News: Falcons rookie fullback Bradie Ewing has a torn ACL and will likely miss the 2012 season, the team announced Friday. Ewing was injured during a special teams play in the first half of their preseason opener against the Ravens. He was placed on injured reserve.
Analysis: This was a tough blow for the rookie who was battling with Mike Cox for the starting fullback position. It will take him some time to recover and he won't be available until the 2013 season. Ewing would have been responsible for opening up holes for Michael Turner and would not have been in line for many carries this season. Fullbacks typically don't belong on Fantasy rosters, even when healthy.
News: The Falcons released fullback Ovie Mughelli on Tuesday, according to a team source. Mughelli, who was slated to make $3 million, was placed on injured reserve last season after a knee injury and the team drafted fullback Bradie Ewing in the fifth round of last month's draft. Ewing and Mike Cox will battle for the starting fullback position.
Analysis: Mughelli was responsible for popping open holes for Michael Turner but was never a big stat producer. Cox and Ewing won't put up a lot of stats either. Fullbacks typically don't belong on Fantasy rosters.
News: The Falcons chose Wisconsin fullback Bradie Ewing in the fifth round of the NFL draft. Ewing is an intelligent, hard-working back who started his college career as a running back then moved to fullback. According to The Sports Xchange, Ewing registered 30 touchdown-resulting blocks in college, and that's an area the Falcons need to get better in.
Analysis: Ewing may or may not start for the Falcons depending on what happens with incumbent starting fullback Ovie Mughelli, but he's not expected to put up many stats anyway. Leave him off rosters.