DeMarco Murray and former Cowboys fullback Tony Fiammetta were obviously on the same page last year.
But it will take until training camp at the earliest before Murray can try to do the same with new fullback Lawrence Vickers, says running backs coach Skip Peete.
“The majority of the running game comes from your feel with that person in a live setting, so we’ve got to wait and see what it’s like in training camp when we get in our inside run period, where we’re actually full speed against our defense and see how they both respond and react to whatever the defense presents to us,” Peete said after an OTA practice this week at Valley Ranch.
Vickers is a physical fullback. Fiammetta had more athleticism.
“It seems like he rooted guys out,” Peete said of Vickers, who has blocked for four 1,000-yard rushers. Last year, with the Houston Texans last year, he blocked for Arian Foster. “I would say the old-school, throwback-type fullback where he was get-in-your-face and try to crush your face-type blocker.”
“Fiammetta was not that,” Peete said. “He was good. Fiammetta would face you up, block you, dig you out. Very athletic. Probably a bit more athletic than Lawrence, but I think Lawrence at the point of attack is a little bit more explosive and more powerful than Tony was.”