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Colts RB’s Coach Tom Rathman on Roosevelt Nix’s Arrival: ‘It’ll be good to be coaching a fullback again’

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According to running backs coach Tom Rathman, with the Indianapolis Colts earlier offseason signing of veteran Roosevelt Nix, he’s excited about the opportunity to coach and utilize a fullback again within the offense (via Colts.com’s Andrew Walker):

“Yeah, it’ll be good to be coaching a fullback again; you know, a guy from the backfield,” Rathman said. “And Rosy’s experienced at that, so he’s very knowledgeable about the position. It’s not like we’re bringing in a guy that we have to develop, so it’s really just getting him on the same lingo, language, as we are, and what the techniques and … all the little fundamental detailed stuff that you need to learn from the position. But it’s outstanding to get the two-back operation going again. How much we use it, I don’t know, but at least we’ve got a fullback on our roster who is a really dynamic special team player, so he’s going to improve our special teams also. But we’ll try to utilize him.”

Now, how much the Colts’ coaching staff plans on featuring Nix within the offense is anybody’s guess right now—maybe even the Colts’ coaches too at this point of the offseason.

That being said, Nix figures to be at least a part-time player blocking at fullback and should be utilized situationally in two-back sets—especially in short yardage and goal situations.

His arrival means the Colts can give opposing defenses a variety of more looks offensively—which will in turn, keep them guessing and better off-balance:

If nothing else, Nix should be a valuable special teams contributor, much like any fourth tight end on a depth chart otherwise would be:

However, the former 2017 Pro Bowler at fullback for the Pittsburgh Steelers has the potential for much more with the Colts showcasing his skill-set as a lead blocker in ‘power I-formations’—freeing up space for both last year’s 1000+ yard rusher Marlon Mack and highly touted rookie Jonathan Taylor between the tackles:

At a listed 5’11”, 248 pounds and running with a full head of steam while blocking defenders, Nix’s addition should only help add to the Colts ‘smash mouth identity’ in the ground game—with his physicality, toughness, and punishing playing style:

“That’s how we’re supposed to play the game,” Nix said earlier this offseason. “The game is a tough game. It’s won in between the trenches.”