Few seventh-round draft picks make the final 53 on an NFL roster and fewer still do it as a starter. But Tommy Bohanon is on the verge of doing both. The rookie fullback received extensive playing time in the Jets’ preseason opener and looks like a good bet to start when the games count. Bohanon — a 6-foot-1 247-pounder from Wake Forest who signed a four-year deal for a reported $2.2 million — played a lot in the Jets’ 26-17 loss to the Lions on Friday and he was practicing with the first team yesterday at SUNY Cortland. “I definitely take encouragement with that and they’re building a lot of confidence in me to do a lot of things for the offense whether it be blocking running with the ball catching the ball anything that I can do to help the offense’’ said Bohanon who is battling with fifth-year incumbent Lex Hilliard for the starting job. “I try to come out every day and outwork as many people as I can” Bohanon said. “I’m out there trying to do everything I can to be the best player I possibly can be and that’s something I pride myself on being able to go out there and do all the things I need to do to be playing.’’ Bohanon’s receiving work at Wake Forest — 51 catches for 405 yards and seven touchdowns as a tight end and H-back — showed he had reliable hands and versatility. He proved his strength in the NFL Combine with his 36 reps at 225 pounds in the bench press the best in this year’s draft class. Bohanon also has been tested early in training camp in one-back sets because of the absence of Mike Goodson and Chris Ivory who has just starting practicing after suffering a hamstring injury. Now the only question is whether Bohanon has shown head coach Rex Ryan and running backs coach Anthony Lynn enough to start against the Buccaneers in Week 1?
Versatile FB Bohanon may be starter for Jets
New York Post | Aug 15