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Ness
08-01-2012, 02:37 AM
This is really a dying breed unfortunately. The old school bruising type of fullback that goes in as a lead blocker and has the ability to maul folks. Everyone is going with two tight end sets now. That being said, there has to be a few good players that still fit this mold. Vonta Leach is the obvious choice and maybe the best in the game today. I'm having a hard time thinking of others that emulate his style though. Le'Ron McClain? Lawrence Vickers?

themaninblack
08-01-2012, 02:51 AM
Don't really know if he's considered one of the best but Chris Pressley can sure lay the wood on people when need be.

NotMyJob
08-01-2012, 03:07 AM
Pressley is a beast. i was upset when he got snagged away from the Bengals PS, but he came back home.

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yeah he was 19 doing this

Mufasa
08-01-2012, 03:11 AM
Christ. That was 6 years ago too, wonder how much he's doing now.

K Train
08-01-2012, 06:57 AM
This is really a dying breed unfortunately. The old school bruising type of fullback that goes in as a lead blocker and has the ability to maul folks. Everyone is going with two tight end sets now. That being said, there has to be a few good players that still fit this mold. Vonta Leach is the obvious choice and maybe the best in the game today. I'm having a hard time thinking of others that emulate his style though. Le'Ron McClain? Lawrence Vickers?

is mcclain even that good of a blocker? he always seemed like a better runner to me.

i like owen schmidt, the man is bat **** crazy

SeanTaylorRIP
08-01-2012, 07:25 AM
Coming out of college McClain was supposed to be a great blocker and pure FB but truth be told he's in the lower echelon of the league as a blocker, Vonta Leach was a MASSIVE upgrade for the Ravens as a blocker.

coordinator0
08-01-2012, 01:12 PM
Coming out of college McClain was supposed to be a great blocker and pure FB but truth be told he's in the lower echelon of the league as a blocker, Vonta Leach was a MASSIVE upgrade for the Ravens as a blocker.

Yep. McClain's best asset is his versatility, not only as a runner but also as a receiver out of the backfield. Cameron liked to motion him all over the place and he was effective blocking from the TE spot as well. As a blocker McClain is adequate, but I wouldn't call him one of the best in the league.

Is Mughelli still good? He always struck me as one of the top lead-blockers in the league.

Forenci
08-01-2012, 02:43 PM
I remember Jim Finn.

bigbluedefense
08-01-2012, 02:46 PM
I remember Charles Way.

Forenci
08-01-2012, 02:53 PM
Jim Finn was a legend though. I still remember his freakishly short t-rex arms and is inability to catch passes.

Good times.

bigbluedefense
08-01-2012, 02:54 PM
Jim Finn was a Bergen Catholic douchebag!

Forenci
08-01-2012, 02:57 PM
Ouch bro. Also, Madison Hedgecock was a legend as well.

bigbluedefense
08-01-2012, 03:00 PM
You played for BC?

Love me some Hedgecock. But Charles Way was my hero. Dude played with cow knees.

Cow knees.

whatadai
08-01-2012, 03:09 PM
I think Marcel Reece could do well in a ZBS.

Forenci
08-01-2012, 03:13 PM
You played for BC?

Love me some Hedgecock. But Charles Way was my hero. Dude played with cow knees.

Cow knees.

Haha. No I certainly didn't play for BC.

Cow Knees are pretty awesome though.

niel89
08-02-2012, 04:41 AM
I'd say that Leach is the best for sure, but the Texans even let him walk which speaks volumes about how blocking FBs are valued. There are only a handful of teams that want to run the ball physically enough to used a real FB. He also is a nice leader for Ray Rice in many ways. Leach was #45 on the players list.

http://www.nfl.com/videos/baltimore-ravens/09000d5d82966401/Jonathan-Vilma-Ray-Rice-Ben-Grubbs


I miss Lorenzo Neal also.

