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All hands on deck for Bills' fullback duties; McIntyre gone

By Tim Graham

What a novelty it was to see defensive tackle Kyle Williams play fullback in a few of the Buffalo Bills' goal-line situations last year.

New head coach Doug Marrone intends to use his grunts down there on the regular.

"You'll see it when you get down probably to the goal line, short yardage or maybe bringing in a defensive tackle or an offensive lineman or things like that going on," Marrone said at the Bills' post-draft news conference Saturday.

"I look at it as you can only dress so many for that game, how much are you going to get to use at this position or this player and that. So you have to look for the versatility I believe."

Marrone, who has been more forthcoming about his offensive plans lately, indicated the Bills will transition away from traditional fullback usage to more of an H-back style. They drafted Arkansas tight end Chris Gragg in the seventh round with that in mind.

"Maybe you can put [Gragg] in the backfield, and I think that you'll start to see more of that as we go forward and what style we're playing," Marrone said. "I think you look in college, you really have to go and find what maybe we, showing our age, remember with the true fullbacks.

"You'll see more of that probably hybrid tight end. And those are things that I'm looking at."

The Bills expressed interest in re-signing blocking back Corey McIntrye after the season, but their designs have changed.

"It seems pretty obvious that it's no longer the right fit for either side," McIntyre's agent, Brett Tessler, said today. "We'll be looking for work elsewhere. Corey is staying in shape and waiting for the right opportunity to come along."

McIntyre was a Bills special-teams captain last year. Of the six they named for opening day, only two -- running back Fred Jackson and Williams -- remain on the roster 2013. Gone are quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, safety George Wilson, punter Brian Moorman and McIntrye.

The two fullbacks on Buffalo's roster, Frank Summers (a more traditional 5-foot-9, 248 pounds)  and rookie Drew Smith (a lanky 6-foot-2, 225 pounds), were street free agents

"We brought Summers in to work with us now, and I was really pleasantly surprised with the job he did in camp," Marrone said. "I think that normally you like to go in with two fullbacks into camp."

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2013 draft | Chris Gragg | Corey McIntyre | Doug Marrone | Drew Smith | Frank Summers
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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

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Jay Skurski

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