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Jets fullback Tommy Bohanon works with running backs coach Anthony Lynn last Friday at SUNY Cortland.
Bohanon hopes to bolster backfield
With quiet efficiency, Tommy Bohanon does his part helping to improve the New York Jets running game.
The 23-year-old enters his second season with the Jets having been a seventh-round draft pick by Gang Green in 2013. Bohanon replaced former fullback John Conner, who held the position from 2010-12.
Bohanon started eight of the 16 games played in 2013, gaining 62 yards on 17 carries, an average of 3.6 yards per carry. The Wake Forest grad also caught 11 passes for 69 yards, a respectable 6.3 yards per catch, and was the leading blocker for the rest of the running backs.
With a talented backfield that has Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell returning from the 2013 season and the newly acquired free agent Chris Johnson from the Tennessee Titans, Bohanon is the guy in the shadows. He seems to be all right with that as he heads into the upcoming campaign.
“I am definitely excited about this season,” Bohanon said. “Those names you mentioned (Ivory, Powell, Johnson) shows we have a great backfield. I really am excited to be blocking for them. I hope we do everything we need to do to become one of the best backfields in the league.”