Meet the Running Back (RB)
The difference between the types of running backs is the following:
- size & strength of the player
- their location in the offensive backfield
Fullbacks are the bigger of the three types of running backs. Their job is to defend the halfback or tailback from being tackled by defensive players. They align themselves close to the halfback or tailback at the start of the scrimmage down.
PRO TIP: You can remember a tailback because where he stands on the field makes it look like the letter 'T'.
On a passing play, the running back is considered an eligible receiver. He will look for a pass thrown by the quarterback. If the pass is caught, it is considered a completion. If the pass is dropped or thrown out-of-bounds it is an incompletion.
Learn more about how passing works in football here.
On a running play, the running back will be handed the ball hand from the quarterback. Once the running backs has the ball, it is his job to carry the ball down the field for a gain of yards. Halfbacks or tailbacks will usually run with the ball. Fullbacks will defend the the ball carrier from being tackled.
Learn more about how running the ball works in football here.