Considered to be a one-speed running back, Joey Iosefa fell to the seventh-round before Tampa Bay used their last selection to nab the Hawaii product.
Following rookie minicamp last weekend, Iosefa believes this is his first chance to disprove the notion that he’s a one-trick pony and put his versatility on display.
“It’s something I was really working hard on, running routes, catching the ball,” Iosefa said. “I have the ability to catch the ball but to finally get to showcase in front of the coaches – I want to be more of a versatile back (that) can run the ball, block, and catch the ball from the backfield.”
Given his power and bulky frame, it seems natural that the Buccaneers would try to develop Iosefa into a blocking back. And, considering the style of play he’s most familiar with, Iosefa is ready for the transition.
“For my type of running back, (I am) more like a downhill back, so now I’ll use that (to) transition to fullback, Iosefa said. “It’s pretty much not that big (of a) transition, it’s more (just) without a ball. Now, I’ve got to help out my running back because I know how it feels to run the ball with a fullback in front.”
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