In response to quinzpatsfan's comment:
In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
In response to wozzy's comment:
DISREGARD DIDN'T REALIZE HE WAS CUT @!#$$%%
Hernandez was labeled a tight end but took handoffs, regardless of his position we'd be hard pressed to find a better blocker out of the backfield than Huey, the guy really comes up and meets defenders, even standing up big guards and linebackers, whether he can carry the ball, which I think he can probably handle a handoff and once you have the ball the rules are the same for everybody.
The most carries Heath Evans ever had as a Pat(2007)was 34 carries, Larry Centers 21 carries, Marc Edwards had 51 carries (2001) once, then 31 carries was his second highest total.
I guess the point is even if we carried a fullback they wouldn't carry the ball often, less often if they were less talented than Edwards who probably was our most talented all around fullback.
Wozzy, you're definitely right that a FB isn't going to carry the ball a lot. But I think a true FB tends to think more like a RB and see the field and the developing play more like a RB than a TE does. I wish I could find it, but years ago BB in one of his press conferences spent a ton of time talking about Patrick Pass's skills as a lead blocker and praising Pass's decision-making and vision. One of the points BB was making about Pass was that a lead blocker had to see the play developing the same way as the RB saw it. If he didn't he'd either lead the RB through the wrong hole or, if the RB didn't follow him, end up blocking someone away from the point of attack. I think TEs can learn to see the play the same way, but FBs practice with the RBs regularly and have that RB mentality, which I think is valuable if you are blocking from the backfield.
I agree Hoomanawanui is the TE closest to a true FB, but I'm still not sure he's quite the same as a real FB. Of course, using a roster spot on a true FB only makes sense if they plan to use a blocker in the backfield regularly. If they just want an extra blocker on short yardage, using a TE or lineman (as they've done most years recently) makes more sense, since it doesn't use up a valuable roster slot on a specialist who won't play much.
How much do you think your above statement vs Develin's excelling in ST had to do with him making the team, slater and ebner offer little if anything other than STs, which isn't the norm, usually guys have potential upside but haven't showed enough to make the team but contribute on ST enough to warrant the team to develop. Some guys never develop but have to really excell in STs. We now have 2 guys that can play FB, howman and Develin.
Personally would love to see the pats play 2 back sets, old school smash mouth, iform, wishbone type stuff..