The Falcons, who are trying to improve their power and short-yardage-offense package, are interested in Dallas Cowboys fullback Keith Smith, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Smith is a restricted free agent to whom the Cowboys do not plan to make a tender offer. He’ll become an unrestricted free agent March 14. Smith, who’s 6-foot-2 and 232 pounds, is a converted linebacker. He played at San Jose State.
Smith has played in 32 games the past two seasons with four starts. He’s mostly been a lead-blocker for running back Ezekiel Elliott and has only two carries and has caught eight of nine passes for 46 yards.
The Falcons are considering a better lead-blocking fullback. They are also taking a long look at both guard positions, which were manned by Andy Levitre and Wes Schweitzer last season.
“As we go through it, some of it is scheme, and we’ll for sure look into that and to add to the mix on some guys who would almost have a unique role just for that,” Quinn said. “We are looking into every option for that.”
Quinn said he learned a lesson from legendary coach Bill Walsh to have some role players for specific situation.
“He might be a short-yardage fullback,” Quinn said. “When you used the term ‘power,’ I know where you’re coming from. (Are) there other guys that we can put in unique spots to make plays?”