There have been multiple times over the past few seasons that the Dallas Cowboys have tossed around the idea of not holding a fullback on the roster, but instead going with all tight ends. This year though, this shouldn’t even be a question. The reason? His name is J.C. Copeland.
Copeland has shown he’s a complete beast on the field. He’s aggressive, he doesn’t slow down and he’d be an excellent motivator for this offense. While Copeland has a weight that goes somewhere between 250 and 290, we saw him run a 4.95 40 yard dash at the NFL combine. Having him blocking in front of you is something that Tony Romo and specifically DeMarco Murray should absolutely be excited about.
Murray has shown the ability to average over five yards per carry with a mediocre offensive line, but with Copeland and first round pick Zack Martin, who knows what his upside could look like in 2014? He has to be champing at the bit to work with Copeland and is probably one of the people pushing the hardest for Copeland to be a starter for this team in 2014.
When Copeland originally committed to the Tennessee Volunteers, he was a defensive end. A year later he transferred to the LSU Tigers where they made him a fullback. This was an incredibly good decision, as he had an impact as a fullback his junior and senior year, and now comes into his time with the Cowboys as one of the more intriguing players on the roster.
Here’s hoping the Cowboys make the right call and go with Copeland as their fullback instead of going all in on tight ends again.