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Report: Bills signing fullback Patrick DiMarco

The Buffalo Bills are indeed signing a fullback, it's just not the one that was rumored to be on the way to Western New York earlier Wednesday.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that the team has agreed in principle to sign fullback Patrick DiMarco when the NFL's new league year opens at 4 p.m. Thursday. DiMarco, 27, is a 6-foot-1, 234-pounder who has spent the past four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons.


Earlier Wednesday, the Bills were linked to Ravens fullback Kyle Juszczyk, a Pro Bowl selection in 2016. Juszczyk had 78 catches over the past two seasons in a hybrid fullback/tight end role.

DiMarco isn't a big of a receiving option. He has just 37 catches over the past four years for 273 yards and four touchdowns. He's carried the ball just once in his career. He'll be counted on to be running back LeSean McCoy's new lead blocker. The website Pro Football Focus gave DiMarco its highest grade for run blocking by fullbacks in 2016.

DiMarco originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012 before joining the Falcons.

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