Eagles’ Klecko shifting back to defensive tackle

Dan Klecko (left) will shift back to defensive tackle after the Eagles signed Leonard Weaver. (Tom Mihalek / Associated Press)

Dan Klecko (left) will shift back to defensive tackle after the Eagles signed fullback Leonard Weaver. (Tom Mihalek / Associated Press)

Dan Klecko is back at his natural position.

After the Eagles signed free-agent FB Leonard Weaver on March 20, they told Klecko that he would switch back to defensive tackle from fullback — and that was fine with him.

“That’s the position I’ve played my entire career,” Klecko told the Eagles’ team Web site. “We went as far as we were going to go with the fullback position.”

Klecko, who has played fullback, defensive tackle, linebacker and special teams during his six-year NFL career, signed a two-year contract with the Eagles last summer to play fullback. The team initially ditched the plan but then went forward with it five games into the season, though Klecko had made the roster as a defensive tackle and picked up two sacks.

From there on out, Klecko was a fullback. But not anymore.

The Eagles’ Web site had more about Klecko’s move back to defensive tackle:

    Klecko has always been an undersized defensive tackle, so he hasn’t had to dramatically change his weight. The key to Klecko’s success this season is his ability to rush the passer. As outstanding as Mike Patterson and Brodrick Bunkley are — Klecko said that they are “already All-Pros” in his mind — sacks were not plentiful at the defensive tackle position last season. Patterson notched a half-sack in the season opener. Bunkley had as many as Klecko did.
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