After writing my final grade on DeMarco Murray yesterday, I turn to today to start writing about the guy that blocked in front of him. While he was a late-season addition to the Dallas Cowboys, Clutts did a good job blocking for Murray even though they didn’t have a lot of chemistry.
The fullback position is really falling out of style in today’s NFL. But in my opinion, I still believe that having a tough fullback is important to a team’s offense. For example, the Seattle Seahawks have two fullbacks on their roster in Michael Robinson and Derrick Coleman. Both have big impacts on offense and especially on special teams.
It would be unfair to judge Clutts on his stats considering he only had one catch on the year, and he fumbled that one. In my opinion, Murray thrives best when he has a guy blocking in front of him. Think back to his time with Tony Fiametta, the two were becoming a dynamic force until Fiametta had a freak injury. As long as Clutts opens holes for Murray, there is no reason why the Cowboys shouldn’t keep Clutts around in Dallas.
Final Grade: A-
With the ability to protect the quarterback and create space for Murray, Clutts is a nice player for the Cowboys. He also is on the league minimum, so having Clutts really has no effect on their salary cap.
To check out my previous piece in the “A Season In Review” series, check out my article on DeMarco Murray here.