Dallas Cowboys: Oliver Hoyte

Kyle Bosworth shows position flex

October, 15, 2013
IRVING, Texas -- Kyle Bosworth had to go back to his junior or senior year at Plano West High School for the last time he played fullback in a game before his three plays there in the Dallas Cowboys’ win against the Washington Redskins.

A linebacker by trade, the Cowboys have had Bosworth work as a short-yardage and goal-line fullback in practice, and finally called him into action in the first half when the offense went with a jumbo look with an extra offensive tackle.

The Cowboys converted all three of his snaps into first downs.

Without a true fullback on the roster, the Cowboys went with the next closest thing in a linebacker.

“I know they want me to as versatile as a utility player as possible and it was just the next step in the process,” Bosworth said. “It was real exciting, got three plays and the first one out there I forgot corners don’t really like contact so I had to move at the last minute. It didn’t look so good, but I backed it up on the next couple of plays.”

When active, backup center Phil Costa served as the short-yardage and goal-line fullback, but he was inactive against the Redskins, so Bosworth got the call.

“He’s not afraid to stick his nose in there,” coach Jason Garrett said. “We know that. That’s a positive thing.”

Back when Bill Parcells was coach, the Cowboys converted Oliver Hoyte from linebacker to fullback with some success, but this is more of a part-time gig for Bosworth. He does have, however, his eyes on catching a pass.

“I’ve got great hands, so I mean I know the coach throws me a lot of balls when we’re in scout team and stuff like that and I haven’t dropped one yet, knock on wood,” Bosworth joked. “Progression, you know? I hope it does come because that would just be unbelievable, but I’m good with blocking right now.”

Cowboys going with two fullbacks

September, 7, 2010
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."