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Posted by Kevin Bowen on April 30, 2013 – 7:45 am

At the top of the list for quality fullbacks comes the ability to be a successful blocker.

NFL offenses are continually evolving and while versatility at every position continues to grow, fullbacks around the league still must be able to pave the way for running backs behind them.

Stanley Havili knows exactly that.

“I think the biggest thing for a fullback to be good, is wanting to block,” Havili, the Colts new fullback said last week. “I want to do it. I want to go out there and open holes for the running backs.”

“At the same time I know, I can catch the ball and make plays with the ball in my hand. But first and foremost, I think I’m a good blocker.”

Over the past several years, Colts fans have seen players of virtually every shape and size line up at the fullback position.

Defensive linemen, linebackers, offensive linemen have all played the role of a fullback for the Colts but the addition of Havili should give Pep Hamilton’s offense a ‘true’ fullback.

Havili, who is entering his third NFL season after two years with the Eagles, excelled as a receiver during his time at USC (he is the Trojans’ all-time leading receiver at fullback) and that ability should be an ideal fit for Hamilton’s scheme.

The Colts are beginning their third week of OTAs and while the installation of the offense is still early, Havili likes what he’s seeing.

“This offense is a lot similar to USC’s offense and little things that we did with the Eagles, and more so Stanford and the power running game,” Havili said.

“It’s something that I’m familiar with so it’s not like I’m learning a whole new offense which I’m lucky. I think that’s the biggest part is that I understand the basics of this offense.”

Back in 2011, then Eagles Director of Player Personnel Ryan Grigson was apart of selecting Havili with the 240th overall selection.

After Havili was acquired via trade late last month, Grigson had a short message for the player he knows very well.

“(Grigson) basically just told me to come in here and “work hard,” Havili said.

“He knows what I’m capable of. If I come in, work hard, contribute on special teams than things will work out.”

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