Not easy for fullbacks to move to tight end
Coaches like to say it’s the most difficult position to learn behind quarterback because you have to learn three different spots: on the line, in the slot and also fullback.
Jason Witten has mastered the spot with seven Pro Bowl appearances. John Phillips is more versatile than the man he is succeeding, Martellus Bennett, whose strength was as a blocker on the line of scrimmage.
But if the Cowboys ask their tight ends to play some fullback, can’t they ask their fullbacks Lawrence Vickers and Shaun Chapas to play some tight end?
Not really according to Jason Garrett.
“It’s a challenging thing for a fullback to go play on the line of scrimmage in the National Football League,” Garrett said. “We talk about the Y tight ed, the F tight end or the F fullback, it’s a rare guy who can do all three of those things. Being big and long is really important to play on the line of scrimmage in the National Football League. The guy you’re playing against is DeMarcus Ware, Michael Strahan, (Jason) Pierre-Paul. It’s all these kinds of big, long-armed defensive end players. If you don’t have the length and the height to play against those guys, they’re going to throw you around. You can be strong and you can be technically sound and all those things, but you can’t handle one-on-one battles. That’s the challenge for those guys to do that if you don’t have the physical traits to do that.”
Vickers is 6-feet, 250 pounds. Chapas is 6-2, 244 pounds.
At 6-3, Harry Flaherty is the shortest tight end. At 249 pounds, rookie James Hanna is the lightest.
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast Todd Archer joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss the latest Tony Romo news and what he will be watching for in OTAs.
Play Podcast Nate Newton joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss his comments on how Jason Garrett should handle being on the hot seat and not let Jerry Jones get in the way.
Play Podcast Cowboys safety Barry Church joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss the new defensive scheme and the impact it will have on him, how much more intense he expects practice to be with Monte Kiffin and his expectations.
Play Podcast ESPN Insider Ed Werder joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss the latest Cowboys news, including Jason Garrett downplaying Tony Romo's involvement in offensive planning and play calling.
Play Podcast John Lynch joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss playing for Monte Kiffin and Rod Marinelli, why Cowboys fans should be excited about the new defensive staff, why Valley Ranch will no longer resemble a country club and his thoughts on the Cowboys' roster.
Play Podcast Herm Edwards joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss the latest Cowboys news and give his take on what new face will make the biggest impact for Dallas.
Play Podcast Nate Newton joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss what he saw at the Cowboys' rookie minicamp and how he helped Rod Marinelli on the defensive side of the ball.
Play Podcast Todd Archer joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss what he took away from the Dallas Cowboys' rookie minicamp.