The Eagles drafted him two years ago with the idea of using him in one-back sets. But he was raw and struggled to pick up the Eagles' complicated offense. He carried the ball 12 times for 42 yards as a rookie.
In Andy Reid's seven years in Philadelphia, the Eagles seldom have used their fullback as a running option. But that could change if Tapeh wins the starting job.
"Yeah, that certainly is a possibility," said Mornhinweg. "Especially if you have a player there like (Tapeh) who can run it. It certainly can be a part of your offense."
If the spring minicamps are any indication, Tapeh appears to have a much better grasp of the Eagles' offense than he did as a rookie. As for his injury, which initially appeared to be career threatening, he said he has made a complete recovery.
Doctors had to wait more than seven months for his hip joint to stabilize last year before they could operate on him, which effectively ended any possibility of an '05 return.