So now the Eagles have officially ended the "Tony Hunt as full-time fullback" experiment:
Fullback Tony Hunt said he has been told he will take his practice reps at running back, where he played before being switched near the end of training camp. Defensive tackle Dan Klecko, signed last spring with the idea he would be a fullback, has been reissued his old No. 49 jersey and apparently will play an expanded role at fullback while still participating in the defensive tackle rotation. Defensive end Victor Abiamiri, out since early in training camp following wrist surgery, was to participate in his first full practice today, and Abiamiri said he had been told he would work some inside at defensive tackle -- something he assumes reflects Klecko's decreased availability on defense. It isn't clear that Abiamiri will be ready to play by this weekend.
Which, duh, you already knew since Les posted that yesterday afternoon and I'm still evidently struggling to get into a posting rhythm since my mini-vacation.
But why is nobody mentioning the fact that this isn't really likely to fix anything? No, Tony Hunt isn't a fullback -- just like JR Reed and Greg Lewis aren't punt returners -- but neither is Dan Klecko. The guy's legitimately quick for a defensive tackle, but that's like saying I'm legitimately cool for someone who's a blogger -- that bar ain't real high.
Meanwhile, the Eagles have a real fullback sitting on the practice squad in the person of undrafted rookie Jed Collins. You know the guy:
Marty: "Jed is very smart. Fundamentally he's really pretty good. He's big. He's not as fast as the other two, but he's very consistent at both the run and the pass coming out of the backfield."
Marty again: "No, Jed has played very well. It really has very little to do with other players. It has more to do with Tony Hunt earning a shot."
Marty one last time: "His consistency is high," Mornhinweg said. "He has taken advantage of an opportunity here. It will be interesting to see how he does."
Reid: "Jed did a nice job in the limited plays that he had offensively, but also on special teams," Eagles head coach Andy Reid said. "That fullback position, you've got to produce on special teams or you're going to struggle to make it there. [Collins] did the best job of the other guys on the special-teams unit."
But no. We're going to stick with the FB by committee approach, simply expanding Klecko's goal line role -- which has worked out great so far -- to use him more in the other parts of the field.
I don't see how this could possibly not work.