Atlanta Falcons Position Preview: Fullbacks

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Starter: Patrick DiMarco

Earlier this offseason, the Falcons signed fullback Collin Mooney. While Mooney did not play last season, DiMarco did and had an up and down season as the fullback. In Week 17, the Falcons fullback could not catch a pass to save his life. Mooney, on the other hand, could fit better in Kyle Shanahan’s offense, as Mooney is more of a hybrid fullback and halfback. I give the nod to DiMarco for several reasons. First, I think getting rid of players that are talented and somehow do not “fit” a coach’s scheme is ridiculous to say the least. DiMarco will learn and adjust his game to fit Shanahan’s scheme. Secondly, DiMarco just signed a two-year deal in the off-season, so obviously the Falcons have trust in his abilities. Lastly, DiMarco is only 26 and has been in the league for four years. He is developing into a solid blocker, and he can catch out of the backfield. With Mooney being signed this offseason, expect DiMarco to not take too kindly to it, and to work his tail off to be the best fullback he can be.

 

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