Ness
08-02-2012, 05:14 AM
I would love to have Leach on the 49ers, although Bruce Miller has been decent for us as a blocker and receiver...but I just love the fact that Leach is a devastating force that will just bulldoze you over. Those guys are petty much gone from the NFL at that position.

VAfy-ya
08-02-2012, 10:55 AM
I like Miller's potential though. He could in the conversation in a couple years. Hard not to like what did as a rookie.

XxXdragonXxX
08-02-2012, 12:36 PM
Michael Robinson

QBs make the best fullbacks. Something about knowing what someone is thinking....

BaLLiN
08-02-2012, 08:46 PM
I remember mike alstott
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/pro_football/news/2001/12/24/nflgallery_week15/3.jpg

Ness
08-02-2012, 09:38 PM
And I remember Fred Beasley blocking for Garrison Hearst. He was a great fullback.

Smooth Criminal
08-03-2012, 06:25 AM
Whoever gets the start in a Bruce Arians offense.

O yea I forgot he doesn't need a fullback.

phlysac
08-03-2012, 10:57 AM
And I remember Fred Beasley blocking for Garrison Hearst. He was a great fullback.

Sorry you didn't get to experience Tom Rathman when he was doin' it.

Ness
08-03-2012, 10:59 AM
Sorry you didn't get to experience Tom Rathman when he was doin' it.

I've seen a handful of old games from the time Rathman played.

Don Vito
08-03-2012, 03:50 PM
Remember Keith Byars? I don't know what made me think of him now but he was like Aaron Hernandez of yesteryear. Everyone talks about players today who would have been better off playing thirty years ago, I think Byars is one of the rare examples that he would have been better off playing 20 years in the future because offenses could use a player like him a lot more today then back in the 80's/90's.

He was kind of before my time I just remember him because he was on the Pats in the Packers super bowl year and he wore #41, the next year was third grade for me and 41 was my number and continued to be.

BBD he was on the Eagles for a while during the LT days I think I bet you remember him.

Ness
08-03-2012, 03:52 PM
I watched a couple of games with Keith Byars. I thought he was initially a tight end.

Don Vito
08-03-2012, 03:54 PM
He was an H-back type he lined up everywhere. Hernandez comes to mind when I think of him because of how we line up Hernandez in the backfield sometimes, but Byars' background was more as a runner he just was a very good receiver too and was a big dude.

Brodeur
08-03-2012, 03:57 PM
The usefulness of the fullback died when Cory Schlesinger declined.

Hines
08-03-2012, 04:01 PM
Lorenzo Neal.

JHL6719
08-03-2012, 04:48 PM
Probably Greg Jones.

I watched Keith Byars in college... guy always looked funny running with those short choppy strides, but he could move. I'll never forget the long TD run he had against Dallas on Thanksgiving in the snow when he played for the Dolphins.

Mack Strong was one of the best too.

Larry Centers was the best receiving fullback that's ever played.

Moose Johnston, Roosevelt Potts, Zack Crockett, Leroy Hoard, William Floyd, William Henderson, Howard Griffith, Kevin Mack, Ickey Woods, Kimble Anders, John L. Williams, Tony Richardson..... ahhh yes... the fullback.

They were beautiful.

G Mobile
08-03-2012, 05:03 PM
Hopefully in a few years once defenses completely physically switch to being built to stop the pass, offenses will bring back the power run game and fullbacks will bloom once again.

WCH
08-03-2012, 07:25 PM
Probably Greg Jones.

I watched Keith Byars in college... guy always looked funny running with those short choppy strides, but he could move. I'll never forget the long TD run he had against Dallas on Thanksgiving in the snow when he played for the Dolphins.

Mack Strong was one of the best too.

Larry Centers was the best receiving fullback that's ever played.

Moose Johnston, Roosevelt Potts, Zack Crockett, Leroy Hoard, William Floyd, William Henderson, Howard Griffith, Kevin Mack, Ickey Woods, Kimble Anders, John L. Williams, Tony Richardson..... ahhh yes... the fullback.

They were beautiful.

I didn't really appreciate it at the time, but the 90's had some really good FBs.