In case anyone wasn't clear on the Buffalo Bills' intention of fielding a power-oriented offense this season, the team put another exclamation point on it Wednesday by adding hard-hitting fullback John Conner.
The Bills made room for him on their 90-man roster by releasing another fullback, Corey Knox, but Conner is more of the prototype of the sledgehammer blocker coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Greg Roman want at the position.
The Bills have another such fullback in Jerome Felton, a former Minnesota Viking whom they acquired in free agency. Felton is the clear favorite to start, but Conner is likely to have a good chance to compete for a roster spot.
That's because Ryan has history with the 5-foot-11, 245-pound Conner, whom the New York Jets made a fifth-round draft pick from Kentucky in 2010, Ryan's second season as their coach. After being released in 2012, Conner returned to the Jets in 2013 and 2014, Ryan's final two seasons in New York.
Conner's nickname is the "The Terminator," because he shares the same name as a character of the movie franchise and because of his powerful frame and physical style of play.
Entering his sixth NFL season, Conner has played in 62 career games. He has 27 carries for 108 yards and two touchdowns. He also has caught 12 passes for 84 yards and a score.