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The time from now until training camp can be filled with a mix of vacations and training regiments for players and personnel, but for hardcore NFL fans it’s more of a time filled with vodka and despair.
We’ll be counting down to the July 23rd, report-to-Cortland date, by featuring current players with roster numbers that correspond with the number of days left. For days without a corresponding player, we’ll be featuring other players and maybe (like today) some surprises.
“With but few exceptions, it is always the underdog who wins through sheer willpower.” – Johnny Weissmuller
As there are no players on the roster with the number ’14’ — in regards to the number of days left until the team reports to Cortland — today I will be featuring some players that could surprise to make the 53-man roster.
The following players are ranked in order of likelihood (1 being best), in my opinion, of making the team.
5) Fullback/Running Back Chad Young
Young is currently listed on the New York Jets roster as a running back, but he was used almost exclusively in a fullback-type role while with the San Diego State Aztecs.
Fullbacks need to be able to do the dirty work, pile-driving through defenders to create space for running backs and hold their ground to assist in pass-protection. Young was excellent at being a 5’10”, 230 lb wrecking ball, but was also able to catch and rush when called upon to. The Aztecs can thank Young for 10 TDs and 416 combined rushing and receiving yards through his four seasons of work.
Rex Ryan loves his blue-collar players; from Young’s appearance to his aggressive play style, he may just turn a few heads in training camp. In college, he was given the nickname of ‘The Juggernaut.”
Competition: (FB) Tommy Bohanon — The Jets just drafted Bohanon in 2013, and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg was not shy about utilizing him throughout the season. It may be difficult to fend off a player with a year advantage in the system, while memories of a certain ‘Terminator’ may deter some of the front office’s interests in Young.
Players 4 and 3 on the next page…