They had played the previous 12 games with no true fullback, but four tight ends on the roster.
Clutts did enough in his limited time with Dallas to convince running backs coach Gary Brown that the team should carry a fullback in 2014.
“They all need to be on the same page. They need to be able to communicate verbally and non-verbally. We have a nice one with DeMarco [Murray] and Tyler, they do well together,” Brown said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “They talk and know what to do when they’re not talking, and that’s a good thing.”
Clutts began his professional career as a defensive end in the Canadian Football League, but was converted to fullback during a stint with the UFL’s Sacramento Mountain Lions. According to Clutts, making that transition felt right.
“I moved to fullback because I felt it was my natural position, a position that fit my personality and the way the game is suppose to be played,” Clutts said. “I played defensive end in the Canadian League, but I knew if I was going to make it in this league, it would be as a fullback.”
Of course, the fullback job doesn’t belong to Clutts just yet. He’ll have to beat out LSU product J.C. Copeland in training camp.
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