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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Fullbacks still need work

By Calvin Watkins

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Cowboys have three fullbacks on their roster and no one has emerged as the favorite to make the 53-man roster.

Chris Gronkowski, last year's starter, seventh-round pick Shaun Chapas and Jason Pociask, who was moved from tight end, are competing for most likely one spot on the roster.

"We got to get a lot better," running backs coach Skip Peete said. "We got to get a lot more physical at the point of attack when it comes to lead blocking or when it comes to pass protection. Still a big competition there. We've actually given them all an opportunity to perform. It's not strictly like one guy is running [with the first team], they're all getting their share of reps."

The knock against Gronkowski is that while he's a good runner, he continues to have problems holding blocks.

"You got to understand what is out there," Peete said. "The difference between now and 15 and 20 years ago is college football was a two-back system. Now it's a spread out, throw the ball all over the place. So you don't have a whole lot of true fullbacks coming out of college now. There's different types of fullbacks now. There's fullbacks who will go up and blow you up, there are fullbacks who will go up and just block you. To me if you block the guy and he doesn't make the play, that's a successful play to me."

All three fullbacks have done good things, but it wouldn't be a surprise if the Cowboys don't have a fullback on the roster and instead use one of their tight ends in a fullback role.