Question re a player from the 90's

Discussion in ' - Patriots Fan Forum' started by Krugman, May 19, 2006.

  1. Krugman

    Krugman Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job

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    I couldnt remember this guys name,he was a fullback,often used as a tight end,was with the Pats for two years ,I believe,was one of Bledsoe's comfort guys,then was traded to the Eagles.Maybe Kevin Turner??Ring a bell?
  2. AzPatsFan

    AzPatsFan Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    That was his name. His loss to teh Eagles turned the '95 season badly, as he was a reliable check down for Bledsoe and he didn't have one that year.
  3. Krugman

    Krugman Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job

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    Thanks, Az...

    I remember his loss was felt the next year...
  4. PATSNUTme

    PATSNUTme Paranoid Homer Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    Mills is suppose to be a Kevin turner type player. Hopefully, he will be a better blocker.
  5. Pats726

    Pats726 Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

    He was also a tough inside runner...yes..his loss was BIG...Mills may be similar...a great option to have on 3rd downs..
  6. jczxohn1

    jczxohn1 Supporter Supporter

    Yes, it was Kevin Turner, he was replaced by Sam Gash. Best blocking FB in the league, but not as versatile.
    Last edited: May 19, 2006
  7. chris_in_sunnyvale

    chris_in_sunnyvale In the Starting Line-Up

    Turner wasn't a good lead blocker, but he was very good on picking up the blitz. In 1994, every opponent knew Drew would be dropping back to pass on almost every down, yet he was rarely sacked. Turner played a big part in that.

  8. chowder

    chowder On the Game Day Roster

    i remember when we got Keith Byars to play fullback for us too. I'm hoping Mills can play a similar role for us.
  9. JoeSixPat

    JoeSixPat Pro Bowl Player

    Turner was among the last of his kind - not sure if the skills of FBs declined but it became very much a blocking position

    Turner was good for 40-50 catches whereas FBs like Byers and Edwards had maybe half that many... and when BB let Edwards walk (thinking Richie Anderson - a throwback FB of sorts - was on his way here but jilted us for Dallas) it seemed like he fully abandoned the position as an offensive tool - using FB as an extra blocker and/or putting a Defensive player in to block or catch a TD now and then

    Seems like the rest of the league has followed BB's lead making it a blocking position - though again that could be for a lack of talent

    Wouldn't surprise me to see BB redefine the position again at some point - heck maybe one of our TEs is being groomed for just that sort of position
  10. Digger44

    Digger44 2nd Team Getting Their First Start

    Larry Centers has been around a long time. He had a solid career, but not very glorious.
  11. primetime

    primetime Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

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    Turner was great (good inside runner, caught the ball real well), yes, but Byars was the exact opposite of a "traditional" FB. He, like Centers, was more of an H-back (though with more blocking responsibilities).

    Byars caught 81 passes in 1990 and ended his 12 year career with 610 catches. He had only 200 less catches than Jimmy Smith had as a wide receiver in 13 years, and Smith was a number 1 receiver for his whole career, more or less (Centers ended his 13 year career after a year with the Patriots with 827 catches, which is more than Jimmy Smith in the same time span).

    If Mills turns into Turner, I'll be happy. If he turns into Centers or Byars, that's incredible.
    Last edited: May 19, 2006
  12. JoeSixPat

    JoeSixPat Pro Bowl Player

    I'm talking about Byars when he was with the Patriots.... I'll eat my shoe if he ever had 60 receptions, let alone 80.

    He was more like a 25 recption guy - one, maybe 2 passes a game on average

    I'm pretty sure at that point they were plugging Byars in at FB - whether he was a FB or not - that's my point - that the true FB who could run, catch and block became a thing of the past - I don't think the Pats have had anyone near as offensively productive since Kevin Turner at FB and in fact, BB plugs in defensive players at that position on goalline situations
    Last edited: May 20, 2006
  13. Digger44

    Digger44 2nd Team Getting Their First Start

    And who could forget the Keith Byars shuffle? The man did not know how to break out into a flat out run. He just kinda shuffled his feet in small steps and was able to make big plays. If anybody can pull up a video, wath for the shuffle.
  14. primetime

    primetime Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

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    You're right, though the Pats signed him midseason (and he only played one season before shuffling off to the Jets for a couple years). He was an instrumental piece in that playoff run though.

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