Jets' Position Battles: Fullback

As positional battles heat up, we will explore the Green and Whites' options at fullback for the 2014 season. With only two fullbacks on the roster, the competition find out who is challenging the incumbent starter Tommy Bohanon and which player has the upper-hand in the competition heading into training camp.

The New York Jets continue their positional competitions into minicamp as the position battle for starting fullback is underway. Tommy Bohanon seemed to be the sure lock as the starting fullback for 2014 after having a successful season in 2013. However, GM John Idzik and his love for competition thought differently. After the Jets decided to let Lex Hilliard hit the open market, they brought in the undrafted free agent rookie, Chad Young. The competition is starting to heat up, so let the games begin for the starting fullback position.

Front Runner: Tommy Bohanon

Last year, the Jets drafted Tommy Bohanon to create competition for Lex Hilliard at the fullback position. After Hilliard was placed on the injured reserve list for the entire 2013 season, the competition for the starting fullback job was over. Bohanon stepped right in and never looked back, keeping his foot on the gas.

After finishing the season with a spread of 17 carries for 62 yards and 11 receptions for 69 yards over 16 games, Bohanon's production exceeded Hilliard's of 2012. Even with his primary duties of serving as a blocking fullback, Bohanon is athletic and has shown that he can carry and catch the ball effectively. After having a solid rookie campaign look for Bohanon to lead the way in the fullback competition.

In the Mix: Chad Young

As an undrafted free agent it is hard to make a spot on the roster, let alone a starting job. Young is the only other fullback on the roster for Gang Green and so by default, Young has the opportunity to compete for the starting job. It will be hard to beat out the incumbent fullback competition champion, Bohanon, but the former San Diego State fullback has a realistic chance. As seen with Bohanon, if there is an injury or Young surprises coaches during minicamp, anything can be possible.

Young had a good finish to his collegiate career, where he carried the rock 22 times for a total of 115 yards, while recording three touchdowns. Even though he was primarily used as a run-blocker, Young had some opportunities coming out of the backfield on passing plays. The former walk-on fullback had 15 receptions for 70 yards and one receiving touchdown. Young is athletic, has great blocking skills, and possesses decent hands. However it may not be enough to beat out his competing counterpart, Tommy Bohanon.


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