Douglas the Man at FB

Robert Douglas is in a one-horse race – and he's doing quite well, thank you very much. Douglas, the first-year man from Memphis, ascended to the starting fullback throne once Jim Finn was lost for the season and he's done nothing since to force the Giants to look elsewhere. He said he figured the Giants would bring in outside help.

"I was surprised but I had a real good spring," Douglas said. "But they're using tight ends back there. They're not afraid to use tight ends at the fullback spot. I'm just motivated that I have a chance to be here."

And he fully plans to take advantage of his good fortune.

"It's an opportunity of a lifetime," the 25-year-old Douglas said. "This is my best opportunity. I'm just happy to be here and I just have to keep on pushing."

Prior to the preseason opener against Carolina, Douglas had not played a game since Memphis' appearance in the GMAC Bowl at the end of the 2004 season. He's been with the Titans, Texans and Bucs, but has yet to earn any playing time. Douglas switched from linebacker to fullback midway through his junior season with the Tigers. Douglas said he's a lot heavier than the media guide, which lists him at 230 pounds, gives him credit for.

"Most of the fullbacks are about 250," he said. "I'm 250, but I'm just taller and slimmer. That just means that I have to get my pads lower. I run like I'm 230; I have speed like I'm 230, but I'm 250."

Douglas' ability to catch passes only helps his cause as well.

"I feel real comfortable catching the ball," he said. "That's one of my upsides is that I'm able to catch the ball and be more versatile. I'm not just going to catch the ball and try to run somebody over. I'm going to catch the ball and try to make something happen."

"I know he's very good coming out of the backfield, catching the ball," MLB Antonio Pierce said.

However, like a typical fullback, Douglas is not looking for the spotlight.

"To me it's just about winning," Douglas said. "I just like to win. I don't need to be the greatest fullback of all time; as long as we win, I'll be happy."

Douglas said at the end of camp, he'd be surprised if he didn't retain the starting spot. "You have to be ready for whatever twists and turns they throw at you, but I'm going to do my best to make sure that it's me," he said. "I can catch the ball out of the backfield, I can run the ball, I'm a good blocker; I can play the position."

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