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Chiefs Sign FB Tobin Opurum


The Kansas City Chiefs announced Friday that the club has signed former Kansas FB Tobin Opurum.

From the Chiefs’ press release:

Opurum (6-1, 250) played defensive end and linebacker at the University of Kansas where he recorded 109 tackles (59 solo), 6.5 sacks (-47.0 yards), four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and seven passes defensed. Opurum played running back for the Jayhawks in 2009, rushing 133 times for 554 yards and nine touchdowns. He also served on the school’s special teams unit. The Richardson, Texas, native prepped at  Plano East High School in Plano, Texas.

 The Chiefs are really focusing on the FB position this offseason. they drafted KU FB Braden Wilson and also traded CB Javier Arenas to the Arizona Cardinals for FB Anthony Sherman.
It will be interesting to see how many FBs the Chiefs decide to carry. I could see both Wilson and Sherman making the squad with any other FBs being brought in getting cut.
What do you think of all this action at the FB position, Addicts? Do you think the Chiefs will heavily feature the position in Andy Reid’s offense or is the new regime just trying to create competition training camp?

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  • chiefridgy

    At the rate we are picking up fullbacks it looks like we might be lining up with 11 fullbacks

    • Doug McD

      I like the idea, call them all FullBacks. Just make them do different things. Kinds screws up fantasy football, but if it wins games I’m all for it!

    • PunjabiPete

      Dangit now you know my strategy on madden!

  • http://www.facebook.com/travis.pinnick.5 Travis Pinnick

    Looks like they want to run the pistol allot more than they are leading on

    • Darkwolf1414

      You could run that with Jamaal and Knile Davis.

  • http://www.facebook.com/larry.dunigan2 Larry Dunigan

    They are really doing something about the team this year. Off. And Def. I think the team is going to run just about any kind of play they want.

  • kmon

    I bet Reid wants to get Jon Ritchie out of retirement while he’s at it lol

    • Carlos Nevarez

      Bag he’s the Artie Lange show now. No way they’re letting him go.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    He’ll be bagging groceries come September.

  • Carlos Nevarez

    FB position is pivotal in WCO.

    • Darkwolf1414

      Yeah, it is but can you tell me who Philly’s FB was the last few years without looking it up? I think they used a TE more as an H-back instead of having a true FB. I may be wrong because I really didn’t pay too much attention to Philly. I love a good FB and maybe that’s why they are bringing so many in. To find the right ONE. But every time I look up they’ve signed another FB! LOL

      • KCMikeG

        Yes I looked it up because I knew of Weaver but that was a couple of years ago when he was a Pro Bowler.

        Players such as Leonard Weaver and Jon Ritchie became fan favorites during brief stints in Philly, while guys like Kevin Turner and Cecil Martin were always appreciated for doing the dirty work. And who can forget Keith Byars, the greatest Eagles fullback of all time.

        Havili had some moments in his first season on the job in 2012, with LeSean McCoy even advocating his lead blocker for the Pro Bowl. But even under Andy Reid the fullback was only on the field for roughly 20 of the snaps last season. That number is surprising to me with the emphasis he has placed on the position so far this year. Pass protection is a critical role but there must be a new wrinkle he is adding in relation to the Spread/Pistol formations we will be running.

        The Pistol Offense Two-Back Offense adds a new dimension to the formation and allows them to attack the defense with a whole new series of plays. We have seen this already with Charles and Gray this week. Taking advantage of adding a full back to the backfield The Pistol Offense – Two Back Offense is able to exploit the defense with plays with a whole new series of plays designed around the fullback like the Fullback Trap and Speed Option, will add the firepower you need to keep the defense off balance and catch them flat footed. Sounds great to me!

        • berttheclock

          Havili ran the ball six times, but, caught 7 passes. In SF, Harbaugh took a 6th round DE and turned him into a starting FB and he played well in the pistol. But, with the ’12 Eagles and their o-line problems, Reid had to use his backs for far too many bubble screens. With Charles and an improved O-line in KC, look for completely different schemes.

        • Darkwolf1414

          I’d like to see them run the Pistol with Jamaal and Knile Davis. Davis is not quite as big as a regular FB but he has good size plus he has speed, as well. I would still like to see how Gray and Draughn progress, too.

          • KCMikeG

            I have a feeling Draughn might be the odd man out, especially if they list McCluster as a RB so they can keep one more of the young developing WR’s we have.

  • christopher cook

    never heard of him but that big and powerful sounds like anouther NIGERIAN NIGHTMARE THAT would be AWESOME

  • christopher cook

    GO CHIEFS will b there OPENING DAY my Son and myself hes a DALLAS FAN IM BLEED RED AND GOLD we will have fun thats all that matters We need a 10 plus win season

    • Darkwolf1414

      What’s wrong with your son? LOL

    • KCMikeG

      That’s not allowed in my house. My kids are free to choose their favorite NBA, MLB or college teams but the only options when it comes to NFL is the Chiefs or KC.

  • obrien5

    Rock Chalk!

  • Jim Harper

    In an age of fewer fullbacks in the NFL it is a bit puzzling. One can only speculate it is a competition thing. I believe Wilson played at K-State not KU, and since he was a draft pick I would think he leads the pack.

    • Darkwolf1414

      I’m with you. I think it must be a competition thing to let the best man win. I can’t imagine the team carrying 3 FBs. Hell, 2 is a lot when you think about how little they have been used recently. When I saw the headline I thought, “Another one!?”

      • KCMikeG

        True but with the flexibility these guys offer they aren’t really the pro typical FB. They all have the ability to play TE or LB or DE which is great versatility should injury occur plus they all could be on the roster if they excel at ST play.

        • Darkwolf1414

          Yeah, I kind of mentioned that train of thought in another comment. I think the Eagles use more of an H-back than a true FB, which makes sense for the Chiefs to do the same now that Reid is here. Plus, as you said, the ability to play on both sides of the ball helps. If you have a guy who can play FB/TE/LB then it opens up possibilities to carry an extra player at another position.

  • BigGil

    Likely camp fodder, but, though in general terms FB is no longer a key cog in the NFL, the way they seem to be devoting themselves to getting the best one possible, I can’t help but think that Reid wants to use one a little more heavily than we’ve seen in recent years. If we could find the next TRich or Alstott and bring the FB position back into prominence, that would be awesome… and exciting to see again…

  • chiefdeorty

    I am not sure what they are doing. What ever they are doing there is a reason for it. I look forward to the season. GO CHIEFS!

  • Billie Cabral

    * Ksu * Braden Wilson