Many NFL offenses have moved away from the fullback role, but the Jets are likely going to hold onto the traditional lead blocker and pass catcher with their rookie draftee Tommy Bohanon. Coming out of Wake Forest Bohanon was better known for his catching skills, but it is going to be his blocking that allows him to stick with an NFL team. According to Kristian Dyer in Metro, Bohanon is coming along nicely in that regard.
One part of his game that is emerging is his blocking, something that is a surprise to many people. Wake Forest often operated out of the spread offense which emphasizes more of a pass-catching role for the fullback. But on Saturday night in the second preseason game, Bohanon repeatedly picked up on his blocking assignments to great effect. He even delivered a crushing hit or two.
Early in Monday’s practice session, Bohanon picked up on a blitzing Calvin Pace, leveraging his pads and standing up the veteran outside linebacker. Pace was stopped dead in his tracks, unable to get at quarterback Geno Smith. It is the product again of Bohanon showing a willingness to listen and learn.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comAs you read the article, it is very clear that John Idzik’s personal connection with Bohanon is strong, either rightly or wrongly. While there might be some who cry foul on this, Bohanon was a seventh round draft pick and he seems to be coming along, so there’s no cause for hue and cry about this … until we get to the point where his spot with the team is impacting more competent players from joining the team, as Conner did and as Scotty did.
According to Bent, Bohanon had a few miscues last week against the Jags, but on the whole was more consistent this early on in his game than John Conner ever was. Also, the tight ends will take on some of the blocking role and while the fullback is used in a Mornhinweg offense, it is a less important component than other offenses the Jets have run of late. All that to say that the Jets should be covered to allow Bohanon the time he needs to grow into his role.