Buffalo Bills fullback Corey McIntyre got a lot of mention this offseason as a possible roster cut. His ineffectiveness as a lead blocker and runner was the most commonly used arguments against him. While capable on special teams, many did not feel his value on those units outweighed his lack of offensive punch.
Against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, McIntyre notched the first touchdown of his six-year career on a one-yard plunge, giving the Bills the lead early in the fourth quarter. Prior to last season, the big fullback had never even carried the ball. This year, he has three rushes for four yards and that touchdown to go along with five carries for 34 yards a year ago. That stat line might look sparse until you note that each one of his carries have resulted in a first down or a touchdown for the Bills offense this season.
McIntyre's biggest offensive impact to date has come in the passing game. Prior to joining the Bills in 2008, McIntyre had just one catch. In the time since, he has caught 11 balls for 64 yards.
As a lead blocker, McIntyre is still hit or miss, but the role he was signed for - and why he still maintains a job - is special teams. Through eight games, McIntyre has already equaled his career-high of ten special teams tackles. It is this role that earned McIntyre his two-year contract extension in September.