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Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Cowboys going with two fullbacks

By Calvin Watkins

IRVING -- It wasn't unsual for the Cowboys to keep two fullbacks on the 53-man roster.

In 2006, the Cowobys had Oliver Hoyte and Lousaka Polite as the fullbacks, Bill Parcells' last year with the team.

On the 2010 roster, the Cowboys will have Deon Anderson and Chris Gronkowski as the fullbacks to go with two tight ends, Jason Witten and Martellus Bennett.

After a check of the NFC, Green Bay, for instance is keeping three fullbacks on their roster, Korey Hall, John Kuhn and Quinn Johnson. But Washington and Tampa Bay along with the Cowboys are keeping two fullbacks.

Anderson and Gronkowski ran neck-and-neck in terms of making the team but the injury to tight end John Phillips (torn ACL) and the inability of Martin Rucker to distingush himself fully during the preseaon, allowed the Cowboys to go with two fullbacks.

Rucker was signed to the practice squad and could get called to the active roster later in the year.

Gronkowski can play the HBack role better than Anderson, which gives him some value. Anderson is a better blocker, but nagging injuries has the organization concerned about his long-term health.

"It's really the same," coach Wade Phillips said of the fullback/tight end spots. "We might have kept two somebody had go on the 53. Those are ifs. We kept what we thought were the best players and that’s who we have."