9. Rod Smith (2015 – pres. )
Some running backs blur the lines between what separates fullbacks from halfbacks. For this exercise, we will just count who we want.
Rod Smith came to the Cowboys in 2015 after the Seattle Seahawks let him go. He was used primarily on special teams for his first two years in Dallas.
Then in 2017, he saw his role expand. With Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension, Smith saw his playing time become more hands on. Smith gained 232 yards with four touchdowns in 2017. He proved himself a worthy back.
This is one of several players that creates an argument for what constitutes a fullback. The term “fullback” was originally intended for the player furthest behind the offensive formation. Early fullbacks were used for just about everything from rushing to punting. As the game evolved, the fullback’s role changed to be more blocking based. Still, a fullback can be used to describe just about any player. Could Tom Brady be a fullback?
Rod Smith is for sure any player, so he is a fullback at least for one more day on this article along with any other borderline fullbacks that might appear here.
As we look to 2018, we could see Smith assume some of the traditional fullback duties return to him. Keith Smith has departed in free agency and roster spots are at a premium, so Smith may be asked to serve both as a halfback as well as a fullback.