Jason Cabinda has usually been a group player, and he’s proving that with the Detroit Lions this year. Soon after playing at linebacker via his initially two NFL seasons, Cabinda could have to make the permanent move to fullback this fall.
Late in the 2019 season, Detroit’s beginning fullback, Nick Bawden, went down with an injury. Needing a person to fill that spot, the Lions turned to Cabinda, and he could be staying there in 2020.
In an interview with the Lions official group web-site, Cabinda talked about what it is like as he transitions from linebacker to fullback. When it came to leaving his typical position and flipping to offense, Cabinda stated he just wanted to come across a way to have a good influence with the group.
“I was capable to take some reps final year in the course of the season when Nick (Bawden) went down,” Cabinda told the official group web-site. “In terms of the conversations (this offseason to a complete-time switch to offense), I’ve usually been a group-initially sort of guy. What ever the group requirements. That is sort of the variety of dude I’ve usually been. I am truly just in a position that wherever I am necessary, I will do.”
Of course, there are specific elements of playing fullback that are equivalent to the linebacker position. Cabinda knows that it is a position that requires a lot of toughness and includes looking for out an opponent and laying a highly effective hit on him. Rather of filling holes in the offensive line, Cabinda will just be producing positive that they’re wide open.
“You sort of just have your guy and go hit him,” Cabinda stated. “Do what you got to do. It really is a gritty position, no doubt about that. You have to be in the trenches and go out there and block and make holes and make some catches in the flat and sort of make plays when you can.”
When stopping opposing offenses has been a point of pride for Cabinda earlier in his profession, he cannot deny the enjoyment he gets out of producing plays on offense. He could not get also lots of touches, but he does have one thing planned if he’s capable to turn one particular of them into a touchdown.
“Offense is exciting,” Cabinda stated. “It really is exciting to score touchdowns. It really is exciting to make plays. It really is exciting to have the ball in your hands. I am excited, you know, what ever touches I get, I am going to make the most out of them, that is what I know.
“I will undoubtedly have one thing cooked up for you all when the time comes (to score), for positive.”
Cabinda played linebacker at Penn State from 2014 to 2017 just before signing with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted absolutely free agent in 2018. In 2019, he signed with the Lions and has been there ever given that.