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The art of the lead block — as explained by new Chiefs fullback Michael Burton

In modern football, playing fullback is a lost art. The skillset it requires used to personify the sport. Now, fullbacks are on the field only for short-yardage offensive situations and special teams plays.

These days, there’s only a handful of NFL teams that even roster a fullback — let alone use one in a significant capacity. The Kansas City Chiefs are one that still does — as its signing of veteran Michael Burton has proved. They didn’t want to replace now-retired Anthony Sherman with an undrafted free agent or inexperienced player. Instead, they made sure to secure a fullback with NFL experience.