Bills FB Corey McIntyre Does The Grunt Work Well

KANSAS CITY MO - OCTOBER 31: Running back Corey McIntyre #38 of the Buffalo Bills wears a mouthguard in the shape of vampire fangs during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on October 31 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

We've only covered six of the 11 games planned for our Buffalo Bills re-watch to this point, but behind the scenes, I have already reviewed all but two of those contests. On a slow, locked-out June Sunday, I thought I'd take the opportunity to talk about a couple of players that caught my eye during the re-watch, but wouldn't necessarily get a lot of discussion otherwise.

I'll freely admit that fullback Corey McIntyre is one of my favorite players on the team. It's probably a bit corny of me, but I'm a sucker for the no-nonsense, no-glory grunts that make up the back end of a football roster. McIntyre is a big guy that does a lot of different things for the Bills, and has an almost unrivaled level of physicality to his game amongst his teammates.

As a fullback, Chan Gailey didn't utilize him much, and naturally when he did, it was in a blocking capacity. McIntyre missed a few assignments here and there, and sometimes struggled to sustain blocks at the second level. However, in general, he was very good not just as a lead blocker in the running game, but as a back that chipped ends in pass protection. His role is not glamorous, but it is vital - and in retrospect, Buffalo's re-signing of McIntyre last summer was a very smart move.

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