Bad news out of Flowery Branch and the Atlanta Falcons. In his first NFL game action, rookie fullback Bradie Ewing, projected by many to be the starter (if fullbacks even start anymore in the NFL) for the 2012 Atlanta Falcons. Ewing was in on a special teams play when he suffered a knee injury that head coach Mike Smith declared would keep Ewing out for the entire season.
This is certainly not good news, as the Falcons need all of the blocking they can get, especially when trying to convert short yardage situations. The Falcons drafted Ewing with the express purpose of being able to convert those short yardage situations, especially with running downs.
We have to now face reality, and reality is that the job is certainly in the hands of Mike Cox. He was the fullback last year, and he took over when Ovie Mughelli went down with an injury. Cox isn’t a huge blocker, and he isn’t overwhelmingly good at finding the right person to block, but there’s no doubt he’s serviceable. That’s not just me blowing smoke; serviceable in this case is being generous. I don’t expect the Falcons to use the fullback extensively anyways, but not having a very good one at disposal could be a problem.