Coach Marc Trestman’s offense will feature numerous formations that spread out defenses and put running back Matt Forte all over the field.

But there’s still a place for the prototypical fullback the hit-a-linebacker-in-the-mouth variety.

When fullback/H-back Evan Rodriguez ran into his legal troubles this offseason and was cut in June the Bears quickly moved to sign Tony Fiammetta. The four-year veteran is more of a prototypical fullback than Rodriguez who was a tight end in college.

Fiammetta played for running backs coach Skip Peete and special-teams coordinator/assistant head coach Joe DeCamillis with the Dallas Cowboys in 2011. Those relationships helped lead to his arrival. He liked what he heard about the Bears’ offense. In 2002 when Trestman was the Oakland Raiders’ offensive coordinator fullbacks Zack Crockett and Jon Ritchie were included in his plans.

“I had some people that helped me see what the system was about” Fiammetta said referring to Peete and DeCamillis. “Once I heard it was a West Coast offense I know that it’s a wide-open offense and that the fullback does multiple things. The more I can be utilized the better.”

Offensive coordinator/line coach Aaron Kromer is installing a zone-blocking scheme and Fiammetta said he’s comfortable with the fullback’s role in it.

“That’s what I’m used to” said Fiammetta who began his career with the Carolina Panthers and spent time with the New England Patriots in 2012. “A lot of teams around the league run it. Going back since my rookie season I’ve had a lot of that in the offenses that I’ve dealt with.”