The Buffalo Bills have reportedly signed free agent fullback Jerome Felton to further bolster their running game.
In an effort to keep strengthening their running game in lieu of a top quarterback, the Buffalo Bills picked up former Minnesota Vikings fullback Jerome Felton. You may know Felton from his time spent clearing lanes for Adrian Peterson in the past. He did so for a different tandem this season and still made a couple rookies look good. Now his task will get much easier as he’ll block of one of the best running backs in the league.
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While this move is hardly a blockbuster, it’s just one more in what’s been a flurry of trades and signings to start the offseason at One Bills Drive. The team already made waves in the NFL by trading young linebacker Kiko Alonso to the Philadelphia Eagles for running back LeSean McCoy. Without a franchise quarterback in place, the Bills knew they had to double down on their running game and by bringing in Felton to block for McCoy, the team is doing just that.
Felton spent the last three years with the Minnesota Vikings. He spent the first three years of his career with the Detroit Lions and had one year with the Carolina Panthers in between those NFC North stints. He’s a traditional fullback who will be relied upon to block first and foremost. With zero rushing touchdowns in his career and just 46 carries overall in seven seasons, it’s fair to say the burden will be off him for running production.
Of course, Buffalo’s stacked running back depth chart makes Felton a luxury. In addition to McCoy, the Bills have Bryce Brown, Anthony Dixon and Fred Jackson at running back. They want depth at the position so they can relay upon it and now they’re looking at finding ways to make things easier for whoever carries the ball. Much of that starts with the big men up front.
If he’s used as expected, Felton will be the first traditional fullback the Bills have employed since Sam Gash in 2003. Gash made the Pro Bowl as a running back despite having accrued zero carries that season. If the Bills can get similar production out of Felton, this free agent signing will be a huge success.
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