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Detroit Lions roster review: Fullback

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A look back at how the Detroit Lions' fullbacks performed in 2014.

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As part of our season wrap-up series, we are going to examine how each player on the roster performed in 2014. Next, let's take a look at the Detroit Lions' fullbacks. (Note: Stats are from regular-season games only.)

Jed Collins - 16 games (2 starts) | 8 carries, 19 yards | 5 catches, 39 yards, 1 TD

The Lions brought back the fullback position this season under the direction of offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi. Collins followed Lombardi to Detroit from New Orleans, and Collins had a decent role on offense. He was used quite a bit as a ball carrier in short-yardage situations, and he also served as the running back's lead blocker quite a bit. What's more, Collins even caught five passes and had a touchdown grab that featured him running over Luke Kuechly.

The Lions also had Montell Owens at fullback at the start of the season, but he once again ended up on injured reserve. This time around, he played in three games for the Lions, and he ended up spending nine games on injured reserve before the team released him. Owens later joined the Chicago Bears for the final few weeks of the season.

Previously: Quarterback, running back