Monday, October 15, 2012
New Bear Eldridge up for playing fullback
By Jeff Dickerson
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- New Bears tight end Brody Eldridge said Monday he would "love" to play some fullback in the Bears' offense if the team needs his services in the backfield.
The 6-5, 265-pound Eldridge gained the reputation of being a physical blocker during a two-year stint in Indianapolis where he started 16 games. However, Eldridge played strictly tight end for the Colts and hasn't lined up at fullback since his college days at Oklahoma.
But the idea of Eldridge seeing a little time at fullback in Chicago doesn't seem out of realm of possibilities since rookie Evan Rodriguez is still working his way back from a knee injury. The 2012 fourth-round pick sat out the last two games after hurting his knee early in the Bears' Week 3 victory over the St. Louis Rams.
"I think I can do everything and more," Eldridge said. "I hope to get in the backfield and play a little fullback. I haven't done that since college but it's something I enjoy. So we'll see."
With Rodriguez on the shelf the last couple of weeks, the Bears have occasionally lined up tight end Kyle Adams in the backfield in a lead blocking role. Veteran tight end Matt Spaeth has also seen his playing time increase as the Bears have gone to more double-tight end sets in the wake of their road loss at Green Bay in Week 2.