Can Another Deon Shine in Dallas?

Can Another Deon Shine in Dallas?

Earlier this week, the Cowboys re-signed fullback Lousaka Polite. Apparently the position plays a greater role in new offensive coordinator Jason Garrett's scheme, as the team traded up to get Connecticut fullback Deon Anderson (5'10", 243, 4.73) in the sixth round.

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Fill in your own punchline about the Cowboys finally having a player named Deon who likes to hit, but if nothing else, it's clear that he loves the game.

Anderson left UConn after his junior year and returned as a walk-on for his senior season with the Huskies. According to one report on scout.com, "…the reason Anderson left the team was never made clear, though disciplinary issues were a cause for speculation."

Another published report says he has "run afoul of the law on a couple of occasions, including disorderly conduct."

Whatever the reason, Anderson is a willing (if not yet fully polished) blocker who works equally hard in the weight room and on the field. He has good size and immense strength, and plays with a considerable mean streak – he's the type of fullback who looks for players to hit, rather than just getting in a defender's way.

Anderson is not thought of as a viable running threat – when he gets the ball in his hands, he's pretty much going to be headed in a straight line. But he has shown good hands as a receiver out of the backfield, offering a legitimate safety valve for Tony Romo if the pocket collapses.

At this point, Anderson offers potential.

He loves to hit and will improve his blocking as he refines his technique. But before he locks up a spot on the Dallas roster, he will have to show head coach Wade Phillips and his staff how much he has improved on and off the field.

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