Dallas Cowboys 2014 Training Camp Profile: J.C. Copeland
The fullback position is falling out of flavor in the NFL. Instead of being your traditional extra blocker in the running game, fullbacks are starting to line up as H-backs. J.C. Copeland out of LSU is the exact opposite of today’s NFL type of fullback. Copeland is a bowling ball and he could be a fan favorite on an offense as an extra blocker.
The Dallas Cowboys took a flier on Copeland in the undrafted free agent process and the LSU product could make an impact for DeMarco Murray in the running game as soon as next year. Tony Fiametta was the last fullback the Cowboys really utilized in their offense, but the presence of Copeland would make this running game one to be reckoned with. At 5-foot-11, 275 pounds, Copeland stays low to the ground and he uses his weight to his advantage at moving smaller linebackers backwards.
Tyler Clutts is Dallas’ current fullback, but it is safe to say that Copeland has more upside than Clutts. That being said, the Cowboys will likely sign Copeland. New offensive coordinator Scott Linehan has said that the Cowboys will lean on the running game next season. By having an offensive line with Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin, the running game will already be in good shape. But with a player like Copeland leading the way, Murray is in for a big year in his contract season.
I said earlier how Copeland is going to be a fan favorite in Dallas. Copeland came out of high school as one of the best defensive tackles in the country. B.J. Raji, a nose tackle for the Green Bay Packers, lines up as fullback all the time when the Packers are in the red-zone. Copeland is a mean player and he isn’t afraid to lay the lumber. It will be fun to watch a player like Copeland line up in the backfield next year.