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Cleveland Browns and the Evolving FB Position

Jan 6, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson (26) celebrates a touchdown during the second quarter of the NFC Wild Card playoff game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

As the 2013 NFL Training Camps hit their stride, and begin to prepare for Pre-Season Schedule, rosters are starting to come together. Depth charts are released, players are making pushes to take starting position or to make the team. The Browns have many of their starters lined up and ready to. The 2 major positions still up in the air is Kicker and Fullback. The Kicker position between the rookie and the vet will depend on made kicks, probably mostly in Pre-Season games.

The Fullback position is of great interest as the team does not have a clear bulldozer fullback like Lawerence Vickers of the days past. Players like Brad Smelley and Owen Marecic can play the position but are not space clearers, and may fit better in a H-Back position. The Browns have worked with RB Chris Ogbonnaya as a fullback. Ogbonnaya was a backup the last couple of years, and often was in on 3rd down due to his ability to block and pick up the blitz. Last year he only had 8 attempts for 30 yards. “Obby” as he is known stands at 6′ and 225lbs which fits with the mold of Michael Robinson of the Seattle Seahawks who stands 6’1″ 240lbs. Robinson, who played QB and WR at Penn State, has been a staple of the Seahawks for the past 3 years after coming over from San Francisco. Robinson has maxed out at 12 attempts but has averaged double digit receptions.  During those 3 seasons but has cleared the way for Marshawn Lynch and provided valuable blocking in the ‘Hawks schemes. Robinson doesn’t stand like the large fullbacks of old, and was a college QB and WR, and is a positive role model for Obby to pattern himself after.

Is smaller FBs the new rage? Does Obby have a chance to provide a similar role as Robinson? Who do you want to win the FB starting position?

Topics: NFL Training Camp, Seattle Seahawks

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