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Could Donovan be used as a Fullback?

By: Michael J. Cheal

After his recent contract adjustments, giving him another big raise, it’s guaranteed McNabb will still be in Philly at least two more years. The question is will the Eagles organization still keep him after that? Many Eagles fans, including myself at times, have been critical of his performance and seemingly lack of motivation on the field.

Then the attention would probably shift to Kevin Kolb. After two years, he still hasn’t proven himself to me, but he hasn’t had enough playing time. The wind is still variable about him. If they do decide to go with Kevin Kolb, then what should happen to Donovan? Should we get rid of him?

In my own personal opinion, if Banner, Reid, and Lurie decide it’s time for a change in quarterback, then I have my own opinion of what should be done with Donovan. We shouldn’t let him go. He would still be a valuable asset to the team, not as a quarterback, but a fullback.

His rushing statistics since 1999 are as follows:

536 attempts: 3109 yards with 5.8 yards a rush average and 26 touchdowns.

He leads the league in quarterbacks rushing from scrimmage from 1999-2008, and has broken long runs in the past against defenses. He proved last season that he can still run for a huge gain when he has to. He certainly has the build for a fullback. I’ve said in recent months, he needs to bulk down a bit. If he converts to a fullback, he won’t have to. He could stay at the build he is now.

If he can just stay healthy and avoid injuries, I believe this is what could await Donovan in the future. The most recent successful conversion in the NFL was Troy Brown in New England. He played wide receiver, safety, and a punt returner. So, it can be done.

Of course, it’s the organization’s final decision. If they decide to make Kevin Kolb the starter in two years, they should keep McNabb as a fullback. I think it would be very interesting to see.

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