Fullback Clutts earning roster spot

IRVING, Texas -- It's fair to wonder, at times, if 29-year-old fullback Tyler Clutts is worth his roster spot.

Maybe the spot would be better spent on another linebacker, a running back or a safety. Then you watch the Dallas Cowboys pulverize Seattle on their go-ahead touchdown drive and you realize he’s worth it.

After all, he’s averaging only nine snaps per game. Clutts tied his season-high with 14 snaps against Seattle.

“As a team that values running the football and being physical, having that fullback -- that lead guy -- is a good way to run the football and it challenges defenses," coach Jason Garrett said. "I also think he’s gotten better.”

Clutts had a key block on DeMarco Murray's 25-yard run in the fourth quarter and his 15-yard touchdown run two plays later. Two weeks ago against Houston, Clutts had another good block on a critical third-and-1 in overtime.

The Cowboys have converted seven of nine runs on 3rd-and-1.

“The fullback position is always a big question,” Garrett said. "How many snaps is he getting? But we believe in the value of the fullback in some of those two-back formations and personnel groups we’re going to be in. We saw at the end of the game the other day it’s not so much the quantity but the quality and the importance of the situation. Short yardage and goal line are some really important downs.”