Bubble Watch: Tony Fiammetta

(Continuing a month-long series analyzing players who are on the roster bubble and where they may potentially fit in 2012.)

NAME: Tony Fiammetta

POSITION: Fullback

AGE: 25

2011 STATS: 10 games (6 starts), 4 rushes (4 yards), 3 catches (39 yards) -- with Cowboys

INJURY STATUS: No known injuries


WHY HE SHOULD MAKE IT: Known as a strong blocking fullback, Fiammetta will have to earn a role in New England by doing more than just that. An equally important battle in training camp for the former Cowboys lead blocker will be to earn a role on special teams units. The Patriots could use a fullback more than they have in the past in 2012, but most likely not enough to justify a roster spot for a player who is only an adept blocker.

WHY HE SHOULD NOT MAKE IT: Fiammetta is a role player trying to earn a spot where they may be only a marginal role in the offense, lowering his odds of making the roster from the start. Complicating his path will be fullback Spencer Larsen, who in organized team activities was part of the top kickoff return unit. A larger role on special teams will give Larsen the inside track over Fiammetta if the two players can offer similar production as runners, blockers, and pass-catchers on offense.

CLOSEST COMPETITION: FB Spencer Larsen, FB Eric Kettani