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Wednesday Notes: Jim Schwartz Sheds Some Light On Fullback Position

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  • Jim Schwartz had some interesting things to say about the fullback position and how it is changing so much.
    "Traditionally, fullback, it's a position that's -- I don't want to say it's a little bit of a dying breed, but teams are just looking for ways to use players a little bit more and looking for the multidimensional ability of fullbacks," coach Jim Schwartz said. "No disrespect to (running backs coach and former fullback) Sam Gash, but that player doesn't exist very much in the NFL anymore because it's not just about lead blocking. It's about catching the ball. It's about playing special teams. It's about all those kind of things."
    Schwartz went on to say that the Lions' fullbacks "are a little bit of a transition." Specifically, Jerome Felton is getting carries as a running back on top of playing fullback and Jake Nordin is getting snaps at fullback and tight end. According to Schwartz, Matt Clapp, the undrafted free agent from Oklahoma, is the only "true fullback" on the roster, as the others have multiple roles on offense.
  • This year the Lions aren't going to worry as much about the direction of their kickoffs. Instead they will just let Jason Hanson try to kick it as far as he can, which should hopefully add a little bit of distance to them.
  • John Niyo wrote a great article on Gunther Cunningham's journey from Germany to becoming a United States citizen.
  • Jon Jansen answered a few questions from fans in a Q&A for the Free Press.
  • The Lions came in as the 112th team in ESPN's Ultimate Team Rankings, which is an improvement from past years.
  • The deal safety Oshiomogho Atogwe received from the Rams is not as great as it appears at first glance.