Camp preview: Fullbacks

The Dolphins will open their 40th training camp when they hold the first practice on Monday, July 25 at the team's training facility in Davie. We preview what should be an interesting camp under new head coach Nick Saban with a position-by-position analysis of the team heading into camp. In this installment, we look at the fullbacks.

Fullbacks on the roster: Heath Evans (5th season), Jamar Martin (4th season), Ben Moa (1st season), Sammy Morris (6th season).

Summary: Rob Konrad was a fixture at fullback the last several seasons, but he retired in the offseason after being released by the Dolphins. A former second-round pick, Konrad never became much of a factor in the Dolphins offense despite flashing pass-catching ability and despite former coach Dave Wannstedt's annual vow to get Konrad more involved. With Scott Linehan now the offensive coordinator, the fullback in the Dolphins offense might look more like an H-back and pass-catching ability will be a must at the position.

The battles: This is one of several positions on the roster that appear wide open, and the expected return of Ricky Williams might make this spot even more complicated. Why? Because it would make sense at some point for the Dolphins to have first-round pick Ronnie Brown line up at fullback in the same backfield as Williams. Remember that Brown has fullback experience from his days at Auburn. But Williams isn't expected to be allowed to play until the fifth game of the season, so let us address the battles as they pertain to the season opener. Because of Linehan's offense, it would appear the two roster spots at the position almost are a cinch to go to Morris and Evans because Jamar Martin is a blocking specialist and because Ben Moa sustained an Achilles injury in NFL Europe. As far as the starting position, it's a pretty close call between Morris and Evans because both can catch the ball out of the backfield. Evans might have a slight edge because he has better size in those situations that do call for some blocking.

Projected starter: Heath Evans

Projected on the 53-man roster: Evans, Sammy Morris


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