According to Field Yates of ESPN Boston, the New England Patriots re-instated fullback Tony Fiammetta yesterday from the reserve/left squad list to the active roster. Fiammetta is likely the missing piece for the Pats at the fullback position, because the Pats spent the 2011 season without a true fullback. Instead, they used tight end Michael Hoomanawanui as the H-back and lead blocker.
The Patriots had a few hopefuls at the fullback position in Eric Kettani, Spencer Larsen, and James Develin last season. Develin, a hard worker, is a nice player to have on the practice squad. The Washington Redskins signed Kettani last year, and the Patriots dropped Larsen this offseason and are wisely giving up on him.
Fiammetta is the best option for the Patriots at the fullback position going forward, because he is one of the best lead blockers in the game. Unfortunately, health is a serious concern for Fiammetta, because he sat out the entire 2011 season (that’s why he left the Patriots) due to a severe concussion. Some speculated that Fiammetta was retiring, but that is clearly not the case now that he is back with the New England Patriots.
If the Patriots do indeed want to re-emphasize the fullback position (and by that, I mean “if they want to have an actual fullback”), then Fiammetta will be the guy to start at the position next season. He showed his talent with the Dallas Cowboys as lead blocker, and we’ll see what he can to for the Patriots in training camp.
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