The Kansas City Chiefs have added another full back to compete with Shane Bannon. The team announced yesterday, just shortly before practice, that they signed FB Patrick DiMarco.
The Chiefs are hurting a little bit at the FB position. They released Taylor Gentry last week after failing a physical and Bannon suffered an abdominal injury earlier this week and is being held out of practices.
Here is what KCChiefs.com had to say about DiMarco.
DiMarco joins the Chiefs following a brief training camp stint with the Chargers in 2011. Signed as an undrafted free agent, DiMarco was released by San Diego after fracturing the fifth metatarsal bone in his foot on the third day of training camp last year.
A fullback and tight end at South Carolina, DiMarco played in 52 career games for the Gamecocks. An active blocker and pass-catcher, DiMarco caught 38 passes for 302 yards (7.9 avg.) with six touchdowns. He also gained 34 yards on 11 rushing attempts (3.1 avg.).
He’s also the nephew of PGA Tour golfer Chris DiMarco.
The nephew of a pro golfer?
Todd Haley would be proud.
I am still wondering how much the Chiefs are going to utilize the FB this season. They haven’t seemed particularly concerned about adding more competition for the unproven and green Bannon. That could well be because they have former FB Peyton Hillis on the roster. I would be surprised to see Brian Daboll use Hillis as both a runner and a blocker for Jamaal Charles. Lining up Hillis in the backfield with Charles could cause some pause for opposing defensive lineman as it is certainly possible either one of them could be getting the ball.
What do you think Addicts? Will we see Hillis at FB much this season?