HC Ron Rivera insists Mike Tolbert will play fullback for the Panthers
“If you look at what happened last year with our offense, we didn’t have a pure, true fullback in terms of a guy that has the ability to not just block, but go out into the routes, run the flat route and catch the ball, run the pivot route and catch the ball, pass protect on a consistent basis,” Rivera said.
“Everybody keeps saying he’s a tailback. But he’s a fullback to us. Because again, we saw how we had used him in San Diego. We just thought this is a guy we’d love to have. ... If you can put an athletic, play-making fullback there, I think it helps you.”
There's no way around it -- barring a trade, Tolbert's arrival hurts the value of DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Tolbert himself.