Do 'Boys Have Room For Two Fullbacks?

Depending on what goes down around Valley Ranch on Monday, DallasCowboys.com may very well feature a story on new fullback Lawrence Vickers, and how he could be much more noteworthy at year's end than simply the guy who was attacked by ants last week.

Simply put, the fullback position was a key for the Cowboys in 2011. In the six games without Tony Fiammetta in the lineup, the offense averaged only 3.3 yards per carry on 152 rushes. The other 10 games, when Fiammetta was suited up, the Cowboys rushed for 1,304 yards on 256 carries, an average of over 5.0 per run.

When Fiammetta was knocked out of action by an inner ear infection, the Cowboys mostly tried to get by at the position by lining up tight end John Phillips in the backfield, and seventh-round pick Shaun Chapas even got a chance, but it wasn't the same.

Now the team's No. 2 tight end, Phillips may not be available for such utility work going forward, and he was hardly a natural as a lead blocker to begin with. Rookie James Hanna isn't exactly a dominant blocker, either.

One of the nice things about Vickers is his durability, as he's played all but six games in his six seasons, but the position is one of the most demanding in the sport. On almost every play he will be asked to square up for contact with a lineman or linebacker.

Given the questions of depth at receiver and tight end, the fullback position may be featured more this year than it has for the Cowboys in some time. So it makes sense that the team would consider keeping two players at the position, which has not been the norm in Dallas.

Other teams have done it, though. It may mean the Cowboys have to go short elsewhere, but keep in mind they're not going to have two kickers for the first time since 2008. A third quarterback may not even be a necessity.

It would seem a real possibility that the club could keep a second fullback, either Chapas, who is still around, or another player on the roster.

Isaiah Greenhouse, who converted from linebacker to fullback during last year's camp, is back with the team now, but has been working exclusively on defense this summer.

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