With the recent release of Dwayne Wright, the backup fullback spot was left open and unclaimed. Someone had to fill the role in today’s Training Camp practices, however, and it was 6th-round Draft pick Charles Scottthat did so. While the fact that Scott was given the opportunity at the FB position is far from surprising, seeing that he played there early in his college football career and is among the team’s largest runners, his additional duties are interesting because of the competition he faces at his natural position, running back.
“I’ll do anything. I’m trying to find where I can help the Eagles win so wherever that may be, that’s what I’m going to do," the 238-pound back said. "I’ve always been kind of a hybrid, able to do both. So it was nothing new, just a different level, different terminology.” Prior to starring as LSU’s featured running back and garnering national recognition as a unique combination of power and agility, Scott spent time as a reserve fullback and helped block for collegiate teammates.
While the team would probably not keep Scott (pictured) on the roster for the sole purpose of having him as the No. 2 fullback, simply because NFL teams rarely keep more than one and Pro-Bowler Leonard Weaver is a more-than-sufficient starter, the diversity of Scott’s role within the offense definitely boosts his chances of making the team. After all, he is far from a lock to enter his first professional season as a member of the Eagles’ squad, seeing that the hard-nosed Eldra Buckley, former Canadian Football League standout Martell Mallett, and trade acquisition J.J. Arrington are all in competition for the third running back spot, with the young LeSean McCoy and restricted free agent signing Mike Bell set at No. 1 and No. 2.
“A lot of people say the more you can do, the better off you are,” Scott said, “so I’m just trying to do all I can and to show them that I have the versatility and that I have a lot of different skills. When you’re learning running back, you have no choice but to kind of learn fullback in a sense. When you actually get in the full learning of [fullback], it’s almost like you’re hearing it for the third time. It’s nothing new. It’s all the same thing, just a different position. The play’s flipped, just a different route. So you have to just kind of focus in and realize when you’re at running back or you’re at fullback. That’s the biggest thing, trying not to get confused between the different positions…I love being able to play both. It’s a great move.”