Oct 6, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Houston Texans fullback Greg B. Jones (33) stretches during warmups before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
After parting ways with Bradie Ewing earlier in the off-season, the Atlanta Falcons have only one fullback (Patrick DiMarco) on the roster, and with that, there would seem to be an opening in their backfield. In response to that, there is a report circulating that has the Falcons hosting veteran fullback Greg Jones in Flowery Branch this week.
Jones, who is now 32 years old and will be 33 when the season opens, has spent the great majority of his decade-long career in Jacksonville, but the former Florida State Seminole played the 2013 season with the Houston Texans. Stats can be quite misleading with regard to block-first fullbacks, but as a ball-carrier, Jones has amassed 10 touchdowns in 131 career games, and he was a prolific runner while in Tallahassee.
There isn’t a ton to read into a simple visit, but with DiMarco’s relative lack of experience, there must be some interest in Jones for them to bring him in at all. Still, Atlanta’s offense has gone far away from the fullback in recent seasons, and with a healthy duo of Julio Jones and Roddy White back, I can’t imagine there will be a great need for multiple experienced fullbacks. Stay tuned.