Green Bay Packers rookie free agent fullback Jonathan Amosa is competing at two positions: fullback and tight end.
Even though Amosa does not play tight end, the Packers often deploy tight ends in their offensive formations, much the way “true” fullbacks are used, by way of pre-snap shifting. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has made no secret of his affinity for tight ends and GM Ted Thompson seems to agree; keeping more than the typical three tight ends on the Packers’ roster each of the past few seasons.
This plethora of tight end talent comes at the expense of the fullback position, a disappearing role on NFL rosters. Veteran Packers fullback John Kuhn has established himself as a reliable third-down blocker and safety valve for quarterback Aaron Rodgers. He is something of a fan/cult favorite as well. The Packers figure to keep probably only one fullback on the team, given their abundance of running backs and tight ends.
Jonathan Amosa fast facts:
Size: 5-foot-11, 247 pounds
College: University of Washington
Jersey: No. 48
Bio: Jonathan Amosa played in 24 games over his final two seasons with Washington after joining as a walk-on in 2008. As a senior in 2012, he appeared in all 13 of Washington’s games and caught two passes for 19 yards. As a junior, Amosa played in 11 games and caught one seven-yard touchdown pass. He is originally from Seattle, Wash.
Chances of making the Packers roster: Not good — Incumbent Kuhn has entrenched himself as a reliable, versatile member of the Packers’ backfield.
Practice squad eligible: Yes.