2004 Season Review: FB

With the Dolphins' dismal 2004 season now over, we take a look back with a position-by-position evaluation as well as a look forward to what the offseason might bring. Today we examine the fullbacks.

Overview

The Dolphins haven't made much use of the fullback in the past several years, and that was even more the case in 2004 when they used two-tight-end sets more frequently, particulary after starting fullback Rob Konrad went on injured reserve. Sammy Morris was expected to be Konrad's backup in 2004, but he was switched to halfback after Ricky Williams walked out on the team, so the Dolphins claimed blocking specialist Jamar Martin off waivers from Dallas.

Rob Konrad: It was a typical Konrad year with the Dolphins. He made things happen on those few times the Dolphins got him the ball, but he was invisible more often than not and he battled injuries.

Jamar Martin: As mentioned before, the Dolphins didn't have a pure fullback in there that often because they so often used two tight ends, but Martin did show some good blocking ability when he was on the field.

James Lynch: He was picked up from Cincinati's practice squad late in the season but was inactive for all three of his games with Miami, so we don't know what this guy has.

Looking ahead

Konrad speculated after being placed on injured reserve in November that he might have played his last down with the Dolphins. He might be right, particularly if the new offensive coordinator doesn't feature the fullback because Konrad's price tag for 2005 is around $1 million. Martin figures to be back because of his blocking ability, and don't be surprised to see Morris moved back to fullback in 2005.


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