Ozzie Newsome pulled a masterful move in signing Vonta Leach, fullback (a.k.a “The Texas, now Baltimore Hammer”) who was sought after by at least four other teams. Did someone take a pay cut to make room for the signing? In the meantime, let’s focus on Leach as a fullback. Last year Leach had a Pro Bowl season blocking for Arian Foster, the league’s leading rusher.
We pose the question to our Ravens Gab columnists: Do you consider Vonta Leach an upgrade to the fullback position?
Matt Jergensen: Player Analyst/Columnist
It’s hard to say if he’s a true upgrade but he does bring more traditional skills to the fullback position. Leach is a wrecking ball more in line with backs Baltimore has had in the past like Lorenzo Neal and Sam Gash. I am interested in the possibility that Le’Ron McClain could still be back to take Willis McGahee’s role as the second running back and goal line vulture. Very interesting.
Gene Winner: Draft Analyst/Columnist
“I had always felt McClain was better suited to be a power running back then a fullback and he proved it running behind Lorenzo Neal. Still, as a fullback McClain brings versatility and he is a darn good blocker. But in terms of a pure fullback, Leach has the edge over McClain. Considering the offense struggled mightily in short yardage last year, Leach will be a welcomed sight. There’s a reason Leach was sought after by quite a few teams, he brings experience and the ability to open up some holes in the running game.”
Jonathan Scruggs: Legal Analyst/Columnist:
“As much as I’ve always liked and respected Le’Ron McClain, Vonta Leach is a sideways upgrade at the fullback position. Although both are undeniably talented backs, Leach fills the more traditional role that Lorenzo Neal fielded two seasons ago. Although I love the way Le’Ron runs, and I’d really like to keep him as a second running back if possible, there’s no denying how much better Ray Rice was when allowed to run behind a big fearless monster fullback.”