Do The Bucs Want A “Dinosaur?”March 17th, 2014
The Bucs appear in no hurry to sign a fullback. And Joe wouldn’t be surprised to see them enter 2014 without one.
While Saints bountymaster Sean Payton is sniffing free agent Erik Lorig these days, the Bucs only have former FSU star Lonnie Pryor on the roster. He’s listed as RB/FB and is under 230 pounds with no NFL game experience.
Joe frequently listens to SiriusXM NFL Radio. What a wonderful home for an NFL junkie! Joe can’t remember how many times in the past year he’s heard the “fullback” position referred to as a “dinosaur.” Former head coach and 2013 Bucs special teams coach Dave Wannstedt dove into the that subject a big way recently.
Just look at the two Pro Bowl fullbacks last season, Marcel Reese (Oakland) and Mike Tolbert (Panthers). Neither is really a fullback. Bucs offensive coordinator would love to have speed like Reece’s to play with.
Bucs fans may not realize, but the Bucs used Erik Lorig quite a bit over the past two seasons, more than most teams used a fullback. Lorig had told Joe when Mike Sullivan took over the offense that the fullback’s role in Tampa Bay would be one of the most involved in the NFL. Thankfully, like the dinosaurs, Sullivan’s offense is extinct.
“Speed-in-space” Tedford likely has other ideas, unless he can find a true multi-threat fullback. Joe thinks Mike James, who many Bucs officials likened to Earnest Graham last season, could fill a role like that. But who knows? Little is known about the “fresh” attack to be led by Josh McCown.