Atlanta Falcons fullback Patrick DiMarco probably wasn't happy when Collin Mooney became his teammate earlier this month. He isn't going to come out and say it, and I wouldn't expect him to. After signing a two-year deal in the off-season, DiMarco probably didn't see it coming.
DiMarco has his work cut out for him. While Mooney wasn't in the league last year, he's a very different player than DiMarco. Mooney could be a better fit in Kyle Shanahan's system, given his ability to fill a hybrid FB/RB role. As a college senior, Mooney rushed for nearly 1,400 yards.
But a little competition doesn't scare DiMarco. In fact, he's looking forward to it. Credit to Vaughn McClure for the quote.
"It's just going to push me to be a better player," DiMarco said. "When competition comes to you, you've got to step up to the plate and you've got to play good. That's my whole thing. There's nothing that he's going to do that's going to change me. I've just got to continue to work on my craft and continue to get better every day."
A player is more than one bad play. DiMarco is more than his dropped pass in the 2nd quarter of the Falcons' season ending, week 17 loss to the Carolina Panthers. He's been a reliable player, and I've spoken out in his defense before. Even so, NFL rosters aren't static, especially after a regime change. It's back to square one for DiMarco, whether he likes it or not.