The New York Jets Fullback’s for the 2014 season.
Running back Chris Johnson has been critical in the past about his linemen opening holes for him. This year he’ll have two blocking backs at his disposal.
In 2014, as was the case in 2013, there will be a new challenge to the incumbent for the starting fullback position;
Chad young (22) is an undrafted free agent out of San Diego state. Listed as 5′-9.3″ 240# with a 4.89 / 40 time and famous as reportedly the one who called 34-year-old QB-Mike Vick “sir” after being given direction in the huddle.
Young was a Walk-on to San Diego state whom was later given a scholarship.
Young is reportedly best know as a blocker, but has some footing issues while blocking larger defensive linemen.
His statistics from goaztecs.com
2013: Ran 22 times for 115 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught 15 passes for 70 yards and a touchdown. But Young is most known for his blocking ability.
2012: Had 18 catches for 108 yards and three touchdowns and two carries for 13 yards
2011: Former walk-on, who was placed on scholarship before the start of the fall semester … Played in all 13 games, rushing 16 times for 43 yards and two touchdowns … Also caught 11 passes for 63 yards and another score.
Tommy Bohanon(24) is the Jets only veteran fullback on the current roster after replacing Lex Hillard at the position in 2013.
OurLads.com 2013 breakdown:
TOMMY BOHANON: Wake Forest, 6′ 1″ 246# 4.88 /40 H-back type who blocks well on the run. Good hands to catch the ball outside his frame. Will face up block. Weight room strong. A willing blocker with physical toughness.
But Bohanon doesn’t feel safe “not at all” stating “I have to earn my job like anybody else on the team, I have to go in and do my best every day, because it’s still a competition no matter what.”
In 2013, Bohanon rushed for 62 yards on 17 carries while adding 69 yards on 11 receptions out of the backfield.
With an improved line and backfield weapons, Bohanon may have better results on fewer snaps this year.
” I take a lot of pride in opening up holes and being able to give the running backs all the room that they need.”
Much like TE-Jace Amaro, Bohanon said;
“I think I definitely have progressed in the aspect of knowing the ins and outs of the playbook, Before, I was learning a new system and all the terminology. Now it’s just getting that much more advanced in the system and understanding everything about it as opposed to just knowing what I needed to do”
If any aspect of Bohanon’s game leads to his replacement, it may be his performance in short-yardage situations, especially near the goal line. The Jets eventually employed Sheldon Richardson as a short-yardage back in goal-line situations. Richardson scored two touchdowns.
Hilliard’s career with the Jets may be over. He is on their list of unsigned free agents. Undrafted free agent Chad Young from San Diego State will provide Bohanon competition. Young has modest offensive numbers. He is reputedly a skilled blocker.