Arizona Cardinals running back Elijhaa Penny might not technically be a running back by the time the season rolls around in September. He proved at the end of last season he could handle some of the rushing load, averaging four yards per carry on 31 attempts.
However, with a new coach and a new offense, he appears to be preparing for a different role.
According to Mike Jurecki, Penny will be moving into a versatile role of fullback, H-back and tight end.
Penny is 6-foot-2 and 235 pounds. He would be undersized to be a traditional tight end, but as a fullback or H-back, he could have some value. He has the size to be physical at the point of attack and he has shown he is effective in short-yardage situations. The most important thing for him do, though, is block.
If he is going to make the roster in this capacity, he will have to show his worth as a blocker and on special teams. So far in his career, he has made all the improvements coaches have asked of him. To stay on the team this year, he will need to do it again.