The people over at PFF wrote about Patrick DiMarco in a recent article.
It hasn’t been a great season for Kansas City Chiefs fans, by any stretch of the imagination, with their team finding new ways to lose seemingly each week. That was further evidenced this week, as they ran for 354 yards against the Indianapolis Colts yet still lost due to the complete lack of a passing game altogether. Still, it’s an impressive feat to rush for over 350 yards and, while the plaudits went to Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis for racking up the yards, the most impressive performance in the Chiefs’ backfield came from the one doing the lead blocking, fullback Patrick DiMarco. An undrafted free agent out of South Carolina in 2011, DiMarco didn’t see the field on offense until Week 13 this year. Despite this, he has managed to impress us with his play as a lead blocker in that time. He may have caught our interest in the previous three weeks, but it was Sunday that made us really take notice.
As good as his performance against the Colts was, with just two negatively graded plays, his play was highlighted by two key third-quarter blocks that set up long runs by Charles. First, on 1st-and-10 with 14:55 left in the third quarter, he lead Charles round the outside before cut blocking safety Joe Lefeged to the ground and allowing Charles to carry on downfield easily. Then, on 2nd-and-1 with 12:55 left in the same quarter, he drove Colts linebackerDwight Freeney inside, allowing Charles to cut back into open space for another big gain. We have only four games of work on DiMarco, and even then only two with a significant amount of snaps, but, in a league where true fullbacks are ever dwindling, the young man is definitely worth keeping an eye on heading into next season.