It looked as though the Bills were going to go a different direction at fullback after training camp. As it turns out, that is not the case after all, not now that Jerome Felton is expected to return to the team.
The Bills are getting set to re-sign Felton after releasing him out of training camp, according to Ian Rapoport for NFL.com.
Initially, it appeared as though rookie Glenn Gronkowski might’ve won the competition between the two in camp, but it appears now that was never actually the case. More likely, the Bills always felt Felton is the better option between the two, but by releasing him and waiting until after Week 1 to re-sign the ninth-year veteran, his contract is not guaranteed.
As a result, Gronkowski has been released. He played in the Bills’ opening day loss to the Ravens, but did not record a touch or target.
Last season was Felton’s first with the Bills, carrying one time and catching one football while appearing in all 16 games. Clearly, the fullback has one job in Buffalo, and that is to clear the way as a lead blocker, but it just happens to be a role Felton excels in, once going to the Pro Bowl with the Vikings in 2012.
Sure, creating a path for Adrian Peterson is probably one of the easier jobs in the NFL. Of course, doing the same thing for LeSean McCoy probably isn’t too far behind.