The Cincinnati Bengals signed Iowa running back Mark Weisman, per multiple reports, including the Cedar Rapids Gazette.
Mark Weisman agrees to terms with Cincinnati Bengals. John Lowdermilk to the San Diego Chargers.— Scott Dochterman (@ScottDochterman) May 3, 2015
Weisman generated 2,602 yards rushing on 599 carries (4.3 yard/rush average) and scored 24 touchdowns (15 during his junior season). In a story with the Gazette, Weisman just wants a chance to compete; some background information on the former Hawkeye.
At Iowa, Weisman converted from fullback to a workhorse running back out of necessity his sophomore year. He became a physical, trustworthy ball carrier and earned 44 starts. Weisman’s 2,602 yards ranks sixth in school history and his 32 rushing touchdowns are third.
But the three-time academic all-Big Ten competitor doesn’t fit the mold of an NFL running back. There are quickness and burst issues that prevented him from wider acclaim at Iowa. But he’s a self-aware player and knows fullback is his best route to the NFL. He’s bulked back up from his Iowa weight of around 235 pounds to more than 240. The two-year team captain’s work ethic is beyond reproach, and he will do whatever it takes to help a squad succeed.
Here's a part of Black Heart Gold Pants' insightful post titled, "Mark Weisman: A New Owner's Guide":
WAS THIS A GOOD SIGNING?
It could be, yeah. Obviously, the bar of expectations is much lower for a fullback than a running back -- he's going to be asked to block and protect, with the occasional carry or reception mixed in. Projecting his performance as a lead blocker is tricky, but he has all the tools to succeed in that role. He can also be a useful weapon carrying the ball in short-yardage situations or near the goal line. If that sounds like a role that your team needs filled, then yeah, Weisman might just be your man.