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keyser
07-29-2011, 06:23 PM
Never mind - turned out to be a typo or something at the ESPN website.

michaelm
07-29-2011, 06:26 PM
Somehow I missed this, but ESPN lists (http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/fa?&action=upsell&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fnfl %2ffa) the Texans as having signed Brian Leonard. I know nothing about him other than that he didn't seem to play last year, and played only off-and-on in previous years. Possibly a FB?

Can someone provide more info?


The profile on the list you linked shows him as RB from Cincy.
http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/stats/_/id/10496/brian-leonard

Texas T
07-29-2011, 06:27 PM
Why??? Doesn't seem real impressive...did he play TE in college by any chance??

Astew10112
07-29-2011, 06:29 PM
He was a great FB for Ray Rice at Rutgers. Solid pick up.

The Pencil Neck
07-29-2011, 06:31 PM
Brian Leonard?! Excellent! He's a really solid player. There was discussion about whether he should be considered a FB or a RB when he was coming out.

mussop
07-29-2011, 06:35 PM
Get ready for some wet panty post if we really signed him. When he was coming out of college there were some on here in love with this guy. :smooch:

Rey
07-29-2011, 06:35 PM
I liked him in college.

Is this the most fbs we've ever brought in?

I'm thinking vonta is probably gone.

JWarren14
07-29-2011, 06:36 PM
LaConfora says he re-signed with Bengals....

281
07-29-2011, 06:36 PM
nice pickup if true!!!

Doppelganger
07-29-2011, 06:37 PM
LaConfora says he re-signed with Bengals....

Can't get EVERY bengal :)

CloakNNNdagger
07-29-2011, 06:37 PM
Found one of his old draft profiles. Looks more like a load of an RB. But maybe they are thinking that with a few extra pounds, he could be a load of a FB, while carry the loaf when called upon and catching out of the backfield when called upon.

Brian Leonard is a rare playmaker at fullback. He is a fantastic runner, and has a lot more natural running ability than most fullbacks. For a fullback, he shows very good speed and athleticism and is not just a short yardage runner. He is a load in those situations though, showing the ability to drag defenders and fight for extra yardage. Heís also an excellent receiver out of the backfield. He is a legitimate weapon with the ball in his hands, as a runner and receiver. Leonard is also a touchdown machine. He just has a nose for the end zone. He has 40 touchdowns in just three seasons at Rutgers.

Leonard is a bit of a RB/FB tweener. His skills are more suited to being an offensive weapon than a true lead blocker. He can block, itís just not his best trait. Although he timed well, he lacks the speed to be a true lead back at the next level, so he definitely has to play the fullback position. He lost some weight in order to impress people with his speed at the combine, but he will need to get back over 230 to effectively play the FB position.

While fullbacks have not been too popular of late, Leonard is a legitimate weapon that someone will be very happy to have in their offense. He will need to get with a coach thatís willing to utilize his talents, but Leonard has the ability to be a pro bowl fullback at the next level link (http://www.footballsfuture.com/2007/prospects/brian_leonard.html)

keyser
07-29-2011, 06:38 PM
LaConfora says he re-signed with Bengals....

I wonder if someone on the ESPN website just messed up entering the info. I was surprised we hadn't heard of this before.

If he's a FB, and if the Texans really signed him, I take it as even more of a sign that Leach is leaving.

CloakNNNdagger
07-29-2011, 06:40 PM
Bengals Ink Running Back Brian Leonard To A Two-Year Deal http://www.cincyjungle.com/2011/7/29/2302861/bengals-ink-running-back-brian-leonard-to-a-two-year-deal

The Pencil Neck
07-29-2011, 06:42 PM
I would have been ecstatic for this. But of course, it's just a typo. Ah, well.

76Texan
07-29-2011, 06:43 PM
A very good college FB, but is too small to play the position in the NFL
Not fast and agile enough to play RB.
He has good hands and can catch the ball out of the backfield.
He can be used in the hybrid Jameel Cook/Casey mold.

I used to love to watch him and Ray Rice when they were at Rutgers!

keyser
07-29-2011, 06:44 PM
Gahh. Sorry to get everyone's hopes up... I'd better edit that first post.

76Texan
07-29-2011, 06:44 PM
Bengals Ink Running Back Brian Leonard To A Two-Year Deal http://www.cincyjungle.com/2011/7/29/2302861/bengals-ink-running-back-brian-leonard-to-a-two-year-deal

Never mind, LOL!

TEXANRED
07-29-2011, 06:51 PM
I'd rather have Leach the human battering ram.

SteveSlaton20
07-29-2011, 07:08 PM
iirc when we played the bengals he was the FB, not RB.