Have Cards Broughton in a fullback?

Posted by Darren Urban on May 26, 2010 – 4:41 pm

In the Kurt Warner years, a fullback wasn’t featured much of the time on offense, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t used. (I have to say, I had a soft spot in my heart for old I-45 a couple years ago — Terrelle Smith). Smith was gone in 2009, opening the spot for another veteran Dan Kreider. Krieder too is gone and the Cards are searching for his replacement.

They may have added him while Kreider was still on the roster. The team signed Nehemiah Broughton in January off the practice squad of the New York Giants, right after the regular season ended but while the Cards were still practicing (and would be for another two weeks). That was good enough to convince the Cards to keep him around.

“It’s a position that is hard to find guys,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “Nehemiah has good size (at 6-foot, 255 pounds) and is very athletic. He came in and worked hard for us. I am excited to see how he develops because obviously, it’s a position where we need someone to do it. You are looking for someone to step up and he’s got a little bit of a leg up because of the work he did with us last season.”

Right now, fullback is one of the positions difficult to evaluate. That spot hits, and no one is hitting in shorts. Whisenhunt said the goal-line drills in Flagstaff are one of the proving grounds for those players. “I would like to see what happens in games, what happens in training camp when the pads go on,” Whisenhunt said

Broughton took almost all the reps in minicamp because Reagan Maui’a was hurt. Afterward, the Cards also brought in Charles Ali, who had been with the Browns most recently. The Cardinals figure to need a quality fullback, given the retirement of Kurt Warner and the assumed increase in the running game.

“I just want to play football and make this ballclub,” Broughton said. “Coaches make those decisions. … But I am very confident in my abilities.”

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17 Responses to “Have Cards Broughton in a fullback?”

  1. By James Wine on May 26, 2010 | Reply

    I like the ethic he brings.

  2. By Ditship on May 26, 2010 | Reply

    I was a big T.Smith fan as well.. He has so much personality and seems to have a lot of passion for the game.. I hope one of these guys comes in and stakes his claim. It’s obviously wide open.

  3. By cardattac on May 26, 2010 | Reply

    I like Ali. That dude is huge and athletic. He should be a good fit.

  4. By Chris B on May 26, 2010 | Reply

    How do you pronounce Reagan Maui’a’s last name?

  5. By darrenurban on May 26, 2010 | Reply

    Chris B —

    I believe it’s Mowie-ah, but I’d have to check.

  6. By Brandon on May 26, 2010 | Reply

    Bring back Terelle

  7. By ReoHays on May 26, 2010 | Reply

    Bring back Larry Centers!

  8. By Skiptim on May 27, 2010 | Reply

    Darren, you should have said “brought in”. Also, you forgot a space.

  9. By darrenurban on May 27, 2010 | Reply

    Skiptim —

    I’ll assume sarcasm there.

  10. By brazilian fan on May 27, 2010 | Reply

    darren, I read a story around the web which said that “coach Miller had found out that Leinart was right-handed” O_O… wtf… but, anyway, who goes for 4th receiver and 5th receivers to make the team?

  11. By darrenurban on May 27, 2010 | Reply

    Brazilian —

    Way too early to tell.

  12. By AndyStandsUp on May 27, 2010 | Reply

    Wearing Edge’s old number, eh? Hopefully, he get at least half the YPC that James got.
    With Broughton and Andre Roberts coming from the Citadel 3 years apart, did they know each other? Did Nehemiah help recruit Roberts?

  13. By darrenurban on May 27, 2010 | Reply

    AndyStands —

    I’ll have the Citadel story later today.

  14. By Skiptim on May 27, 2010 | Reply

    Good thinking. I’ve been infrequent on that lately and had to go with the obvious one here.

  15. By rOB on May 27, 2010 | Reply

    You really like your puns don’t ya…..

  16. By darrenurban on May 27, 2010 | Reply

    rOB —

    I am who I am.

  17. By shannonrobinson on May 27, 2010 | Reply

    The team goes to camp with three full offensive lines and three fullbacks. Ali, Broughton, and Maui’a are very different and all three look powerful. I-45 was quick and hit hard – sometimes he missed the hole, but he was a great fullback. Kreider never missed the hole and never missed his man – and it just looked like he was out of gas through injury at the end of the season after he gave his all. I’m always partial to Polynesians and I remember last pre-season, Maui’a was lighting people up. Mr. Graves had enough confidence in Broughton and Maui’a that they didn’t spend a draft choice on the position. I think we can get ready for Beanie Ball.

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