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Bears give 295-pound Henry Melton practice time at fullback

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Henry Melton is a 6-foot-3, 295-pound defensive tackle for the Bears, but he started his college career at Texas as a running back, and now he may be moving back there — at least some of the time.

Melton told the Chicago Tribune at Wednesday’s Organized Team Activities that he’s been spending some of his time working with the offense, and he may line up in the backfield in short-yardage situations this season.

I have some experience playing running back. [They’re] trying to bring me back, play some fullback a little bit,” Melton said. “We’ll see how it goes. I’ve got to go the right way first. We’ll get a hold of that. Hopefully you might see me a little bit on offense.”

Several teams have lined up defensive linemen in the offensive backfield, and the most famous example also came in Chicago, when William “The Refrigerator” Perry became a star during the Super Bowl-winning 1985 season. But Perry in the backfield was just a gimmick. Melton has legitimate experience playing the position, carrying 132 times for 625 yards and 16 touchdowns in two seasons as a backup running back for the Longhorns before the coaches moved him to defense.

“I played a little bit,” Melton said. “Trying to bring it back, see what I’ve got left. It’s fun. I’m trying to perfect my craft at defensive tackle. But it’s a fun switch-up. Any way I can help.”

It’s easy to see how an explosive 295-pounder who has experience at fullback could help the Bears’ offense.

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14 Responses to “Bears give 295-pound Henry Melton practice time at fullback”
  1. joetoronto says: Jun 7, 2012 1:03 PM

    The Fridge, 2.0?

  2. datd00d says: Jun 7, 2012 1:08 PM

    Fullbacks are being phased out of the game because they do nothing for the passing game and allow the defense to put more guys in the box.

    Regardless of this guy’s experience at RB, he’ll be nothing more than a 2-3 yard, short-yardage rusher. Doesn’t differ a whole lot from the 1985 Bear’s use of Fridge Perry as a “gimmick”.

  3. marvsleezy says: Jun 7, 2012 1:08 PM

    Im bringing out 9 offensive linemen in short yardage. 4 of them will lineup as tackle eligible out at the wide receiver position.

    Then the running back shifts out behind them for a screen. This would work well with a running QB to add that option in there as well.

    The D would have expected a short inside run play- So they would have only the big guys out there to match up.

  4. bearsrulepackdrool says: Jun 7, 2012 1:23 PM

    Several teams have lined up defensive linemen in the offensive backfield, and the most famous example also came in Chicago, when William “The Refrigerator” Perry became a star during the Super Bowl-winning 1985 season.


    Yea everyone outside of Chicago remembers that as Perry’s staring moment.

    People from Chicago remember that as the moment “Sweetness” got robbed.

  5. itsmebobd says: Jun 7, 2012 1:28 PM

    cool! I’d rather have a fast oversized FB than a fast undersized one. Like my bengals, love chris pressley but he is too small

  6. thevza says: Jun 7, 2012 1:30 PM

    Matt Forte, hurry up and sign that contract! Your replacement is here and he wears #69.

  7. nokoolaidcowboy says: Jun 7, 2012 1:37 PM

    Trying for that lightening strike again? There was only 1 “Fridge”.

  8. cardiovascularendurance says: Jun 7, 2012 1:52 PM

    I wouldn’t really call a play that resulted in a TD at the Super Bowl a “gimmick.”

  9. rajbais says: Jun 7, 2012 1:56 PM

    He played running back before converting to defensive end in college. Why are people surprised by this???

  10. sportsguygerald says: Jun 7, 2012 2:10 PM

    Melton was a successful RB in high school at 275 pounds. Texas recruited him as a RB He wasn’t a gimmick like Perry. He was able to run outside and had decent moves. I would classify him more as a “Bus” than a “Refrigerator”, but DL is still his calling.

  11. scottpavek says: Jun 7, 2012 2:25 PM

    Huge UT fan, loved Melton as a RB, wish the coaches let him develop there. Definitely rooting for him to get some carries this season.

  12. mike5011ad says: Jun 7, 2012 2:49 PM


    You have 6 guys in the backfield, which is an illegal formation…try again

  13. granadafan says: Jun 7, 2012 3:57 PM

    If only Melton could throw a little, then he could be a backup QB for the Jets.

  14. zo121179 says: Jun 7, 2012 5:37 PM

    If anything on offence how about left or right tackle? No no no, that would make too much sense. That’s exactly what we need, another 3 play a game fullback.

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