ORLANDO FL - DECEMBER 28: Taylor Gentry #47 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack looks on during the Champs Sports Bowl against the West Virginia Mountineers at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium on December 28 2010 in Orlando Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
After the Kansas City Chiefs let Le'Ron McClain leave for the San Diego Charger this offseason, the team's fullback position is a question mark and should be one of the key battles focused upon in training camp. Taylor Gentry is one of the hopefuls on the roster, and the uphill climb is nothing new.
The Chiefs signed Gentry as an undrafted free agent this spring, and the N.C. State product went through the same gauntlet trying to get on with the Wolfpack.
"I look at it (as) being a walk-on again," Gentry told the Charlotte News & Observer. "I was told by so many people, even by my friends, I wasn't going to make it at N.C. State. I've got the same opportunity to make a name for myself with the Chiefs, and that's what I plan to do."
Josh Looney at the Mother Ship recently profiled the fullback position as a key training camp battle to watch between Gentry and last year's seventh round draft choice Shane Bannon. Looney mentions that the Chiefs have other options depending how Daboll lays out his roster:
There's the option of going the traditional route with Bannon or Gentry. Flexibility can be found in tight end Jake O'Connell, who's shifted in and around the backfield during his time with the Chiefs. Then there is the wildcard in Hillis, who began his career as a fullback and briefly played the position under Daboll before moving to tailback on a permanent basis.
Gentry is looking forward to the chance to prove himself and is consulting with Jamaal Charles on what the Chiefs are looking for.
"They're looking for a fullback to be physical and mean but who can still catch the ball," Gentry said. "I can do that. I know I can do that."