Oliver Hoyte is no longer a fullback. But the twist to Oliver’s situation is that he never really was a fullback in the first place. In both high school and at North Carolina State he played linebacker. After seeing how average the Chiefs‘ linebacking corps has been so far, can you blame Hoyte for wanting to go back to his old school roots?
Donnie Edwards is hurt, and I’m afraid he’s caught a bad case of the Ken Griffey Jr.-Kevin Johnson-Emmitt Smith hammy disease. Derrick Johnson has not really elevated his play yet. Napoleon Harris has completely disintegrated, Boba Fett-style. Demorrio Williams has not stepped up like we expected him, or at least wanted, him to. As for Pat Thomas, well, he’s the unheralded Pat Thomas.
Hoyte is massive, and if he can play fullback then he’s fast enough to play in the middle for sure. Pop was basically as out of position as Boomer Grigsby was at fullback, so this is a smart move. Nonetheless, he has his work cut out for him if he wants to make the final roster, let alone play.
By the way, “Pop” is listed as his nickname over on his official site, which I refuse to link until they pull all of that lame Dallas Cowboys‘ shit off of there.