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Post-draft depth chart: Fullbacks

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on May 24, 2014 at 3:15 pm with 7 Comments »
May 24, 2014 3:15 pm
Derrick Coleman appears the clear starter at fullback heading into OTAs. / AP photo
Derrick Coleman appears the clear starter at fullback heading into OTAs. / AP photo

The fullback is dying.

According to Football Outsiders, teams came out with three or more wide receivers on 58.8 percent of plays last season.

Even for the run-first Seahawks, fullback usage is limited. It also appears to have little correlation to Marshawn Lynch’s success or failure running the ball.

With Lynch spokesman Michael Robinson likely to retire, the Seahawks wil look at a trio of replacements.

Starter
Derrick Coleman
His hamstring injury against Arizona cost him four games and opened up the chance for Robinson to return. Coleman finished the season with two carries for three yards. He was much more effective as a receiver, making eight catches for 62 yards and a touchdown (one of the flukiest touchdowns you’ll see. It banged off Kellen Davis’ hands, also known as his facemask). Coleman also became a star in the deaf community — and quite a bit outside of it — during the Seahawks’ Super Bowl run. Coleman has been legally deaf since he was 3 years old.

Backup
Kiero Small
The seventh-round draft pick is likely to find his way onto the team as a specific situation fullback and special teams players. At 5-foot-8 1/2 and 250 pounds, Small’s frame is different than any other one on the roster.

On the outside
Spencer Ware
Ware is back after playing in just the first two games of last season before being moved to injured reserve because of an ankle injury. He was also arrested in Seattle in January for DUI. He doesn’t have the rounded game of Coleman or uniqueness of Small, which could make him the odd man out.

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  1. I really like what Derrick Coleman stands for and what he does for his community, but football player wise I see him as solid and nothing special.
    I really want Kiero “Biggie” Smalls to stick, so he can be a ST beast as well. And I actually see Spencer Ware as a tailback because of his running style. I could see him being our Eddie Lacy and running hard nosed and tough, a change of pace from the shifty and quick Michael. He can challenge Michael the starter in years to come and be the 2 or 3 on the depth chart along with Turbin. I don’t think they will resign Turbin after this year if Michael and Ware develop. RB’s with Turbin’s skill set are a dime a dozen.

  2. Skavage says:

    Not to mention Ware wasn’t exactly given a great recommendation from his college coaches at LSU. I seem to recall a scouting comment stating he was selfish and not a hard worker…or something to that effect.

  3. Macabrevity says:

    Haven’t seen much from Coleman that blows me away on the field, but as a character in this cast I do like him. Ware on the other hand seems like a more proficient runner, but we have people to do that part of the work. I can’t help myself, but I’m loving the idea of Biggie busting facemasks, and can envision this type of “surprise, you didn’t see me did you?” block happening quite a bit…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgGmAnIzU9E

  4. This is an uninspiring group.

    Marshawn and Coleman never seemed to get in sync.

    My hope is that Kiero Small is much better than expected. Failing that, I say they cut all three FB’s, keep an extra WR and use more two and three TE sets.

  5. SRVHawk says:

    I was actually fairly impressed with Coleman. Maybe it has something to do with my low expectations going in. Anyways, I think he is capable of manning the FB spot for the Hawks. The FB doesn’t play in this offense that much.

  6. SRVHawk says:

    Small seems like a thumper. May the best man win come TC.

  7. Dukeshire says:

    “Solid” is more than adequate.

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