Digging Deep: Tyler Clutts
Patrick D. Starr
We had to find out more about new Houston Texans fullback Tyler Clutts so we traveled to Chicago, not really, and enlisted the help of Adam Oestmann on Chicago Bears Huddle of ChicagoNow. We asked Adam for his thoughts on Clutts and what he could bring to Houston.
He covered a few things that should make the Texans fans feel better about the 6'2", 260 lbs. fullback coming to lead block for Arian Foster and company.
Adam tell us:
Well, basically, the Bears want to run a lot of “Ace Personnel” this season (2 TEs and 2 WRs). They’ll use their tight ends as lead blockers primarily but also to create matchup issues in the passing game given their new weapons on the outside in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. I’m telling you this because it serves to show why Clutts is no longer in Chicago, because it has nothing to do with his play—he simply didn’t fit what the Bears wanted to do this season.
Prior to the trade, Clutts was, in my opinion, the best in-line blocker the Bears had out of the backfield. He played all 16 games last season, half of which he started. Not bad for a guy snatched off an NFL practice squad. Make no mistake about it—tape doesn’t lie—the addition of Clutts was a big part of what allowed Matt Forte to have such a breakout season in 2011; it’s something I know personally that he took a lot of pride in.
He’s the type of player you just want on your team: hungry, driven, humble, smart. He’s a good guy. He’s a solid special teams contributor, and when you review a lot of the Bears’ big returns last season, it’s no coincidence that Clutts was on the field blocking for a most of them. Well miss him in Chicago, but if the Texans plan on using him to his strengths, they won’t be sorry.