Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star
Published 5: 15 p.m. ET April 11, 2020 | Updated 5: 39 p.m. ET April 11, 2020CLOSE
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USA TODAYA punishing Indianapolis Colts working game has added yet every other hammer, a blunt power instrument to blow birth holes in front of Marlon Mack, the first Indianapolis working reduction to interrupt the 1,000-yard barrier since Frank Gore in 2016.The Colts are signing fashioned Pittsburgh Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix, a league source told IndyStar, bringing reduction a side of the 2018 offense that wasn’t as prevalent in 2019.Nix, a collegiate defensive discontinue who spent a season in the Arena Football League forward of earning a eternal position in Pittsburgh, is portion of a uncommon breed in the NFL on the brand new time: A fullback who does most of his work as a blocker.The 5-foot-11, 248-pound Nix spent five seasons in Pittsburgh and played 575 offensive snaps for the Steelers, nonetheless he incessantly touched the ball, carrying the ball appropriate four times and making 12 receptions, in no blueprint better than four in a season.But there is precedent for a lead blocker savor that in Frank Reich’s offense. Abet in 2018, the Colts signed fashioned Bengals tight discontinue Ryan Hewitt after final roster cuts and mature him mostly as a fullback. Hewitt played 182 snaps for the Colts offense that season and touched the ball most productive once, a 1-yard touchdown clutch in the typical-season finale.NFL DRAFT: Dolphins, Giants amongst teams with most at stakeOPINION: No substandard blood. It change into once appropriate time for Brady to recede PatriotsThe the relaxation of the time, Hewitt change into once a avenue-grader.With out a player savor Hewitt on the roster last season, Indianapolis mature the “fullback” space much less, even as a Mack-led working game grew to change into the first Colts group to speed for better than 2,000 yards in a season since 1994. Without a “fullback” on the roster, the tight discontinue space has dealt with the position and change into once given 1,612 offensive snaps in 2018; the number dropped to 1,513 in 2019 no topic the Colts’ dedication to the speed game.Nix opens some of these alternatives up, adding a Hewitt-kind player reduction to the offense, offered that the fashioned Steelers fullback is healthy after lacking almost the total season as a consequence of a knee anxiousness last 300 and sixty five days. Nix change into once designated to come reduction off injured reserve in slack December, a hallmark that he change into once healthy on the discontinue of the season.As talented a blocker as Nix is, he’s moreover a indispensable addition in the kicking game.Nix change into once a key particular-teamer all through his profession with the Steelers, playing 1,078 snaps in the kicking game and at last earning recognition as Pittsburgh’s particular teams captain last season. In his four paunchy seasons with Pittsburgh from 2015-2018, Nix made 34 tackles on particular teams, compelled two fumbles and blocked a punt.In other words, the Colts added a hammer that will moreover be mature for better than appropriate one job subsequent season.AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Scoot