New York Jets FB Chad Young is the Ultimate Dark Horse of 2014

By Luis Tirado Jr.
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Not a single team in all of the NFL cared to draft fullback Chad Young due to scouting reports and analysis claiming he wouldn’t last which made his journey into the league even harder. You see, he is ready to take a major opportunity by the horns and run with it like there is no tomorrow. Against all odds, he kept fighting to make his dreams turn into reality and never gave up. Young was indeed given an opportunity of a lifetime when one team took a chance on him when no one else would in the New York Jets.

The Jets see something in him that potentially could turn Young into the ultimate dark horse candidate to make the team and even be a starter. When one thinks about the fullback position, not much comes to mind except an athlete who helps with protecting the quarterback or blocking on rushing formations. The NFL has turned into a passing league now with quarterbacks and wide receivers lighting up the scene. However, with a team like the Jets that is committed to the plan on having a ground-and-pound style of running the football, the fullback position is of the utmost importance.

At the current moment, the Jets have Tommy Bohanon as a projected starter battling it out this summer with Young. Bohanon is inconsistent and was really a non-factor last season, but since the Jets had plenty of offensive problems, especially with turning the football over so many times, he was overlooked. Whichever guy comes out victorious this summer will be given the spot with the other being released as the Jets only plan to have one active player at the position. Young has plenty of upside and would actually be an upgrade over Bohanon.

What separates Young from Bohanon is his incredible strength and the ability to create extraordinary blocks on rushing attempts. This attribute of stellar blocking is key to a successful running game the Jets plan to utilize this season. Young will bring a hard work mentality on offense if he makes it with the Jets. Keep in mind that at San Diego State, he was also a walk-on athlete who ended up not only making the team but over time became team captain. Young knows that if you keep at it, your time will come. He’s a living example that hard work does indeed pay off in the end as he has an incredibly good chance to make the Jets’ final roster and be named a starter at the same time.

Luis Tirado Jr. is a New York Jets writer for Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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