Wednesday, August 03, 2011

A new fullback for Kansas City

Before this afternoon, former Yale fullback/h-back Shane Bannon's only competition at fullback for the Kansas City Chiefs was Mike Cox, who had four receptions and no rushing attempts in seven games last season. However, that changed when Kansas City signed former Baltimore Ravens fullback La'Ron McClain.

McClain rushed for 902 yards during the 2008 season but was not a featured part of the Baltimore rushing offense in the last two years, carrying the ball 74 times in his last 31 games. He did have 21 receptions in each of the last two seasons and becomes the frontrunner to start at fullback.

It will be interesting to see how this impacts Bannon's role or place on the team. Kansas City is well under the 90-player maximum so no cuts will need to be made.

This is the second time a member of the 2010 Yale team saw a potential starter added at the position they play as Ray Edwards was signed as a free agent by the Atlanta Falcons. One of the defensive ends trying to make the Falcons is undrafted rookie free agent Tom McCarthy.

WILLIAMS TO TAKE PART IN "CHALK TALK"
Yale football coach Tom Williams will be on the panel along with Southern Connecticut's Rich Cavanaugh and Peter Rossomando at the third annual "Chalk Talk" at the Wicked Wolf Tavern (144 Temple Street) on Tuesday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. It will be a day of Williams answering questions about the 2011 Yale squad since the annual Ivy League football coaches teleconference will be held earlier in the day.

Tickets are $10 for Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce members and $20 for non-members. If you are interested in purchasing tickets, click on this link.

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